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Seven hurt in smash
Seven men were injured, two
critically, in a collision between a van
and a logging truck in Hawke’s Bay.
All eight occupants of the van were
hurt in the accident, about 4.10pm
on Putere Road, a gravel forestry
road near Wairoa. Two of the men
were in a critical condition and two
others were seriously injured, police
said. Three were suffering moderate
injuries. The logging truck driver was
believed to be unhurt. — APNZ
Crash closes road
State highway 6 near Queenstown
has reopened after a crash closed the
road for a time this morning. The
crash occurred near the Wye Creek
bridge about 5am. Initial indications
were that a Q ueenstown-bound car
failed to take a corner and crashed
through a barrier before going down
a bank where it came to rest on its
wheels in the creek. One of the two
occupants was winched from the
vehicle with a suspected broken leg
by a helicopter crew. It is thought the
other suffered fractured ribs.
— Otago Daily Times
Driving test assault
An enraged learner driver allegedly
punched the test officer who failed
him on his test at an Auckland
testing centre on Monday. The officer
was attacked by an applicant who
had failed a practical driving test at
the Meadowlands office about 3pm,
New Zealand Transport Agency
spokesman Andy Knackstedt said.
The testing officer was completing
paper work following the test when
the applicant entered the office
and struck the testing officer, Mr
Knackstedt said. — APNZ
A major fire engulfed a former
dairy factory complex in Paerata, near
Pukekohe, yesterday. Northern fire
communications spokesman Scott
Osmond said the fire was a third
alarm, with about 20 trucks at the
blaze. Emergency ser vices were called
to the factory complex about 5.30pm.
A 30m by 10m building was on fire.
Mr Osmond said no one was injured.
The factory was occupied but it was
not known what type of business
now used the premises. — APNZ
Donation box theft
A young woman has been caught
on CCTV allegedly snatching a St
John donation box. She was captured
clearly on CCTV as she entered the
shop, snatched the donations box
and fled about 5.30pm on Saturday.
Sergeant Peter Masters, of Paihia
police, said the woman was one of
three young females and one male
who had been seen around Opua
from about 11am that day. No one
in Opua had recognised her so it was
thought she was from outside the
Bay of Islands.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
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Business warms to Labour plan
A former Napier city councillor will
stand trial for his Canadian wife’s murder
Peter Beckett, 57, is accused of
murdering his wife by pushing her off a
boat at a lake near the Canadian city of
Revelstoke in 2010.
A New Zealander raised in Hawke’s
Bay, Beckett was elected to the Napier
council in 1998, and did not seek
re-election at the end of the term in
He moved to Canada about 10 years
ago, later marrying Canadian school
teacher Laura Letts-Beckett, 50.
They lived north of Edmonton and
were on holiday when she died in what
was initially thought to have been a
fishing mishap on a lake near Revelstoke
on August 18, 2010.
It was a year before Beckett was charged
with first-degree murder.
However, proceedings were delayed
when he was further charged in 2012
with offences relating to allegedly trying,
while on remand in prison, to arrange
the murder of five people associated with
the case. His alleged intended targets
included Mrs Letts-Beckett ’s parents,
a Royal Canadian Mounted Police
sergeant and an Alberta lawyer.
British Columbia Supreme Court
Justice Ian Meiklem has set aside six
months for the jury trial, Canadian news
website The Province reported.
Beckett is charged with first-degree
murder, counselling to commit murder
and obstruction of justice.
Beckett has been filing applications
from behind bars, alleging abuse of
process, bias by police and court officials
and failure of the Crown to disclose
documents. — APNZ
An Auckland man has pleaded not
guilty to murdering his partner Cissy
Yun Qing ( Jack) Liu, 57, appeared
in the High Court at Auckland today
before Justice Timothy Brewer.
He entered a not guilty plea to the
murder of Ms Chen.
Ms Chen, 44, was last seen on
November 5, 2012, after leaving the
accountancy firm she worked at and
Police found her body late last month
after a contractor mowing the lawns at
Totaravale Reser ve found a ribcage and
skull in a drain.
Most of the rest of Ms Chen’s remains
were found nearby.
Liu’s trial will begin October 13 and
the Crown has indicated it will call more
than 50 witnesses.
Liu was remanded in custody and will
have a bail hearing next month.
Labour’s policy to allow the Reser ve
Bank to tinker with Kiwisaver
contributions as an alternative to
raising interest rates is gaining some
backing from the business community.
The policy would let the Reser ve
Bank vary the Kiwisaver rate and
make people save more instead
of raising interest rates to control
Labour says this means New
Zealanders would pay money to
their retirement savings instead of
making higher mortgage payments to
It has already signalled it would
make Kiwisaver compulsory and
gradually raise total contribution rates
up to 9% of income from 6%.
