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Warehouse CFO dies
The chief financial officer of The
Warehouse, Stephen Small, has
died, the company has announced.
Mr Small died suddenly yesterday
from natural causes, a spokeswoman
confirmed. He was 39. In a
statement, The Warehouse Group
chairman Ted van Arkel said Mr
Small would be greatly missed.
“Stephen was a hugely respected
member of our executive team and it
is a shock to us all at this time. We
send our deepest sympathies to his
wife Yoko and his family. ” — APNZ
Crash kills woman
A woman died in a car crash near
Gisborne last night. Danger from
electrical cables, brought down in the
crash, prevented immediate rescue
attempts, but police said it appeared
the driver may have died instantly
when the incident occurred. She was
the only person in the vehicle. Police
believed the car struck a power
pole just before 7pm. Emergency
ser vices gained access to the vehicle
after the power lines were made safe
by electricity company staff. Th e
woman’s name and age have not
been confirmed and next of kin are
yet to be informed. — APNZ
Truck crash closes road
State highway 1 near Warkworth
was closed last night to remove
wreckage of a large truck that
crashed earlier yesterday. The truck
and trailer unit crashed into a
ditch, south of Pohuehue, a police
spokesman said. Diversions were in
place while the highway was closed
for about two hours, until 9.30pm.
The vehicle went down a bank and
into a ditch. It crashed far enough
off the road that the road did not
need to be closed during peak hours.
The driver was taken to hospital with
minor injuries. — APNZ
A man punched a woman in the
head as she walked along a suburban
Whangarei street then hauled her
into a car and drove off, according to
a witness. Sergeant Wayne Kelman
said a member of the public saw a
woman walking along Keyte Street,
Kensington, about 3.30pm on
Tuesday. A man was seen getting
out of the front passenger seat of
a black or gunmetal grey Nissan
stationwagon parked nearby. Police
say the man walked up to the woman
and punched her in the side of the
head. As she started to fall, he caught
her and dragged her into the back
seat of the car, which then drove off.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
Police are no longer looking for a
missing Rotorua 15-year-old. Kaya
Dixon made contact with her parents
yesterday, police said. The teen was
previously last seen on May 6.
— APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Numbers in Keno draw No 9928:
57, 59, 60, 62, 66, 68, 73, 80. Draw No
9929: 2, 5, 10, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 33, 43,
49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 57, 62, 65, 69, 74.
Call for Brazil spying apology
A motorist is in a critical condition
after a tanker truck and a car collided in
Waikato this morning.
Northern police communications shift
Inspector Peter Raynes said the crash
occurred on Bankier Road in Horsham
Downs around 10am.
One person was in a life-threatening
condition and another motorist suffered
No other details were immediately
available. — APNZ
Tanker, car collide
Labour list MP Darien Fenton has
confirmed she will leave Parliament at
the general election in September.
Ms Fenton, a former trade unionist,
said she was grateful for the opportunity
to have ser ved at Parliament for nearly
“I thank my party, all of my colleagues,
the union movement and particularly my
union, the Ser vice and Food Workers’
Union for the opportunity I have been
She said she planned to “return to the
coalface” to help fight for workers’ rights.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said Ms
Fenton had made a strong contribution
to the Labour movement and had taken
a leading role in the developing the
party’s industrial relations policy.
Ms Fenton was elected via the party list
in 2005. She has worked as the party’s
junior whip and labour spokeswoman.
She lost the transport and immigration
portfolios in a caucus reshuffle last week,
and was now spokeswoman for tourism.
Labour MPs Rajen Prasad and Ross
Robertson have already confirmed they
will not seek re-election in September.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
New Zealand should apologise
to Brazil and Mexico for being
“complicit” in spying on their
presidents, former Green MP Keith
Documents released this week from
American whistleblower Edward
Snowden revealed the Government
Communications Security Bureau
(GCSB) was closely enmeshed with
some of the most controversial parts
of the United States’ spying apparatus.
The GCSB was privy to diplomatic
espionage by other Five Eyes partners,
including spying on e-mails, text
messages and phone calls between the
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff
and her aides.
Intelligence critic and former
Green MP Mr Locke today said that
amounts to being complicit in the
spying, and Prime Minister John Key
“That ’s not going to help our
relations with Brazil and Mexico
and I think one of the things John
Key needs to do quickly, because this
will be noticed, is apologise to the
presidents of Brazil and Mexico for
being complicit in spying upon them,”
he told Radio New Zealand.
The Waihopai Valley satellite
station may also be complicit, he said,
because it tracked phone calls and
communications satellites over the
Slides included in journalist Glenn
Greenwald’s new book, No Place
To Hide, which tells the story of
Snowden’s National Security Agency
(NSA) disclosures and what they
mean, details a “surge” of spying on
Rousseff and quotes her key advisers.
