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Five MPs who have Wellington
apartments in their personal
superannuation trusts have opted
to disclose the flats in this year’s
register of MPs’ financial interests
after the Herald uncovered the
properties in an investigation last
The report with data journalist
Keith Ng found that six National
Party MPs had Wellington
properties that were not listed in
their register of pecuniary interests
entries because they were owned by
a personal superannuation fund and
so escaped disclosure rules.
The politicians — Anne Tolley,
Simon Bridges, Chester Borrows,
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Mike
Sabin — have all now listed those
properties which are used as their
Chris Auchinvole, who is retiring
from politics at the election, has not.
The rules require property held by
trusts or personally to be listed, but
not assets held by a superannuation
scheme, even if it is a personal
scheme. In total, about 32 MPs own
properties in Wellington to use as
their home base while at Parliament,
for which they get an allowance of
up to $24,000 a year for MPs and
$37,500 for ministers.
Asked why she disclosed hers this
year, Ms Tolley said: “Because last
year I was criticised for not doing
so, despite not being required to.”
Mr Sabin said the media focus
had prompted him to ask the
registrar if he could include his this
year. He said he had never had a
problem with disclosing it, but the
former registrar had advised him
to remove it from his entry in the
past because it did not have to be
disclosed. “ There’s nothing to hide.”
He asked new registrar Sir Maarten
Wevers again this year because of
the Herald story, and Sir Maarten
replied that in light of the media
attention he could disclose it if he
Mr Bridges said he had opted to
disclose the two properties in his
super fund, despite also being told
in previous years to remove them.
Sir Maarten said he had not issued
any generic advice about super
funds or changed the rules, but
several MPs had said they wished to
list the properties.
The apparent anomaly that
requires properties held by trusts
but not personal super funds to be
revealed could be tightened after
a review by the standing orders
committee this year. Sir Maarten
would not say what he expected
to raise in his submission to that
Labour leader David Cunliffe has
said he will raise the issue of how
the register applies to Labour’s
new leadership election process
after it was belatedly realised that
donations to the contenders were
covered by its rules.
Mr Cunliffe had to disclose a
trust he used to collect donations,
and Shane Jones listed financial
help from National Party minister
Hekia Parata’s husband, Sir Wira
Gardiner, and a NZ Oil and Gas
director, Rodger Finlay.
Newly disclosed properties held in
superannuation funds. —
Anne Tolley: Wellington
Chester Borrows: Family home in
Hawera and flat in Wellington.
Simon Bridges: Apartments in
Parnell and Wellington.
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga: Apartment
Mike Sabin: Apartment in
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
MPs come clean
on f lats held in
The senior Northland police officer who
suffered serious injuries in a BMX biking
crash on Sunday has died.
Police said 49-year-old detective sergeant
Andrew John Clubley died early today. He
had served in the force for 29 years, many
of them in Whangarei.
The incident, which happened at the
BMX track on Pohe Island, Whangarei,
about 6pm on Sunday, saw Mr Clubley
rushed to Whangarei Hospital in a critical
Northland St John ambulance boss Tony
Devanney told the Northern Advocate Mr
Clubley suffered “very serious head and
neck injuries” and had to be resuscitated.
“He had a cardiac arrest from his
injuries,” Mr Devanney said.
Details around what had happened at
the BMX track were sketchy, he said, but it
appeared Mr Clubley hit his head against
an object while riding.
The Whangarei BMX Club was aware
of the accident but members did not know
how it had happened. — APNZ
A drink-driver pleaded guilty in the
Oamaru District Court yesterday to
causing a fatal crash near Palmerston
Stuart Rowan White, 53, of
Palmerston, pleaded guilty to causing
the death of Cameron Alexander Blaze
Johnson, by being the person in charge
of a motor vehicle on State highway 1,
with an excess blood-alcohol level of
157mg, on October 20, 2013.
Judge Joanna Maze remanded him in
custody for sentencing on June 25.