National has already trashed the
idea, saying the lowest paid workers
would suffer most, while Business
NZ chief executive Phil O’Reilly says
there was potential for confusion from
having different levers over interest
rates and Kiwisaver rates.
But Employers’ and Manufacturers’
Association chief executive Kim
Campbell said it could help cut the
exchange rate, helping exporters.
“ We need to do something to get this
exchange rate down, we need to do
something to control New Zealand’s
inflation with instruments other than
interest rates. It ’s an innovative idea,”
he told 3 News.
Westpac Bank economist Dominick
Stephens described the proposal as
“sensibly modest ”, but warned the
effect would be limited.
“ We suspect the proposal would
produce a small permanent reduction
in New Zealand’s long run average
interest rates but no change to the
long run average level of the exchange
ANZ Bank said it supported making
Kiwisaver compulsory but that using
Kiwisaver rates as a monetary policy
tool “doesn’t pass the smell test ”.
The Reser ve Bank has used other
tools in its bid to control inflation,
most notably rules introduced in
September last year restricting high
loan-to-value mortgage lending to no
more than 10% of a bank’s total new
High loan-to-value ratio lending has
since fallen from 25% of total mortgage
lending prior to the rule coming into
force in 5.6% as of last month.
“O ur initial assessment is that
restrictions on high LVR lending
helped reduce house price inflation,”
Reser ve Bank deputy governor Grant
Labour Party finance spokesman
David Parker said reaction to the
policy had been positive as “people
prefer to save more rather than pay
more interest to banks, much of
which goes overseas and it’s all lost to
the person who’s paying it forever”.
But New Zealand Federation of
Family Budgeting Ser vices chief
executive Raewyn Fox said the policy
to keep interest rates low while
forcing everyone to save more raised
issues of fairness.
“The people who don’t have
mortgages will be in effect subsidising
the economy for the people who are
obtaining an asset by buying a house. ”
She said Labour’s plan to make
Kiwisaver compulsory would be even
tougher on those already struggling.
“ We see a lot of people now who just
can’t make ends meet. ”
Many of them were not in Kiwisaver.
“ Take another 9% or even 5% away
from them, they ’ll go under. ”
Mr Parker said Labour would allow
those on low incomes who entered
the scheme to gradually increase their
contributions so they were not forced
to contribute 6% immediately.
Labour’s background information
says “distributional and hardship
effects for the lower paid” stemming
from the variable savings rate could be
addressed by excluding lower income
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Trains were halted for about two hours
in Oamaru last night after a hose had
to be run from a fire hydrant across the
railway line to fight a house fire.
The fire caused major damage to the
ceiling and under the roof of the Foyle
Street house but, because of prompt
action by eight firefighters and two units
from the Oamaru Fire Brigade, the
interior was not badly affected.
It appears to have started around a
flue in the roof cavity, Oamaru chief fire
officer Steve Couper said.
A man, the sole occupant of the house,
called the brigade about 7.20pm after the
fire spread rapidly through the ceiling
and roof cavity.
Firefighters using breathing apparatus
had to remove iron from the roof to get
at the fire. The brigade used a thermal
imaging device to check for hot spots.
— Otago Daily Times
New Zealanders are buying
more new cars and used imports,
but are also keeping old vehicles
on the road for longer.
That resulted in an extra 57,000
cars on New Zealand roads last
year, according to estimates by the
Motor Trade Association (MTA).
If lined up nose to tail the extra
cars would stretch 250km — or
the distance from Wellington
to Patea in Taranaki, MTA
spokesman Ian Stronach said.
The number of new and used
cars entering the New Zealand
fleet declined during the global
financial crisis, but has rebounded
A record number of new light
vehicles were registered in 2013,
and the net growth in the fleet
was the highest since 2005.
Adding to last year’s increase
was the ongoing decline in
the number of old cars being
MTA figures show New
Zealand’s total car fleet was
2,482,513 cars at the end of 2013,
or 1.46 cars per household.
Mr Stronach said that raised
questions about how many cars
New Zealand roads could take.
“There won’t be any less cars
this time next year, in fact there’ll
probably be another 60 to
70,000,” he said.
“ You presume people aren’t
buying them just to put them in
the garage. ”
Ministry of Transport statistics
show vehicle travel distances
increased slightly last year after
remaining relatively flat since the
The New Zealand Transport
Agency said the trends and
patterns for travel and for
congestion were complex and
influenced by many factors.
Spokesman Andy Knackstedt
said more vehicles did not mean
people were not also using other
modes of travel, including public
transport, walking and cycling.
