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Chch murder charge
A woman appeared in the
Christchurch District Court today
charged with the murder of an
as-yet unidenti ed man last night.
e 22-year-old local woman was
granted name suppression. e
victim's name was also suppressed as
he was yet to be formally identi ed
and next of kin have not been
informed. Defence counsel Elizabeth
Bulger raised psychiatric concerns
but no reports were called for. e
accused was remanded in custody to
the High Court in Christchurch on
May 16. e body was found at an
Earnslaw Crescent, Bryndwr, house
yesterday. --- APNZ
Baby dies at marina
A seven-month-old boy died
after falling into the water at a
Whitianga marina on Saturday. e
boy was on holiday with his family
from Auckland when the incident
occurred. ey were at the marina
and the boy fell into the water, police
said. Emergency services sta tried
to revive the boy after he was pulled
from the water, but he died at the
scene. It would be up to the coroner
to determine whether the boy
drowned or died from another cause,
police said. --- APNZ
Opotiki man Alan Grant Young
has been missing a week and police
say they have no clue as to where he
is. A car belonging to the 54-year-
old, known as Grant, was located on
Maraenui Hill, State highway 35,
Opotiki, on Tuesday. A search in the
vicinity of the car using Whakatane
volunteers, a helicopter from
Tauranga and a police search dog
found no sign of him. --- APNZ
Grinder burns man
An elderly man was seriously hurt
after his shirt caught re while
using a grinder in central Hawke's
Bay. A rescue helicopter was called
to Waipukurau, at 10am where the
84-year-old was su ering serious
burns He was taken by ambulance
to the Waipukurau Aerodrome from
where he was own to Hawke's Bay
Regional Hospital in Napier.
A ticket sold in Lower Hutt won
its holder $1 million in division one
of Lotto draw No 1403 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 12, 17, 18,
25, 29, 31; bonus 32. Strike numbers
were 12, 29, 25, 31. ere was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 2. ere was no division one
winner. e Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Porirua. e winner from
Auckland spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9890: 2,
9, 12, 16, 20, 21, 26, 29, 30, 31, 37, 43,
55, 59, 60, 61, 62, 65, 72, 75. Draw No
9891: 4, 5, 18, 21, 23, 26, 28, 34, 41,
43, 44, 46, 48, 50, 51, 52, 61, 65, 69, 71.
Draw No 9892: 2, 3, 9, 12, 14, 27, 31,
34, 37, 39, 43, 44, 46, 47, 62, 63, 67, 69,
77, 78. Draw No 9893: 3, 14, 16, 19,
20, 32, 33, 35, 41, 42, 43, 45, 47, 50, 51,
53, 65, 72, 73, 79.
Elation over legal highs ban
A "foreign" man helped a woman who
was being assaulted in Blenheim early
Police are investigating what they
described as a "serious assault" on a
48-year-old local woman in Scott Street
near Francis Street.
"A foreign male is believed to have
come to the aid of the female victim,
scaring o her attacker and assisting her
to her home address," a police statement
Police were seeking the foreign man as
part of their investigation. --- APNZ
A lowered speed enforcement
threshold is "no silver bullet", according
to the country's top road police o cer,
following four more fatalities on public
roads this long weekend.
On Sunday at 3am, a 19-year-old
male passenger died at the scene of a
single vehicle crash on Taieri's Riverside
Road. e vehicle's four other occupants,
all aged in their late teens to early 20s,
escaped with minor injuries.
e region's relieving area commander,
Inspector Jason Guthrie, said the dead
man was not wearing a seatbelt at the
time of the crash and it was likely alcohol
was a factor.
e crash followed a horri c collision
in rural Southland late on Friday where
three men were killed. e Anzac
weekend fatalities also followed the
worst Easter road toll in three years,
when four people died on the country's
e fatalities all occurred while
police were enforcing a 4kph speeding
threshhold which began at the start of
the Easter holiday.
National road policing manager
Superintendent Carey Gri ths said it
was disappointing another long weekend
had ended with a high number of deaths.
" e lower enforcement threshold is
not a magic bullet, it's one of a number
of tools in the enforcement toolbox.
"What's equally important is that
people heed basic safety messages --- far
too many people are being thrown out
of vehicles and killed for not wearing
seatbelts for instance, which is absolutely
preventable and regardless of the cause
of the crash needs to be dealt with," Mr
Gri ths said.
" e road toll is never a straight line
downwards. It's always a sore tooth, we
will have good weeks, we will have bad
However, the long-term trend was a
declining road toll, Mr Gri ths said.