The court heard that White had started
drinking beer and wine at his Palmerston
home about 10am on October 20.
An associate arrived at his house, some
time before 3pm, and White decided
to drive him to the Shag River, to
take alcohol to the associate’s
Prosecutor constable Kate Saxton said
White, while driving north on State
highway 1, weaved in his lane and crossed
the centre line into the southbound lane.
The associate, who had also been
drinking, had to grab the steering
wheel to bring the vehicle back into the
Missing the turn-off to Bushey Road,
White travelled a further 600m before
pulling to the left of the road.
When attempting to make a u-turn,
he drove into the path of Mr Johnson’s
northbound Kawasaki motorcycle.
Mr Johnson, known as Blaze, was
unable to avoid White’s vehicle and
crashed into the right rear passenger door.
White got out of his car and began
punching himself in the head, eventually
falling down an embankment beside the
road, Ms Saxton said.
Mr Johnson was airlifted to D unedin
Hospital with major head injuries and
died there a short time later.
In explanation, White said he had a
drinking problem and knew he should
not have been driving at the time.
He told police his associate had tried to
stop him driving that day.
motorcyclist, had been riding the
motorcycle home to Christchurch,
having just bought it for $9995.
— Otago Daily Times
Health Minister Tony Ryall has
ruled out a grace period for synthetic
drug users after a complete ban on
the products kicked in early this
Police will be visiting 148 synthetic
drug retailers around the country
today after an emergency law change
made it illegal to buy, sell or possess
the products from 12.01am.
The New Zealand Drug
Foundation urged police to hold off
prosecuting people for possession
for six months.
Executive director Ross Bell said
the fear of getting caught was one
of the biggest barriers to people
Official advice showed an estimated
150 to 200 people were believed
to have developed dependency on
synthetic drugs and their withdrawal
would need to be managed.
A grace period was used when
BZP was reclassified as a class C
drug in 2008.
Mr Ryall yesterday ruled out a
police amnesty. “ The law is clear and
it ’s up to police and how they deal
with the ... enforcement provisions.”
Police said they would not adopt
punitive measures at first.
Inspector Rob D uindam of police
national headquarters said officers
would take a “common sense”
approach to possession cases. “ The
important thing at the moment is
that we focus on minimising the
harm to users by ensuring that the
products are removed from sale in
an orderly way and that retailers
comply.” Possession of a small
amount of synthetic cannabis or
party pills could lead to a $500 fine,
but manufacturers or retailers who
flout the law risked heavier fines or
Ministry of Health officials have
warned the Government it was
difficult to predict the impacts of the
law change because of the rush to
put the ban in place.
“The pressure of time has not
allowed us to confidently measure
the impacts of this proposal on
people who use them, on industry
and on government and community
agencies,” a ministry paper said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Illegal-high users fair game — Ryall
Policeman in BMX crash dies
A “beautiful” teenage girl who died
from severe burns after her rented
home exploded had smelled gas
moments before flicking on a light
Her grieving family are warning
landlords against risky DIY work after
the property owner admitted charges
yesterday relating to the death.
The Ruakaka house was engulfed in
fire on February 11 last year. Lesley
Anita Wehi-Jack, 19, stumbled
outside, still conscious but with
horrific burns to 70% of her body.
While a neighbour doused her
wounds with a garden hose, the teen
said she had smelled gas.
“ While she was burning . . . she
repeatedly told him, ‘It was the gas,
it was gas in my house’,” Miss Wehi
The property’s owner, Peter John
McLeod, 73, pleaded guilty yesterday
in the Whangarei District Court
to undertaking an unauthorised gas
fitting, failing to take all practicable
steps to ensure that gas appliances
were safe and completing gas work
where not authorised to do so.
A specialist fire investigator said the
explosion resulted from a faulty gas
appliance in the kitchen.
McLeod will be sentenced next
Teen smelled gas
before house exploded
Lesley Anita Wehi-Jack
causing fatal crash
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