But there was concern that
fewer older cars being scrapped
meant the vehicle fleet was
continuing to age. — APNZ
Old vehicles stay on roads
One car enthusiast who
has more than one vehicle to
his name is former television
presenter Mark Sainsbury.
A 1963 Lincoln Continental
and a 1971 Bentley Corniche
are parked on his Wellington
“The Lincoln I’ve always wanted
about eight years ago and the
Bentley, it turned up through
a mechanic I knew and I just
fell in love with it. It was such a
fantastic car. ”
The Bentley, which initially
belonged to industrialist Sir
James Fletcher and when new
“cost more than a house”, was
rare, with only about 60 made,
Mr Sainsbury said.
“Why do I have two? Well
they ’re different; one’s English
and one’s American. ”
Mr Sainsbury uses both
equally, and often goes on
long road trips including up to
Auckland and around the South
Island — as well as trips to the
“They ’re the only cars that I
“If you don’t use them, that ’s
when you start to get problems.
There’s no point having
something you keep in a glass
case — I like to use them.”
He understood car owners
holding on to old vehicles when
buying a new one.
“ I think there’s different reasons
why people hang on to them.
I think they think, ‘ What ’s the
point in selling that for a couple
of grand when I can get most use
out of it myself or one of the kids
could use it?’. ”
Cars had got cheaper and more
reliable, Mr Sainsbury said.
Former presenter driven by passion
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Mark Sainsbury with his 1971 Bentley Corniche convertible, left, and 1963 Lincoln Continental four-
door convertible, at his Wellington home.
A New Zealand tourist shot during
a daylight bag snatch in Argentina
died trying to hang on to his
As two teenagers on a motorcycle
tried to take his bag, Nicholas
Heyward fought back. He was shot
four times and died at the scene.
Mr Heyward, 31, a trained
physiotherapist, is understood to
have been on holiday, travelling in
Chile, Argentina and Peru, where he
had hoped to go rock-climbing.
He had lived in Australia for
a number of years but had been
teaching English while travelling.
The shooting happened just before
4pm local time in a park near the
World Cup stadium, in the city of
Mendoza, where Mr Heyward was
staying. He was walking with an
Australian woman and a French man
when he was attacked, said Security
Ministry sources in Mendoza.
As he grappled with the thieves
for his bag, he fell to the ground and
was shot in the neck and chest as
the young killers fled on their bike,
police director Juan Carlos Caleri
told local media. “ They pulled him to
the ground, where he was shot four
times. He (died) within minutes of
being shot,” Mr Caleri said.
Emergency ser vices found the man
dead at the scene, he said.
The Security Ministry immediately
offered a 40,000 pesos ($NZ5800)
reward for information leading to the
arrest of the offenders.
bandits, are a growing problem in the
country. They are known to travel in
pairs — one to attack a victim, while
the other handles the motorcycle.
A fortnight ago in Buenos Aires,
governor Daniel Scioli introduced
a new regulation to force all
motorcycle passengers to wear a
helmet and reflective jacket showing
the motorcycle’s number plate.
The move came in a direct bid to
crack down on crime.
Mr Heyward and his companions
had been staying at the Itaka Hostel
in Mendoza. Receptionist Emelio
Montalbini said they had been
staying at the hostel for about three
days. The shooting happened about
2km from the hostel.
The Australian woman and French
man were at the hostel last night and
were distraught. It was a “strange”
thing to happen as the area was
normally safe, Mr Montalbini said.
The New Zealand Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and Trade advised on
its Safe Travel page that “distraction
thefts and violent crime are an issue
“ No resistance should be given if
you are the victim of a robbery, as
this could lead to an escalation in
violence,” the site advised.
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade statement said the ministry
was aware of the “sad occurrence”.
“The New Zealand Embassy in
Buenos Aires is liaising with the local
authorities to obtain details.”
A desert region at the foot of the
Andes, Mendoza is about 1050km
west of Buenos Aires and is a
wine tourism destination. It has a
population of about 120,000.
It has long been one of the safer
tourism destinations in Argentina,
according to Lonely Planet, but
economic difficulties had resulted “in
an increased number of street crimes”.
While tourists were not often the
targets of such crime, “bag snatching
and pickpocketing is on the rise”.
In 2012, two New Zealand rugby
officials were mugged near their
Buenos Aires hotel shortly after the
All Blacks had beaten Argentina at
the inaugural Rugby Championship.
