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Labour MP Shane Jones' party
leadership bid was part-funded
by a cash donation from Sir Wira
Gardiner, husband of National Party
Cabinet minister Hekia Parata.
Mr Jones revealed said that Sir
Wira gave $1000 and NZ Oil and
Gas board member Rodger Finlay
also donated money to help the MP
to pay for his campaign to win the
Labour leadership last September.
Ms Parata did not learn about the
donation until last night.
Sir Wira said he was still a "paid-
up Tory", but wanted to encourage
Mr Jones said both men
approached him o ering donations,
which were to have remained
con dential until it was realised that
donations of more than $500 had
to be revealed in the MPs' register
of pecuniary interests, due out next
Mr Jones said he was "a little
surprised" to get money from Sir
Wira, who has longstanding links
with the National Party.
He brie y paused before accepting
because of how it might look to the
public and the Labour Party.
"But after a nanosecond, I never
gave it any more thought. I'm sure it
will raise a few eyebrows, but that's
Maoris and parties for you."
He and Sir Wira were not close
friends, although they they had
served together on the Fisheries
Commission for a short time.
He did not know if Ms Parata
knew about the donation.
"I think Wira has always had
peripheral vision and he's always
been pro-Maori in all his endeavours.
Although that makes him, for a
brief period of time, a benefactor, it
doesn't mean Hekia is in any way my
Prime Minister John Key was taken
by surprise when told last night of Sir
Wira's donation, initially responding,
"I'm somewhere between surprised
and shocked," he said.
"Sir Wira has had a long-term
desire to see Maori succeed into
"I can only guess that was his
motivation, rather than support for
the Labour Party."
Sir Wira told the Herald he gave
the money because he believed it
was important to encourage Maori
leadership. His support for National
had not changed.
He had not told Ms Parata about
the donation and she found out
about it only last night. It had
caused some upset to her and he had
"I gave it from a Maori context and
I didn't think, 'Shane is going for the
Labour leadership, or is opposed to
National or he's an opponent of my
wife's in the House'.
"I did what I've always done, and
that is support Maori leadership.
"While I'm a political animal in the
sense I'm a National Party supporter,
I'm more driven by kaupapa Maori.
I know what campaigns cost and
it's not a cheap thing to do. So I just
decided to do it and I did it."
Mr Jones is known for his strong
pro-mining stance in Labour but said
he had never met Mr Finlay before
his cash o er.
He is now Labour's economic
development spokesman and has a
leading role in forming the party's
mining policy. He denied the
donation would have any e ect on
that or that it had prompted his
attacks on the Green Party, saying his
views on mining were longstanding
and he had always been critical of the
Mr Finlay had not indicated he had
" e thing he mostly spoke to
me about was the importance of
biculturalism, and someone who
could be straight up and talk about
Pakeha things to Maori and Maori
things to Pakeha."
Mr Jones said money left over from
his campaign totalled more than
$1000, and was given to the Labour
Party, as required by its rules.
e MPs' annual register of
pecuniary interests is to be released
next month and Labour leader David
Cunli e's entry is expected to include
leadership campaign donations made
to the trust he used to take donations
to avoid disclosing them to the party.
Mr Key told TV3's Firstline this
morning that he was surprised when
he heard about the donations.
"In the end, as I understand it
Hekia wasn't aware of it but Wira's
free to do, like in any relationship,
(what he likes).
"I think it really goes back to
support of Maoridom --- they know
"At the end of the day, I'd have
better things to do with my $1000."
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 3
Rescued kayaker lucky
A kayaker who got into trouble in
rough seas o the Canterbury coast
on Sunday night was "extremely
lucky" to escape with his life,
rescuers say. e man activated his
locator beacon about 4km o shore
from Motunau Beach in North
Canterbury. e Christchurch-based
Westpac Rescue used night vision
goggles, and help from local shing
vessel Navigator, to nd the kayak
in strong o shore winds and rough
seas. He was returned to shore where
he was checked out by chopper
paramedics. --- APNZ
Girl airlifted after
A young girl was own to hospital
in Blenheim yesterday morning after
an allergic reaction to a wasp sting.
An ambulance communications
spokeswoman said the Nelson
Marlborough Rescue Helicopter
was called out about 9.40am after
the 10-year-old was stung. She
was picked up from Linkwater in
the Marlborough Sounds after
going into anaphylactic shock, and
choppered to Wairau Hospital. e
girl was treated and discharged.
in jetboat crash
An 18-year-old su ered serious
leg injuries when his jetboat crashed
into a riverbank in Hawke's Bay
yesterday. e crash happened north
of Marekakaho on the Ngaruroro
River, just after 3pm, a Lowe
Corporation Rescue Helicopter
spokeswoman said. e injured man
was own to Hawkes Bay Regional
Hospital for treatment, she said.