“That document has ‘nzl’ for New
got that document,” Mr Locke said.
“(The slides) were shown at
meetings, they have annual meetings
of the Five Eyes nations of the latest
technology and targets, so New
Zealand has been present at all of
those meetings, so somebody in the
GCSB would have seen it, and if they
didn’t report it to the heads of the
GCSB there’s something wrong.”
Former head of the GCSB Sir Bruce
Ferguson denied knowing anything
about the agency spying on Rouseff,
despite accusations it happened
during his time as director.
“On that particular one I have no
knowledge of it, and I would not say
yes or no. I simply can’t comment
because I’m simply not aware of that
one,” he told Radio New Zealand.
Asked if he knew of spying on any
other world leaders, he said: “Not to
“ I’m not saying there weren’t, I’m
not saying there were. Let ’s just say
I’m not going to comment on that
because I’m not aware of it personally.”
Sir Bruce defended the spy agency,
saying it always acted within the law.
“ Let ’s not forget that the GCSB
is there to protect New Zealand
security. It ’s not there to spy on New
Zealanders; it ’s there to protect our
national security,” he said.
“The media tend to keep forgetting
that, it is an agency for national
security and legislation covers it very,
documents which encouraged the
Five Eyes nations to “know it all”,
“collect it all”, and “exploit it all”,
he said: “ That certainly wasn’t the
culture in GCSB. The culture in
GCSB during the whole time I was
there, probably well before that and
definitely after that, was to act within
the law of New Zealand.”
However, he said there was a
difference in “reading something and
actively getting it”.
Sir Bruce, who was the director of
the GCSB for four years, also denied
the agency received funding from
the NSA, after Snowden documents
showed Canadian and United
Kingdom spy organisations received
funding from the Americans.
funding comes from
the New Zealand Government.
Nowhere else,” he said, adding: “I
never received any funding from any
other organisations outside of New
Zealand.” — APNZ
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Sir Bruce Ferguson
You can huff and puff all you
like, but you will not be blowing
this house down in a hurry.
Rotorua couple Angela
Swann-Cronin and her husband
Anton Cronin were keen to do
something a bit different with
their dream home and after years
of research they decided to go for
a house made out of straw.
research. They are warm, healthy
and sustainable homes — and
they look awesome.
“ We’ve been in a lot of homes
that are totally the opposite,” Mrs
The straw was sourced from the
leftovers of a barley crop in the
Wairarapa before being baled and
sent to Rotorua.
The bales are stacked on top
of each other and then trimmed
with a weed eater before they are
wrapped in chicken wire.
The bales are then covered with
five layers of plaster, leaving very
few straight edges or corners.
It is built on a standard
concrete pad with double-glazed
aluminium joinery and in the
end will look like a normal four-
bedroom home, but with thick
The couple said it was a
“moderately priced” home.
“A lot of the work has been
done by us because you don’t need
to be a carpenter to stack bales —
this has saved us a lot on labour
costs,” Mr Cronin said.
Inside, the couple have chosen
exposed macrocarpa beams to be
a feature in the main living room
and plan to use a self-contained
room for bed and breakfast
accommodation in the future.
The house is being built by Evan
Crawford and his team from
Straw Built Homes.
Mr Crawford said he had
built six straw bale homes in the
Rotorua district and had been
building them for about 20 years.
“They are a high quality home
with much better attributes
thermally and acoustically and
have a much lower carbon
He said about eight tonnes of
straw and 15 tonnes of plaster
would be used on this particular
“ We have never had a leaky
house or have one burn down.”
Mr Crawford said it was a lot
more fun building a straw bale
home than a regular house.
“ We get to build — rather than
assemble,” he said.
Mrs Swann-Cronin said
plenty of people had stopped
to take a look at the property
so they decided to open it up
to the public this weekend to
help raise funds for Rotokawa
School where their two boys are
“ Lots of people are interested in
eco-building so this is a chance
to take a good look before the
plaster goes on.”
— APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Dream home made of straw
PICTURE: Rotorua Daily Post
Angela Swann-Cronin and her husband Anton Cronin are opening up their straw bale home to visitors
before it is plastered over. Builder Amon Perry is busy in the background.
The business community has
labelled the 2014 budget as solid and
generous, while unions say it will not
Finance Minister Bill English,
announcing the budget yesterday,
said the Government was picking a
higher-than-expected surplus in the
coming financial year after running
six consecutive years of deficits.
This year it expects to post a deficit
of $2.4 billion before moving into a
$372 million surplus in the June 2015
financial year. This would swell to
$3.5 billion by 2018, and there would
be a reduction in net debt to 20% of
GDP by 2020.
The centrepiece of Mr English’s
sixth budget was a $493m package
aimed at families, which will extend
paid parental leave to 18 weeks by
2016, provide free doctors visits and
prescriptions to children under 13,
and increase the amount received
under the parental tax credit.