Mike Eagle, then chairman of
the NZ Rugby Union, and director
Gerard van Tilborg were set upon by
two men who got away with Mr van
Tilborg’s Rolex watch. The thieves
then fled on motorcycles.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
NZ tourist slain in Argentina for his bag
Residents affected by storm
and flooding damage in February
and March have already claimed
about $25 million through their
Insurance Council chief executive
Tim Grafton said the most
damaging storm occurred between
March 4 and 5 when $21.9m of
While the storm system also
hit Wellington and the Hawke’s
Bay, most of the damage, totalling
$19.6m, was in Canterbury where
there was extensive flooding in
“ Most of the damage in
Canterbury was to home and
contents with $13.4m in losses
followed by damage to commercial
property ($2.8m) and motor
vehicles ($2.5m),” he said.
A less damaging storm also hit
Canterbury on February 23 when
$3.3m of damages were claimed on
insurance. The storm was marked
by a hailstorm and reports of
tornado damage, Mr Grafton said.
Storms prove costly
Farmers do not have
any excuses for failing to
meet employment law
requirements, Labour says.
have so far found 31 of 44
dairy farms they visited
laws, and one farmer had
to reimburse an employee
$6000 after paying less
than the minimum wage.
Labour’s Andrew Little is
not accepting explanations
that farmers are not good at paper work
and become confused when working out
“ Federated Farmers’ excuses are just
laughable,” he said.
“Correspondence that I’ve received
indicates that some of the failures by
farmers towards their farm workers are
a result of sheer bloody-mindedness
rather than ignorance.”
Mr Little says there
was something seriously
wrong in the sector and
it was not credible for
Federated Farmers to
claim it could ride to the
Federated Farmers has
urged its members to
get their act together, do
the paper work and use
the simple employment
contract it provides.
It has told its members
there is no excuse for not having an
employment contract because it provides
them for $60.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation
and Employment, which carried out the
inspections, said it was “disappointed”
and has warned farmers to expect strong
enforcement measures if they do not
shape up. — NZN
Labour takes swipe at farmers
A woman was cut during a struggle
with two men in a violent home invasion
at a rural Manawatu property early today.
One of the intruders was injured with a
pair of scissors during the incident.
Police said the 45-year-old woman got
up about 6.40am at her Opiki property
to investigate a noise she thought might
have been her partner returning from
Instead, she was confronted by a man
armed with what police believed was a
“ He has then made demands and
threats and a struggle has then ensued
resulting in the woman receiving cuts
to her upper body from the offender,”
detective sergeant Dave Thompson of
the Manawatu CIB said.
Another intruder then appeared and
joined in the struggle.
“ We understand that during this time
he has received a wound to the stomach
with scissors,” Mr Thompson said.
The men then fled in a vehicle and the
woman called police.
Police had not found the offenders
and wanted to speak to anyone who
saw a vehicle speeding and driving
dangerously in the Opiki area between
6.50am and 7.15am.
“The victim is incredibly distressed and
is being closely supported by her partner.
She is currently receiving medical
treatment for her minor injuries and we
will formally inter view her once she is in
a position to speak.
“This was a violent and planned home
invasion and while we have no further
identifying details of the offenders or
the vehicle that was used, we believe
that others may have known about
the offender’s plans and we encourage
anyone with information to contact
police,” Mr Thompson said.
The first offender is described as
Maori, with a noticeable missing tooth
and wearing dark clothing.
The second man was described as
Caucasian with blond hair.
A scene examination was under way
at the property and six officers were
working on the investigation. — APNZ
Woman hurt in home invasion
The three people believed to be aboard
the yacht Munetra, missing near Bluff,
have been identified by Invercargill
The 7.5m yacht was last heard from on
April 16 when it left Bluff headed for
Preser vation Inlet at the south-west of
the South Island.
Munetra was reported missing to
police last Thursday.
Two of the three people on board are
German citizens who were visiting New
Zealand on a gap year after finishing
school. They are Lea Tietz and Veronika
Steudler, both 19, from the district of
Gorlitz in Germany.
The skipper of the yacht is also a
German, who has been living in New
Zealand for about four years and has
been working on a dairy farm in Central
Southland. He is Andre Kinzler, 33.
Police say the families of Ms Tietz and
Ms Steudler have been informed of the
situation but police working through
the German Embassy have not yet been
able to make contact with Mr Kinzler’s
Police say they are now working on a
missing persons’ inquiry in relation to
the disappearance of the yacht.
Although they have gathered a lot of
good information about the movements
of the trio prior to the boat leaving Bluff
on 16 April, they are still working to
further establish the facts.
“ We are committed to doing our best
for the families of Lea, Veronika and
Andre to ensure that we provide them
with the best possible information about
the events leading up to the trio leaving
Bluff,” Southland area commander
Inspector Lane Todd said.
Police say they had received no
information that suggested any foul play.
Ms Tietz and Ms Steudler had known
each other from Germany and had
been travelling in New Zealand since
September last year, police said.
They had been travelling intermittently
together over that time and were both
due to go home next month. — APNZ
Missing sailors named
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