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Two Christchurch men are
recovering in Dunedin Hospital
after being winched from a 4WD
vehicle which rolled about 60m
down a steep bank in remote
country west of Roxburgh
e men, aged 36 and 56,
were part of a group travelling
in several vehicles on remote
Canton Road up the Waikaia
Valley in Northern Southland.
eir vehicle rolled in soft
ground and went over a steep
bank, rolling several times before
coming to a stop on its roof about
60m below the road.
A Rescue Co-ordination
Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ)
spokeswoman said the 56-year-
old man had a dislocated
shoulder and both men had cuts
Another member of the
party activated a personal
locater beacon at 12.45pm and
the Otago Regional Rescue
Helicopter was dispatched from
Mosgiel about 1pm.
Soon afterwards, the ambulance
communications service was
alerted to the incident via the
mountain radio network.
Helicopters Otago director and
pilot Graeme Gale said the men
were winched from the vehicle
and own to Dunedin Hospital.
'' ey were in an extremely
remote location and managed to
put out the call for help,'' he said.
e RCCNZ spokeswoman
said the incident illustrated the
importance of having locater
beacons when travelling into
''People often think about
taking beacons when they go
boating and tramping, but this
shows how e ective it is when
you do carry these beacons on any
kind of outdoor activity.
''It's really useful to have a
means of communication that
pinpoints exactly where you
are, to bring help as quickly as
possible,'' she said.
--- Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A Helicopters Otago crew member winches a Christchurch man to safety after the crash.
Pair sur vive 60m Otago plunge
Labour's Tukituki candidate Anna
Lorck says she will not delete a 2011
tweet in which she called David
Cunli e, now her party's leader, a
e tweet, posted on December 6,
2011, says: "Can't wait till Cunli
(sic) turns up in HB ... we haven't
forgotten he sacked our DHB ... he's
no leader, he's a bully."
It refers to the fallout of Mr
Cunli e's February 2008 decision,
when he was Minister of Health, to
sack the board of the Hawke's Bay
District Health Board.
Ms Lorck's PR and marketing
company, Attn!, worked with
members of the sacked DHB board,
advising them on public relations
issues at the time of the sacking.
Yesterday she defended her
"Everyone knows I was against the
sacking, and as a person dedicated to
my region I took Labour's decision
very hard and I protested for quite
"What I tweeted shows that I'm
prepared to front up and speak out
for the people I represent and work
for. I think that's what the people of
Tukituki expect, want and deser ve in
an MP," she said.
"At the rst opportunity when I
nally met David, I talked to him
about the sacking. He listened, gave
me his time and we agreed to move
on. David Cunli e follows me (on
Twitter), he knows what's on my
Twitter feed and is relaxed about it."
Ms Lorck's political opponent,
Tukituki National MP Craig Foss,
said he was aware of the tweet.
" ey're all public record. at's
why you have to be careful about
what you say in public. I knew her
sentiments then and I'd be genuinely
surprised if they've actually changed,"
"I certainly saw that evidence
of bullying when our DHB was
sacked. at was a very low point in
government and regional relations at
David Cunli e's media director,
Simon Cunli e, could not be
reached for comment yesterday.
e chairman of Labour's Tukituki
electorate committee, Peter Egerton,
said he had previously discussed the
tweet with Ms Lorck and his advice
had been not to delete it.
"Everybody has history. We learn
from it and move on. What really
matters is what we're going to do in
DHB chairman Kevin Atkinson,
who was also chairman at the time
Mr Cunli e sacked the board, said
Ms Lorck was "very close to what we
were doing ... It doesn't seem
unreasonable to me that Anna
would make those comments.
"Anna's the sort of person who
speaks her mind. Whether that will
help her in politics or not, time will
"She was as sincere as the rest
of the community but she wasn't
representing anything other than the
community's view at the time."
Mr Atkinson said he did not think
Ms Lorck's tweet was politically
"It would have re ected 99% of
the population's view at the time."
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
Candidate defends 'bully' jibe
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An investigation is underway after a ve-
year-old boy was run over by a trailer in a
driveway in Pokeno, south of Auckland,
It is understood the boy and a sibling were
riding on the trailer which was carrying a
small digger and being towed by a four-by-
four vehicle, when the incident happened
around 4pm yesterday.
Safekids Aotearoa director Ann Weaver
says generally the age of children killed in
driveways is around two or three.