Business NZ chief executive Phil
O’Reilly said the Government ’s
prudent management has achieved
“ Returning to surplus only a short
time after the global financial crisis
and Christchurch earthquakes is a
sound achievement,” Mr OReilly
Efforts to allow the expensing of
research and development had also
been welcomed, though the chief
executive of Auckland’s Employers’
and Manufacturers’ Association,
Kim Campbell, said more could be
“These long overdue measures
on their own could well result in a
highly desirable pick-up in private
sector investment in R and D and
innovation,” Mr Campbell said.
He said $500m over four years to
help families would help stimulate
the economy and boost business,
though he also sounded a warning.
“ We wouldn’t want the surplus
spent before it has been banked,” Mr
Economic growth is forecast to
peak at 4% in the March 2105 year
before easing back to 3% the year
after, and 2% by 2018.
That is set to put an extra
170,000 in work by mid-2018, and
unemployment to fall to 4.4%. The
average full time wage is forecast to
rise by 12% to almost $62,300 by
But the Council of Trade Unions’
economist Dr Bill Rosenberg was
doubtful about the forecasts.
“ Treasury has a record of
overestimating wage increases when
they are rising as slowly as they have
been over the last five years,” Dr
He said the budget was a lost
opportunity to reward workers who
had not received their fair share of
the stronger economy.
“This budget does nothing to grow
wages. National is fixated on getting
to surplus,” Dr Rosenberg said.
Labour leader David Cunliffe said
it was a “fudge-it budget ” which
favoured a few at the expense of
Mr Cunliffe said the much-hyped
fiscal surplus was not worth the
wafers it was written on, and that the
budget was all smoke and mirrors.
“This is a fudge-it budget. This
Government continues to favour the
few at the expense of the many,” Mr
“This is not a budget, it’s a Cabinet
c lub annual report, and it will take a
few more things than election-year
cosmetics to change that. ”
Green Party co-leader Russel
Norman told Parliament the people
of Christchurch were paying for the
surplus — a sentiment shared by
New Zealand First.
“Still waiting for their homes to be
repaired, their roads to be fixed and
their flooded neighbourhoods to be
safe and dry. They ’re paying for the
surplus,” Dr Norman said.
“ It ’s our children, who turn up to
school with empty bellies, sick and
not ready to learn, they are paying for
“There is nothing in this budget for
New Zealand First leader
Winston Peters said the people of
Christchurch were the victims of the
Government juggling its books in
order to get back into surplus.
He accused the Government of
holding money back from quake
victims who were facing a terrible
winter, with damaged houses and the
threat of flooding.
Mr English signalled there was
scope for modest tax reductions if
the forecast budget surpluses came
Business groups embraced the
prospect of lower taxes.
reduction in core government
spending from 35% of GDP in 2010
to 31% this year is welcome, and will
help pave the way for possible tax
cuts,” Mr O’Reilly said.
Unions said the Government was
irresponsible for talking about the
prospect of tax cuts. Dr Rosenberg
said spending on health and
education had fallen in real terms,
and the Government should be
addressing that directly through
higher spending. — NZ N
Business, unions split on budget
uninhabitable or whose
health and well-being
are being put at risk by
being encouraged to make
direct contact with the city
council, ahead of a report
being presented to the
Government next week.
The flood taskforce’s
area analysis had made it clear that
earthquake-related damage to land,
houses, drainage systems and water ways
was one of several factors contributing to
severe flooding across the city.
It was equally clear that it was the main
factor causing repeated inundation in
the Dudley Creek/Flockton area, Mayor
Lianne Dalziel said.
“ What remains unclear is what this
means in terms of how the risk and
costs are apportioned between the home
owner, the Crown including EQC, and
“ However, I want to be very clear that
as a council our primary focus is not
on who funds what and when. It is on
ensuring that the next time Christchurch
has significant rainfall, people have not
been forced to remain living in houses
where water enters their homes or where
they are surrounded by contaminated
Ms Dalziel said the
assessments of the number
of households subject to
ongoing flooding both
above and below floor
levels over the past six
months were always going
residents would be the
“prime focus” of the report
to Government next week, she said.
The technical report recommended a
package of short-term solutions for each
catchment area, some of which could
be implemented either immediately or
within the next six weeks.
These included a mix of engineering
proposals, fast-tracking maintenance
and network upgrades, and area-wide
and site-specific temporary flood
Flood impact analysis categories, with
numbers affected. —
Level 1: Two or more instances of
flooding of dwelling floors since the
earthquakes — 56 properties.
Level 2: Two or more instances
of flooding under dwellings since the
earthquakes — 471 properties.