"We keep our ngers crossed there."
e Southland crash on Friday was
described as the "worst-nightmare"
for the close-knit Waikaia-Riversdale
Christopher Martin Simpson, 39,
Matthew James Kennedy McKee, 39,
and Ewan Charles Christie, 59, died at
the scene after the Toyota Hilux utility
vehicle they were in left the road and
struck the edge of a concrete road bridge
just prior to midnight on Waikaia-
Ward councillor John Douglas said the
crash was "gut-wrenching" for the area.
"It's a community's worst nightmare."
e families were "well-known and
well-respected" farming families in the
area and the crash was made worse by
the fact that one of the families had lost
another family member in a crash some
years ago, he said.
Inquiries are continuing.
Yesterday afternoon at least one person
was seriously injured after a motorcycle
collided with a pole on State highway 16
Northern police communications shift
manager Inspector Peter Raynes said at
least two motorcycles were involved.
One motorcyclist was own to hospital
in a serious condition and a second
person received medical attention at the
scene. --- APNZ
New Zealanders whose lives have
been blighted by legal highs are
thrilled by plans to pull them from
sale within a fortnight --- but fears
have been raised users will stockpile
the synthetic drugs ahead of an
increase in black market activity.
e Government last night
announced a policy u-turn, saying it
would ban all legal highs until they
could be proven to be "low-risk".
e law change --- to be introduced
to Parliament under urgency next
week --- spiked Labour's guns. It
was poised to propose its own ban
on psychoactive substances today
amid increasing protests from local
"I'm just thankful something is
nally happening," Sherilyn Tasker,
whose 21-year-old son has su ered
from the extreme e ects of synthetic
cannabis use and spent time in a
mental health ward, said.
" e ban nally allows him to get
o it for good. As it has become
progressively harder to get hold of he
has used it less and less," Ms Tasker
" ere are a lot of parents out there
ripping their hair out over this and a
lot of ignorant people unaware of the
massively detrimental e ects of these
products. I see it as far worse than
alcohol and marijuana."
For one couple raising their
grandchild, the news brought hope.
"I am glad," Ray Hira said. "Now
we may have a chance to save our
16-year-old grandson, who has been
on it for two years."
One Auckland community leader is
even contemplating a neighbourhood
celebration of the law change.
Hunters Corner Town Centre Society
chairman Pat Taylor said a store that
sold the substances attracted criminals
and young people who were begging
or prostituting themselves to raise
money for the drugs.
"It's very welcome news. We have
a wonderful community in Hunters
Corner and we might have a
celebration once the legal-high shop
has disappeared from our community."
More than 250 products were
banned in August when the
Psychoactive Substances Act,
promoted by Associate Health
Minister Peter Dunne, came into
force. But 41 products had temporary
approval for sale until the testing
regime was introduced.
Mr Dunne said the remaining
products will be stripped from
shelves until they can be assessed
by a Ministry of Health-backed
testing regime. All synthetic cannabis
and party-pill brands would be
removed from the market "for some
considerable time --- and some will
never come back".
Labour leader David Cunli e, who
had planned to announce his party's
policy in Mangere this afternoon,
welcomed the decision but called
it "an admission of failure" by the
Mr Dunne said he had long planned
an amendment but had not wanted
to reveal it until Parliament resumed
because it could lead to stockpiling
Policy announcements by Labour
and New Zealand First had "forced
his hand", he said.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown said
communities had made it clear they
wanted immediate action, and the
Government measures were "a strong
e legal high industry, however, is
in uproar, saying about 150 outlets
will be a ected. Shosha, which has
three stores in central Auckland and
one in west Auckland, said 60% of its
sales involved legal highs and banning
them could kill the business.
Drug Foundation chief Ross Bell
warned the ban would have negative
"We've been here before," he said
"Historically, what happens in
these situations --- and I absolutely
guarantee that it will happen now ---
is there will be re sales, people will
stockpile, and the risk with that is
people might consume too much."
He also warned that products would
make their way on to a criminal
blackmarket and the Government
would have to manage people who
had become addicted to drugs no
longer legally available.
Asked whether he was expecting
protest from manufacturers, Mr
Dunne said: "I don't really have much
of a view about their concerns. I'm
more concerned about getting the
regime that we put in place last year
working e ectively."
e ministry's testing regime
is expected to be similar to
pharmaceutical drug trials. It could
cost manufacturers more than
$1 million to get a single product
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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David Cunli e
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A police o cer and a security o cer stand outside a cordoned o Craft bar in the Octagon in Dunedin
A 25-year-old Dunedin man
has been remanded in custody for
a week on a charge of assaulting a
man who died after being found
unconscious in a central city bar
at the weekend.