"It is unusual to have a child of this age in
this kind of scenario.''
Weaver says ve children have been
killed in driveway accidents in the past six
"I feel devastated that we're not getting
through to people how terrible this could
be for any family to be in this kind of
situation.'' --- APNZ
Two men accused of assaulting a high-
pro le New Zealander were scheduled to
appear in the Queenstown District Court
It Is understood the former New Zealand
sportsman involved in the alleged fracas in
Queenstown last Friday is okay but hopes to
keep his name out of court proceedings.
e South Island-based victim told
Mountain Scene this morning: "I'm trying
to get name suppression to be honest. I don't
really want to make any comment."
Two Christchurch men aged 23 and 25
are scheduled to appear this afternoon.
--- APNZ-Mountain Scene
Shane Jones says he is not a 'sellout'
for leaving the Labour party to
take up a position created by the
e MP blindsided his Labour
Party colleagues by announcing last
night he intended to quit politics
just months out from the election,
saying he did not believe he could
give 100% to his role any more
despite being Labour's big impact
player over the past few months.
Mr Jones said he would leave
Parliament next month after he was
shoulder tapped by Foreign Minister
Murray McCully for a new role as a
roving economic ambassador across
the Paci c.
Mr Jones said his unsuccessful bid
to become leader last year was part
of his decision, but he also wanted
to try a new opportunity.
"Over Easter I just had a deeply
introspective time and was truthful
to myself. I don't want to do it any
more. e leadership had a bit to do
with it, but I'm 55 this year and I just
want to go and do something else.
I'm not able to give to Labour the
100% that I ought to be giving. ey
need a team to stay for the long term
and I'm not in that space."
On TVNZ's Breakfast show this
morning Mr Jones said he would not
be returning to the political sector.
"I've made my decision and I'm
ere was never any pressure on
him to leave, he said.
ere were frustrations during his
career in being reigned in over some
comments he had made, Mr Jones
" e political collar has chafed this
dog's neck and now I've slipped the
It was not fair to say that with his
departure would make it harder for
Labour to win this year's election,
Mr Jones said.
" e voters have got to make the
call on what sort of Government
they want in the future.
Mr Jones' resignation means
Kelvin Davis, Labour's candidate in
Te Tai Tokerau, is likely to return
to Parliament for the few months
before the election.
ere has long been speculation Mr
Jones would leave after the election
if Labour was still in Opposition,
but his decision to leave earlier
clearly caught the party by surprise.
Labour leader David Cunli e said
Mr Jones would be missed. He said
the MP had made it clear that his
decision was nothing to do with
either Mr Cunli e or the Labour
"He's made an important decision
for his own reasons and we respect
that and wish him well."
While Mr Jones spoke to a
constituency many in Labour could
not reach, Mr Cunli e said there
were others within Labour who
could ll that gap.
"We will make sure we continue
to work for all Kiwis, including
those who have an ear for the korero
Shane has been giving."
Other MPs said they were
surprised by the timing, given Mr
Jones' success as Labour's impact
player over the past few months,
building on his performance in
last year's leadership challenge by
forcing a Commerce Commission
investigation into the treatment
by Countdown of New Zealand
Mr Jones said he had worked hard
to expose Countdown's alleged
mistreatment of New Zealand
suppliers and the issue had now been
passed on to Labour's commerce
spokesman Clayton Cosgrove.
Mr McCully con rmed he had
shoulder-tapped Mr Jones this year
to ask him to consider taking a new
role working on New Zealand's
programme across the Paci c and in
other small developing countries.
" ere's no question he is the best
candidate we could appoint to this
role and I've made that clear to him."
He knew Mr Jones well from
frequent delegations to the Paci c
and said his experience on the
Maori Fisheries Commission and
commercial background tted the
role perfectly. He said Mr Jones
would also play a role in New
Zealand's bid for the Security
Council and the Small Island
Developing Nations meeting in
Samoa this year.
Mr McCully denied the role
o ered to Mr Jones was politically
motivated and the Labour MP was
the best man for the job.
e role was not created with Mr
Jones in mind, he told RNZ.
"We wanted to appointment
someone for the role, if he didn't
want it then obviously we would
need to appoint somebody else."
Mr McCully said he was sure there
would be some cynicism about the
job o er.