Level 3: Two or more instances of
flooding restricting resident access to
dwellings since the earthquakes — 487
properties. — APNZ
Chch council seeks
flood report input
A Hawke’s Bay farmer was ordered
to pay $7000 to the SPCA and $529 in
reparation following one of the worst
cases of neglect an SPCA inspector said
he had seen.
Andrew Ormond, 45, was sentenced
in the Hastings District Court yesterday
after admitting nine charges of ill-
treatment of an animal at his 200ha rural
station, leading to the death of 29 sheep.
In May last year, Napier SPCA
inspectors visited Ormond’s Crown-
thorpe Settlement Road property, west
They found several hundred heavily
fleeced sheep grazing in paddocks
where a large amount of blackberry was
growing and over two days found 49
sheep entangled, 21 of which were dead
and in various states of decomposition.
A further nine sheep were found dead
in streams, bogs, and open paddocks
elsewhere on the property.
As the inspectors cut the sheep free,
they found four live animals in such a
poor condition they had to be euthanised
immediately to relieve their pain and
The horrific injuries included a broken
hind leg, blindness, and one sheep that
lost an eye had worn a deep groove in
the soil trying to break free from the
blackberry. Eight sheep were put down.
Judge Jonathan Down said the sheep
were “significantly malnourished” and
it was obvious the animals had suffered
“ It is clear to me, Mr Ormond, you
were going through a difficult period of
time in your life . . . but the primary duty
you had was to care for the welfare and
wellbeing of those animals.”
He said Ormond showed “extreme
remorse” and embarrassment and
appeared determined to ensure animals
in his care will never be ill-treated again.
Ormond was convicted of the nine
charges of ill-treating an animal and
was ordered to pay $7000 to the SPCA
and $529 in reparation for the veterinary
bills to treat the wounded sheep.
Ormond, also the deputy master of the
Hawke’s Bay Hunt Club, said outside
court he was “extremely embarrassed”
and sorry for what happened.
When inter viewed by the SPCA, he
admitted he was aware of the blackberry
problem but because of his marriage
break-up was reluctant to visit the
Napier SPCA manager and senior
inspector Bruce Wills said it was one of the
worst cases of neglect he had seen in over
10 years of animal welfare enforcement.
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Farmer admits cruelty charges
Hawke’s Bay police are investigating
the death of a woman whose body was
found in a horse paddock late yesterday
Police said in a statement this morning
that the woman was found dead in a
paddock in a rural area near Flaxmere
in Hastings. She has not been formally
Detective sergeant Darren Pritchard
said the death was being treated as
unexplained at this stage.
“The investigation is in its very early
stages. Police are in an information-
gathering phase and are making area
inquiries and speaking to any possible
witnesses who may have been in the area
“Scene examinations are currently
under way and at this stage, there is no
indication as to how the woman died
or what the circumstances of her death
were,” Mr Pritchard said.
A post-mortem examination would
be conducted in the coming days which
would give police a clearer picture of how
she died. — APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
A Rotorua man has admitted indecently
assaulting a 12-year-old Carterton girl
he met on-line.
But Kayne Storm McIntyre denies
sexually grooming her.
In the Masterton District Court
yesterday, the 18-year-old admitted
indecent assault but pleaded not guilty
to communicating with and arranging
to meet the girl with intent to commit a
crime on her. He elected trial by jury for
the denied charge.
McIntyre is alleged to have been
chatting to the girl online for six months
and drove from Rotorua to pick her up
from her Carterton home on Anzac Day.
The girl’s family alerted police when she
was seen getting into an unknown car
and an hour later McIntyre was caught.
Senior sergeant Jymahl Glassey said
McIntyre and the girl met on the internet
chatroom site Omegle, which pairs
people at random. He was remanded on
bail until a case review hearing on July
24. — APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
A former North Island mayor
and lawyer accused of helping a
property developer conceal his
identity so the man could borrow
millions of dollars from the now-
failed Belgrave Finance has this
morning been found guilty of
theft by a personal in a special
Hugh Edward Staples Hamilton
was accused of 17 charges of theft
by a person in a special relationship
as well as 11 charges of false
statement by a promoter, and 11
Companies Act charges of making
a false statement to a trustee.
Releasing his verdicts in the High
Court at Auckland, Justice John
Faire found Hamilton guilty on
14 charges of theft by a person in a
special relationship. He was found
not guilty on the other charges and
granted bail until sentencing on
Friday July 4.
The theft charges Hamilton
was found guilty of come with a
maximum prison sentence of seven
years in prison.
Hamilton was a former partner of
DAC Legal which advised Belgrave
until its 2008 receivership.
The trial, which began in March,
was jointly prosecuted by the
Serious Fraud Office and Financial
Markets Authority and follows the
2008 collapse of Belgrave.
According to the Crown,
Hamilton allegedly helped former
Schofield arrange the purchase
of Belgrave in 2005 so the man’s
identity and control of the company
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Lawyer guilty of theft
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