Liquor store robbery
Police are investigating the
aggravated robbery of a Whangarei
liquor store by a masked robber
wielding a weapon. A man wearing a
dark hoodie and bandanna entered the
Whangarei Liquor Centre on Maunu
Road about 6.30pm on Saturday. He
presented a weapon, believed to be
a rearm, at the store assistant and
demanded money and cigarettes.
e o ender then left with some
cash and cigarettes and was last seen
heading down the alleyway towards
First Avenue. --- APNZ-Northern
Police have released the name of a
Napier man who was found dead in a
drain on Good Friday after an accident
on his mobility scooter. He was
70-year-old Franklin Winston Long,
who lived in Marewa. Police said the
death was not suspicious.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
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Jones's leadership bid part-funded by Parata's husband
A Napier man has received visual
con rmation of his wife's safe arrival
at Everest Base Camp just hours after
an avalanche claimed 16 lives.
Napier Tramping Club president
Julia Mackie, with club members
Alison Greer and Les O'Shea, reached
Everest Base Camp on Saturday, only
a few hours after an avalanche in the
Khumbu Icefall, said husband Brian
Mr Mackie was receiving brief
updates from his wife at his Napier
home via email, Skype and Facetime
during his wife's 20-day trek in the
Himalayas. He received a photo via
email from his wife of the trio posing
triumphantly at Base Camp on
ere were lodges along the route
to Base Camp that provided "some
creature comforts", including internet
facilities, Mr Mackie said.
At least 16 people died in an
avalanche that swept through an area
above Everest Base Camp on Friday
morning. Despite the tragedy, Mr
Mackie had "never been concerned"
for his wife's safety.
" ey're heavy-duty trampers," Mr
Mackie said. " e biggest problem
they'll face is altitude sickness."
One of Mrs Mackie's fellow trekkers,
Jenny Burns, had been unable to reach
Base Camp due to altitude sickness,
and Mrs Mackie had su ered from
altitude sickness herself, he said.
Although it was their rst time at
Base Camp the party could draw on a
wealth of tramping experience. Only
last month they had been trekking in
Mount Aspiring National Park in the
South Island and Mrs Mackie was a
member of Search and Rescue New
Mr Mackie didn't quite share his
wife's zest for climbing. "I'm a pilot.
I y airplanes because it's quicker
and I don't have to carry a load," he
Mrs Mackie hoped this week to visit
schools involved in the Classrooms
in the Clouds project, which built
classrooms in the rural areas of the
Everest region of Nepal. e trekkers
had brought stationery supplies
from New Zealand to donate to the
"I daresay this won't be the last time
she takes on a challenge like this," Mr
Mackie said of his wife's success in
tackling the world's tallest mountain.
Mrs Mackie was due to return to their
Puketiri Road lifestyle block on May 3
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Napier man's wife arrives safely after Everest avalanche
A radical Islamic cleric standing
trial in New York on global terrorism
charges will this week come face-
to-face with a New Zealand woman
caught in a terrifying kidnapping
two decades ago.
Mary Quin, 59, was holidaying in
Yemen in 1998 when her small tour
group was taken hostage by armed
and masked militants.
Hours later, a re ght broke out
between the terrorists and Yemeni
government troops in which four of
the 16 hostages were killed.
Dr Quin was able to escape, and
later documented her harrowing
ordeal in a book, Kidnapped in
Her research, which included
speaking with diplomats, FBI
agents and a former Prime Minister
of the Arabian State, led her to
the man she believed was behind
the attack: Egyptian-born cleric
Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also
known as Abu Hamza al-Masri.
e hook-handed, one-eyed imam
was jailed in Britain for inciting
murder and racial hatred before
being extradited to the US in
2012 to stand trial on 11 terrorism
Palmerston North-born Dr Quin
is seen as the star prosecution
A tape-recording of a bold
encounter she had with Abu Hamza
at his Finsbury Park mosque in
north London will be played to the
jury in New York.
e mosque attracted hundreds
of young Muslims, including 9/11
conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui
and convicted terrorist "shoe
Abu Hamza has called the
9/11 attacks "a towering day in
history"and described Osama bin
Laden as a "hero"over his role in the
Yemen desert kidnapping.
e meeting came after Dr Quin
--- who was last year appointed
chief executive of the Government's
research and development body
Callaghan Innovation --- ew to
London to challenge him.