"Shane Jones makes his political
decisions for himself. I simply
inquired as to whether this was the
timing where he was thinking about
making a move.
"I hope that he'll take up the job, I
hope that what we've seen yesterday
is a in the nature of a clearing of
the decks so that he can seriously
discuss a role that is both important
to this country and to the region
and that is something that can only
be concluded after he'd made a
personal and political decision.
Prime Minister John Key had
known for "some weeks" that Mr
McCully would be speaking with
Mr Jones about the sheries role.
Mr Jones denied being a "sellout"
in leaving for a role o ered by the
"Being in politics is also like being
at a holiday inn, you serve your time
and then the next person arrives to
take your place," he told Radio New
Zealand this morning.
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters told RNZ it was a "turn up
for the books" that Mr Jones would
take up a job o er that had come
from the National Party.
Mr Jones' departure would be a
"loss to Parliament, it'll be a major
blow to the Labour Party and an
even bigger blow to Maoridom", Mr
It was possible Mr Jones would
return to politics in the future, he
Despite his successes, Jones'
political career was blighted by
controversy. In 2009, the release of
ministerial credit card details showed
he had been using his to watch porn
in hotel rooms although he had
repaid the amounts in question.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
'I'm not a sellout' --- Jones
A shot was red during an armed
robbery of a service station on
the Mt Wellington highway early
Two people, one armed with
a shotgun, arrived at the Mobil
petrol station about 1.25am and
demanded to be let inside.
e two people working at the
petrol station retreated to a locked
back o ce, police said.
e o enders got in after
smashing a glass panel in a doors
then red a shot in an attempt to
get access to the counter area.
ey took the till drawer and
tobacco products, police said.
CCTV footage revealed the face
of one of the o enders when his
mask slipped below his nose.
ey left in a white Nissan.
shortly afterwards a stolen white
Nissan Skyline was found parked
in New Brighton Road less than a
kilometre from the scene, with the
engine still running.
"It is concerning that these
o enders have brought a loaded
weapon with them and have been
prepared to discharge it, " detective
senior sergeant Dave Pizzini
" ankfully no one was injured in
this incident but we are concerned
about the brazenness and
determination of these o enders,"
Police would continue a scene
examination today. --- APNZ
Shot fired during armed robbery
A nurse bequeathed $315,000 by an
elderly couple who she cared for has
been cleared of unethical behaviour by
the health watchdog --- despite concerns
from the couple's son that it was too
Judith Lynch, a registered nurse of
Christchurch, spent three-and-a-half
years looking after retired banker Robin
Allardyce and his wife, Barbara, a former
editor at e Times in London, before
they died one month apart in 2010.
e pair, aged 92 and 80 at the time
of their deaths, became friends with
Ms Lynch when their families were
neighbours in 1992.
Mrs Allardyce was later diagnosed
with Parkinson's disease, while Mr
Allardyce su ered from minor strokes,
regular attacks of gout, arthritic pain and
Ms Lynch acted as caregiver for the
couple, assisting in their everyday needs
and other aspects of their care.
e nature of this relationship, from
October 2006 to Mr Allardyce's death in
April 2010, was examined by the Health
Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal after
the couple bequeathed $315,000 to Ms
Two charges were brought by the
Professional Conduct Committee
(PCC) against Ms Lynch, related to
inappropriate and unethical behaviour
in accepting the money, and providing
nursing services without a practising
e case hinged on whether Ms Lynch
had acted as a professional nurse, or
simply cared for them as a close friend.
Two of the Allardyces' three children,
twins Alex and Lucy, were called by the
PCC to give evidence about Ms Lynch's
role in the care of their parents.
In 2009, the couple's wills were changed
to increase the total bequest to Ms
Lynch from $225,000 to $315,000. Alex
Allardyce said he told his father $200,000
was generous, and $300,000 was
disproportionate to what other friends
Lucy was clear Ms Lynch's services were
those of a nurse. Alex said that he did not
get the sense Ms Lynch was diagnosing
or treating his parents, but said she did
provide medical care during the last three
months of their lives.
According to the tribunal decision, Ms
Lynch became Mr and Mrs Allardyce's
caregiver in 2006 when she moved into
a property the couple owned next door
to their new Wherstead Road home. Mr
Allardyce had discussed with two friends
having Ms Lynch provide care in return
for reduced rent.