Stephen Anthony Fernyhough,
a demolition worker, appeared in
the Dunedin District Court this
morning charged with assaulting
Ryan John Court on April 27.
irty- ve-year-old Mr Court
was found unconscious in the
toilet area of the Craft Bar in
the Octagon early yesterday and
could not be revived.
Public defender Campbell
Savage asked for a remand
without plea to May 6.
He said he was not seeking
bail or name suppression for
ere was also no application
for suppression of Mr Court's
As well as the charge of assault,
Fernyhough is also facing a
charge of intentionally damaging
a window in a separate incident
some time later yesterday
Police did not believe there
was any interaction between
the victim and other patrons
at the bar before the incident,
and were also yet to determine
if the victim was known to his
He con rmed CCTV footage
was assisting police with their
e bar was operating according
to its licence, and had been visited
by police foot patrols earlier that
" e atmosphere was good
natured and friendly when police
visited," he said.
Phil Ellis, the owner of the
Craft bar, which was cordoned o
yesterday, declined to talk about
--- Otago Daily Times
Man remanded after bar death
e families of 11 forestry
workers killed on the job
last year will march on
Parliament today to call for
regulation in the industry
to prevent more deaths.
e procession of the 100
grieving family members
Workers' Memorial Day
and will be led by the New
Zealand Council of Trade
Unions (CTU), which is
raising money to bring
private prosecutions over at
least two of the deaths.
Last year 51 New Zealanders were
killed in workplace accidents across a
range of industries including agriculture,
construction and manufacturing.
CTU president Helen Kelly said
forestry was six times more dangerous
than any other industry but all of the ve
worst industries followed a theme.
" ey're all primarily de-unionised,
have long hours, have very dominant
employer relationships and are largely
contracted where the principals don't
employ the workers."
ee CTU set up a Workers' Memorial
Fund to help families a ected by
workplace deaths mount legal challenges.
Work Safe NZ, the Government's
workplace health and safety regulator,
is responsible for prosecuting employers
but if it doesn't families can pursue a
private prosecution, though it is usually
Ms Kelly said the union was providing
legal support to ve families over eight
forestry fatalities in the central North
Island, at coronial inquests in Rotorua,
including two where it has sought leave
Four of the eight inquests have been
delayed because of pending criminal
proceedings, including legal action taken
by the Ministry of Business Innovation
and Employment against a foreman
over the death of 23-year-old Robert
Epapara in March last year.
"Every single one of these deaths could
have been avoided," Ms Kelly said.
e council would also use the fund
to support three families who were
seeking a review of the decision to drop
charges against Peter Whittall, the
former manager at Pike River Mine,
where 29 workers died in an explosion
in November 2010.
"Families ring me all the time
completely unaware of their rights and
missing out on their opportunity to have
Ms Kelly said no one should die
doing their job. She believed there was
a "di erent threshold of acceptance
around workplace deaths".
"I think there's a tolerance which has
got to change and these
families are as entitled to
justice as anybody else."
Labour Minister Simon
Bridges said Work Safe
NZ had a clear mandate to
bring down the death and
injury toll in the workplace
by 25% in 2020.
Since August last year
Work Safe NZ had taken
300 enforcement actions
in the forestry industry,
including shutting down
25 operations, and there
were currently two active
prosecutions, he said.
e organisation had recently
completed visits to 32 forestry owners
and principals around the country while
the independent industry-led inquiry
into forestry safety was also under way.
Mr Bridges said the Health and
Safety Reform Bill, currently at select
committee, would overhaul the law and
extend the duty to keep workers safe
beyond the traditional employer.
Charles Finlay was not the kind of
man to make silly mistakes.
e 45-year-old had 27 years'
experience in the forestry industry, but
on July 19 last year the father of three
was killed by a falling tree in a workplace
accident near Tokoroa.
Now his grieving wife, Maryanne
Butler-Finlay, wants to take a private
prosecution to prove her husband was
not to blame for his death.
"He wasn't an idiot. He was really
health and safety conscious. And after
Charles there were ve more people."