After seeing the high-pro le
mullah arrive at his mosque, she
approached him and he agreed to
a 15-minute chat with her that
would last an hour, the Sunday
People newspaper reports.
"I am surprised that you would
have come here," Abu Hamza told
Dr Quin asked his permission to
record their conversation and was
surprised when he agreed.
On tape, he admitted to providing
his associate Abu Hassan, who led
the hostage group, with a satellite
phone and to being in contact with
him during the ambush.
Abu Hamza said the plan was
to exchange the tourists for terror
suspects, including his own son and
stepson, the Sunday People reports.
instructed to keep the innocent
travellers safe and alive, and Abu
Hamza regretted that it ended in
bloodshed. "We never thought it
would be that bad," he said.
At the end of the meeting, Abu
Hamza gave Dr Quin his cellphone
number if she had any more
Abu Hamza, 56, denies conspiring
to support al-Qaeda before and
after the September 11, 2011, terror
Prosecutors allege he tried to start
a terrorist training camp in Oregon
a year after Dr Quin's kidnapping.
Dr Quin will take the stand this
week. e trial, in its second week,
is scheduled to last a month.
A former senior executive with
Xerox and Kodak, Dr Quin was
appointed to lead Callaghan
Innovation last year, and moved to
Wellington for the role.
Today Ms Quin declined to
comment before she took the stand.
She would not say whether she
was in New York to give evidence
in person, or whether she would be
appearing via audio-visual link.
"I'm not going to be making any
comment on the trial, certainly not
before it's over." --- APNZ
NZ woman to face kidnapper
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Mary Quin, inset, her kidnapper, Abu Hamza.
Despite Wanaka retailers failing to
be granted exceptions to trade over the
Easter weekend, stores threw open their
doors after reportedly being secretly told
no Labour inspectors would be visiting
the tourist town.
Almost all shops opened to customers
over the weekend, knowing there
would be no repercussions, Radio New
e area welcomed about 100,000
visitors for the Warbirds over Wanaka
No retailers would admit to RNZ
they knew Ministry of Business,
Employment and Innovation (MBIE)
o cials would be skipping the town, but
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was
aware inspectors would not be visiting.
"I know the Department of Labour
o cials weren't here this weekend, from
what I've heard.
" at's not the answer is it? Because
the law is still in place and if retailers
open they are still breaking the law and
that's just not satisfactory."
Ms Dean had twice attempted to
introduce legislation exempt Easter
trading rules in Wanaka, but her private
members bill was voted down.
She was now speaking with colleagues
about making changes to retail trading
hours and liquor licensing laws to get
around the Easter trading legislation.
Sally Gordon, owner of a clothing
store, told RNZ retailers had no option
but to open over the weekend.
"We need to be open in order to
survive because we have quiet times as
well --- also a tourist destination and
people who come here expect things to
do, they want to go shopping, they want
to go out to dinner, they want to have
MBIE's Labour department refused
to con rm labour inspectors were told
not to go to the tourist town over the
A spokesman for the ministry told
RNZ investigators would only look at
Wanaka Easter trading if a complaint
ey would not con rm if
complaints had yet been made.
Basic precautions are needed to
reduce the road toll, the country's
acting top road cop says following
the highest Easter road toll in three
Four people died in crashes
this Easter weekend, the highest
number of road deaths for the
period in three years. Last Easter,
three people died. ere were
no deaths in the same period in
Acting national road policing
manager Inspector Nic Brown said
the deaths this year were tragic and
"Sadly, it's still the simple things
that are seeing too many people
killed and injured. We ask everyone
to do their bit by slowing down,
wearing their seatbelt, staying o
the booze and driving to the road
and weather conditions...It's basic
Police would be maintaining a
highly visible presence on the roads
for the remaining week as many
holidaymakers continued to enjoy a
10-day extended Easter and Anzac
A reduced 4kph speed threshold
would be strictly enforced through
until 6am next Monday, Mr Brown
Associate Transport Minister
Michael Woodhouse said the toll
proved a reminder for motorists to
take care on the road.
"It is important that we remain
vigilant on the roads all year long.