An Aged Care Matters registered nurse,
who became involved with the couple in
December 2007, also told the tribunal Ms
Lynch had said she was paying reduced
rent in return for supporting the couple.
While Ms Lynch did not give evidence
at the hearing, she submitted an a davit
She also stated she did not think she
had behaved inappropriately in accepting
the money, or had been employed as a
nurse for the couple.
Ms Lynch said she had no idea money
was being left to her and this was accepted
by Alex Allardyce.
Evidence provided by people who knew
the couple showed Ms Lynch to be a
good friend of them.
Tribunal chairman Bruce Corkill, QC,
concluded the care she provided was in
line with a surrogate or family member
giving caring assistance. is meant she
did not need to hold an annual practising
Both charges against Ms Lynch were
dismissed. --- APNZ
way into boy's death
Parents are being warned to cast a
watchful eye at Tauranga parks and
reser ves these holidays after glass was
found inside a slide at e Strand's
Tauranga City Council parks operations
team leader Steve Webb said it received
a complaint about the glass on Good
" ere was some glass on the
playground so our contractors went out
and they were there for 15 to 20 minutes
after getting the call," Mr Webb said.
" ey found somebody smashed
something like a glass bottle, like a
stubbie. ere was glass at the top of the
slide, down the slide and in the safety
surface at the bottom, so they closed that
part of the playground o and cleaned it."
e playground was now open again.
Mr Webb said Tauranga did not
have a problem with vandalism of city
playgrounds. Although incidents did
happen from time to time, playgrounds
were checked regularly by council
contractors, he said.
e waterfront area was considered
to be a high-use playground and was
checked three to four times a week.
Mr Webb said the glass at the waterfront
playground was the rst incident to be
reported to council. --- APNZ
Parents warned to be vigilant
after glass found in children's slide
Protesters egged Prime Minister John
Key's ministerial BMW as it collected
him from a State housing development
in Napier this afternoon.
Mr Key was unhurt in the incident
but one man was later arrested for
e incident happened about midday
in Maraenui as Mr Key concluded a visit
to a new state housing development.
Earlier, about 10 protesters, some
clutching Mana Party banners, greeted
the prime minister and challenged
him about child poverty and enabling
synthetic cannabis to be sold.
ey shouted: "One, two, three, four,
stop the war on the poor," and "Maraenui
under attack, stand up, ght back".
As Mr Key went to leave the
development a group of children
converged around the Prime Minister
and resumed the chanting. His
ministerial BMW then appeared, which
was egged as it whisked him away.
As police tried to move the group,
one man was arrested for obstruction.
--- APNZ-Hawke's Bay Today
of the Westport News
Last week's storm has destroyed more than
half the just-ripening crops at one of the
South Island's biggest tomato growers.
Co-owner of Karamea Tomatoes, Tom
Volckman, said the company had only last
week begun to pick tomatoes from the plants
in the farm's glasshouses and plastic sheds.
e storm had wiped out around 60% of
the crop and workers were able to pick only
a fraction of what they had been har vesting
a week ago.
e farm would now have to pick what was
left while it claimed on insurance to have the
lost plants replaced. at would be a "very
expensive process" he said.
e storm had also pulled much of the
plastic sheeting from the farm's growing
sheds and smashed much of the glass in its
Mr Volckman said a contractor from
Christchurch who had come to assess the
damage to the glasshouses said it was worse
than he had seen in the aftermath of the
2011 Canterbury earthquake.
Mr Volckman said the farm had su ered
similar damage in the past, but he had never
seen weather as severe as last ursday.
Key's car egged in Napier
While Anzac Day will result in many
New Zealanders enjoying a second long
weekend in a row, the trade-o will be
another weekend of unsettled weather,
according to forecasters.
A slow-moving front moving over
the country from the Tasman Sea is
expected bring with it areas of rain with
the potential for heavy falls, Weather
Watch forecaster Aaron Wilkinson said.
e rain is expected to fall in regions
which have been particularly dry this
year, including western areas of the
As for dawn ceremonies on Friday,
weather conditions at this stage look
dry in many places, but rain or showers
may a ect some North Island areas,
particularly from Wellington to Waikato.
Later in the day the rain is expected to
become more widespread.
ere was also potential for a slow
moving front to move in from the west
on Saturday, bringing with it the chance
of isolated thunderstorms, he said.
Weekend weather looking unsettled
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