Mrs Butler-Finlay, who took the
couple's 10-year-old twin daughters and
their 21-year-old son, together with 30
extended family members, to Wellington
for today's march, said it was important
to clear her husband's name after Work
Safe NZ did not prosecute Mr Finlay's
"We have to stand up because we know
what our men are like and they know the
industry and they wouldn't make silly
" ere is something seriously wrong
going on in that industry. If there's so
many of us that have been put in this
position, then why is that?"
Mrs Butler-Finlay, who said her
husband was earning just $16 an hour
when he died, wanted regulation of
training, wages and hours of work.
She said her family were speaking out
and taking legal action for all families
a ected by workplace deaths.
"Charles has been gone nine months
and two weeks and it's still very much
like yesterday. e system is just cheating
us, really, and it's not right."
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Families urge new
rules to prevent
e last person believed to have spoken
to the German skipper of a vanished
yacht o the southern coast, holds
grave fears for him and his two female
Searchers --- including vessels,
helicopters, and a Royal New Zealand
Air Force Orion --- failed to nd any
trace of the Munetra as they scoured
around Muttonbird Island and the west
of Stewart Island.
Last night police said the operation
was now in a "limited continuous search
"Police had hoped for a better outcome
at this stage and our thoughts and
sympathies remain with all families
involved," Southland area commander
Inspector Lane Todd said.
e 7.5m vessel and its skipper is
believed to have sailed with two foreign
female tourists from Blu in rough
conditions on Wednesday, April 16.
"If they had come into some grief we
would have expected to have seen some
wreckage by now", Mr Todd said last
night. "Unfortunately they haven't come
up with anything. We have to keep an
open mind but certainly it looks quite a
Police expected to release the names
once they had contacted next of kin.
Blu Marine Radio operator Meri
Leask, believed to have been the last
person to speak to the skipper, said he was
headstrong and "didn't listen to anyone
who gave advice or who he talked to".
Mrs Leask said his vessel was not
equipped for the trip, and it was
particularly concerning he had only an
inadequate VHF hand-held radio as his
only means of communication.
--- Otago Daily Times
Yacht search called off
Salute fit for a mini-superhero
A Christchurch superhero
famous for helping quake-hit
citizens has struck up a super-
powered friendship with a sick
Flatman made his name in the
wake of the 2011 earthquakes by
delivering food parcels to student
ats and struggling families.
An ordinary student by day, he
changes by night into a Crusaders-
coloured mask and carries out
good deeds. e homegrown hero
had no idea, however, that he was
also bringing happiness to a little
boy in Northland.
Phoenix Matthews, from
Kawakawa but now living in
Kaikohe, has had chronic eczema
since he was one year old.
He is cared for by his
grandmother, Gayelene Tupara,
who said the condition made his
skin unbearably itchy.
When scratched his skin bled
and blistered. "It's cruel. I wouldn't
wish it on an animal, let alone a
Phoenix has a strict regime of
skin creams and is almost entirely
wrapped in bandages during
are-ups, but it's the emotional
e ects that worry his mother, Janie
Witehira of Waipapa.
"He notices when adults pull
their kids away or when other
children stare. He started to cover
his face in social situations. He
didn't care about the sores, it was
people staring at him," she said.
Mrs Tupara said Phoenix was
two when he took to wearing
His face bandages became part of
his superhero identity, something
to wear with pride rather than
When Phoenix saw Flatman on
a television quake report he felt an
"He said, 'He's a superhero, and
he looks just like me'. It made him
proud of who he is, and he started
telling everyone who would listen
that his name was Flatman."
When one of Phoenix's home
tutors contacted Flatman to
tell him about his young fan, he
launched a fundraising drive to
treat Phoenix and his grandmother
to a "superhero's day out". On
March 25 they were own to
Christchurch on an all-expenses-
paid trip and when they landed a
crowd of superheroes was waiting
with gifts and banners.
" en the tears really owed. I
felt the love of those people," Mrs
Tupara said. She responded with a
karanga that rang out through the
ey had morning tea with
Mayor Lianne Dalziel, a tour of
the Antarctic Centre and a ride on
the Christchurch gondola. Flatman
and Phoenix spent hours at
Hagley Park playground. For Mrs
Tupara, dubbed "Wonder Gran" by
Flatman, seeing the earthquakes'
devastation rst hand was even
more touching: " ey've lost so
much, but they can still reach out
to a little boy in the Far North."
Mrs Tupara said Flatman was
now planning a trip to Northland
to see Phoenix again.
--- APNZ-Northern Advocate
Christchurch superhero Flatman is helping an ailing Northland boy.
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