Already this year more than 80
families have lost loved ones due
to road crashes, and many more are
dealing with the consequences of
e rst fatality was on ursday
at 5.20pm when a 44-year-
old female driver from Twizel
died following a crash on the
Fairlie-Tekapo Road in South
Her vehicle was travelling along
State highway 8 from Fairlie
towards Tekapo and appeared to
have lost control, left the road and
hit a tree, police said.
Speed, the vehicle's poor condition
and bad weather were contributing
factors, police said.
e driver was not believed to
have been wearing a seatbelt.
Shortly afterwards, 40-year-old
Alofaifo Afaese, of Helensville,
died instantly when the Mitsubishi
Pajero in which she was travelling
with her husband and two of their
children was involved in a head-on
collision with a Subaru on State
highway 16 west of Kumeu.
On Friday about 3.15am, Alan
Hammond, 80, of Ashburton was
struck by a vehicle on the Hinds-
Rangitata highway, about 5km
south of Hinds, South Canterbury.
He died as a result his injuries.
Speed and wet conditions are
believed to be factors in a road crash
that cost a 27-year-old Auckland
woman her life about 7.20am
Lysette Michelle Brown, from
Whenuapai, was driving north on
the Coatesville-Riverhead highway
north-west of Auckland when
her vehicle collided with a truck
travelling in the opposite direction.
e collision occurred near
a bend in wet conditions, and
the impact seriously damaged
the side of Ms Brown's vehicle.
Prime Minister John Key has
shot down a Green Party proposal
which would require all ministers
to publicly release records of their
meetings with external organisations.
e ministerial disclosure regime
proposal was introduced on Saturday
and is based on a system used in the
United Kingdom since 2010.
It would require all ministers
to publicly release records of
their meetings with external
organisations, overseas travel, gifts
given and received, and hospitality
Green Party co-leader Metiria
Turei said the records would be
released on a quarterly basis and
"A ministerial disclosure regime
will bring a much-needed boost to
the transparency and accountability
of government in New Zealand,"
Mrs Turei said.
" e public will be able to see, on
a regular basis, who ministers are
meeting with, who they're receiving
gifts and hospitality from, and
details of their overseas travel."
Similar information was already
available through the register
of pecuniary interests, but Mrs
Turei said it did not tell the
whole story and occurred only once
On 3 News' Firstline today, Mr
Key said the proposal wouldn't
solve issues surrounding Minister
Judith Collins' dinner in Beijing
last October with her friends and
bosses of milk exporter Oravida and
an unnamed Chinese border control
"Actually that information about
Judith Collins and the number of
times she saw Oravida in China
might have taken a wee while to get
there but it's in the public domain
and it's not stopping Labour asking
questions," Mr Key said.
"I don't think it does a hell of a lot,
at the end of the day, ministers and
MPs are accountable for what they
do. ere's already a whole series of
di erent avenues you can explore
from the O cial Information Act,
right through to the Pecuniary
Mr Key said the proposal would
become a challenge administratively
and New Zealand already had an
open and transparent government.
'Basic precautions' needed to reduce road toll
Greens ministerial disclosure proposal shot down
Generous Whanganui residents are
lining up with nancial donations to
replace money swiped from an elderly
poppy day collector.
But the RSA says the woman's welfare
is more important than the money
stolen from her.
at's the message from Whanganui
RSA general manager Dave Large in
the wake of several o ers of donations
to replace the stolen money.
Two young women grabbed a bucket
containing about $300 from the
woman's collection table outside a
supermarket just after 1pm on ursday.
Initial reports that the culprit was a
young man were incorrect.
"Somebody's just run up and took it
and ran away," Mr Large said. People
had asked the RSA to put its bank
account number online so they could
donate to make up for the stolen money.
"I think it's a great gesture," he said.
"But we're more interested in the
welfare of the lady than the money that
e collector was unhurt but "fairly
shaken". Mr Large said it was important
for her to know she had support. "It
would be nice if these young people
gave the money back. It would be nice
if they got some insight into why this
is so wrong. It would be nice to try and
help that person?"
e incident was "the exception" for
Whanganui, he said.
Double S Motordrome owner Ray
Stevens has collected $315 so far to
replace the stolen money, pledging $100
himself and receiving another $100
from a farmer.
Other donations had come from
people who had seen a post on his
"It's a really negative, bad thing that's
happened ... people don't like seeing
that, people want to help," Mr Stevens
He reckoned Whanganui residents
were the most generous in the country
He will wait to see if anybody else
comes in and makes a donation before
taking the money to the RSA by Anzac
Day. --- APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Donors line up after
Anzac collector raided
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