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Man dies in trench
A contractor died after a trench he
was working in collapsed, burying
him. He was Michael Kevin Haines,
34, of Matamata. The accident
happened near Matamata on Tuesday.
Emergency ser vices were called to a
rural Te Poi property about 12.30pm.
Mr Haines was in a trench working
on a pipe join when a slip buried him.
A digger operator managed to dig
him out to the point where his head
was clear before he ran for assistance.
Mr Haines was initially conscious
and able to breathe but his condition
deteriorated. — APNZ
Crash victim critical
A 45-year-old Hawke’s Bay man
is in critical condition in Hawke’s
Bay Hospital after his car rolled in
Raukawa south of Hastings early
yesterday. Police said he was the sole
occupant of the car, which was found
in a paddock on its side by a local
resident who called police at 7.39am.
It had rolled several times over about
50m, destroying a section of fence.
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Five on robber y counts
Five teenagers have appeared in the
Rotorua Youth Court in connection
to two aggravated robberies and a
police chase through the city. None
can be named due to legal reasons.
Two are aged 15, two 16 and one is
17. No pleas were entered. They were
all remanded in custody with the 15
and 16-year-olds separated between
Auckland, Rotorua and Palmerston
North due to bed availability and
will reappear on June 24.
— APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Robber y trio bailed
The three youths arrested for the
violent robbery of Matua Dairy
on Tuesday have been released on
bail. The men, aged 17, 18, and 27,
appeared in the Tauranga District
Court yesterday jointly charged
with aggravated robbery. They were
released on bail to reappear at court
on June 6. They allegedly robbed the
store of a small amount of tobacco
and the shop assistant was allegedly
struck with a metal bar.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Fatal shooting sequel
A father and son have pleaded
not guilty to firearms charges laid
over a west Auckland fatal shooting.
Allen Lum, 41, and his son Trae
Lum, 18, appeared in the Waitakere
District Court yesterday a week
after the incident in Luanda Drive,
Ranui, that left Josh Roach dead
and another 20-year-old in hospital.
The Lums will reappear in court in
August. — APNZ
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 449 last
night. Successful numbers were 3, 7,
13, 21, 32, 44; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9954: 5,
7, 10, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 32, 33, 37, 38,
45, 55, 67, 68, 69, 71, 73, 79. Draw No
9955: 4, 11, 20, 24, 25, 28, 31, 32, 33,
35, 42, 46, 48, 56, 57, 62, 63, 70, 73, 79.
Hollywood chasing Dotcom’s assets
A sleek Gulfstream V worth nearly
$100 million is set to soar into the South
Island next month, but it will not be
carrying magnates or celebrities.
Instead, the highly-modified corporate
jet will have on board some of the most
sophisticated scientific technology ever
sent into the air.
The United States-based High-
performance Instrumented Airborne
Platform for Environmental Research
(Hiaper) aircraft will play a starring role
in a huge, multi-national scientific study
centred on the South Island over the
next two months.
Part of the study team is based at
Combining more than 100 researchers
from the US, United Kingdom,
Germany, Australia and New Zealand,
the Deepwave project sets out to unravel
the mysteries of gravity waves, a vital but
little-understood atmospheric element.
Gravity waves form when winds strike a
large obstacle, such as a mountain range,
sending ripples hundreds of kilometres
across land and water, and vertically into
the outer reaches of the atmosphere.
“ We know they’re there, but nobody
really realised until only recently just
how much of an effect on the weather
they had,” Tony Bromley, a meteorologist
with the National Institute of Water and
Atmospheric Research, said.
While it had been established gravity
waves affected the weather on a global
scale, there was still debate over the scale
of their influence.
“Most people would agree that their
influence is quite large, but how large,
and how it all exactly happens, nobody
The project was initially to be held
around the Andes mountains in South
America, before scientists instead set
their sights on the Southern Alps.
The alps are considered a “hot spot ” for
gravity waves, as the seasonal positioning
of the southern circumpolar jet system
over their mountainous topography
makes for strong gravity waves.
“Because there are no other influences
from terrain, you get this nice, smooth
flow on the western side right across the
Southern Ocean, and then bang, they
hit the Southern Alps and you get the
uplifting effect,” Mr Bromley said.
Within these waves, the Gulfstream V
will fly up to 20 missions at heights of up
to 12,800m, extending to Tasmania and
deep into the sub-Antarctic Southern
Ocean. — APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A cheetah that was being transported
to Wellington Zoo from Christchurch
Two five-year-old male cheetahs
Shomari and Cango were being
moved from Orana Wildlife Park
in Christchurch to Wellington Zoo
They arrived in Wellington overnight
but Shomari was unconscious on arrival,
zoo spokeswoman Megan Sellars said.
“Cango is fine, and he will be put in to
the exhibit today.”
Ms Sellars said a staff meeting was
expected to be held today where the vets
who had worked on Shomari would give
a full briefing on what happened, and
more details would be available then.
Meanwhile, the zoo is working to
find out how a child on a school trip to
Wellington Zoo entered a secure area of
the tiger enclosure last week.
Ms Sellars said an investigation was
under way in to how the primary school-
aged child got inside an area that is used
by keepers to hand-feed Rokan the tiger.
“ We don’t know how the incident
occurred and an investigation is under
way,” Ms Sellars said.
“It is definitely being taken seriously.”
The child was part of a group of
children and adults in the visitor viewing
area when he or she somehow got in to
the secure area.
Rokan had come towards the child
who was behind a fence, giving the child
a fright, Ms Sellars said.
“ We’ve heard that they had a fright,
but we haven’t talked to the child or the
Ms Sellars said that an inter view
with the child would not be part of the
She said there were no early indicators
to suggest a cause for the incident.
on way to
Five of Hollywood’s biggest
movie studios are fighting to get
Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand assets
Papers have just been filed against
Mr Dotcom in the High Court in
Auckland, and listed for the first
time today, Radio New Zealand
reported this afternoon.
Mr Dotcom has been facing
similar action in the United States
but the major movie studios are
now taking him on in this country.
The case between 20th Century
Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal,
Warner Bros and Mr Dotcom did
not go ahead as planned this morning
because his legal team needed more
time to prepare.
The High Court last month
granted Mr Dotcom the rights to
his assets including cars, jewellery,
$1 million in cash, and $600,000 in
The Crown is appealing against that
decision — but those are the same
assets the movie studios want frozen.
In the legal challenge lodged in the
US, the studios allege Mr Dotcom’s
Megaupload website facilitated and
profited from massive copyright
The New Zealand case is before the
courts again next week. — NZN
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PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Anglican pastor Charlie Hughes and his wife Lisa from St Michael’s Church
in Henderson. Mr Hughes has quit the church because he disagrees with its
decision to bless same-sex realtionships.
An Anglican pastor has quit the
Church and is taking his congregation
with him after the governing body
moved ahead with plans to bless same-
Charlie Hughes, the former vicar of
St Michael’s in Henderson, says
he cannot reconcile the decision of
the church to recognise same sex
relationships with his ordination vows.
He said the vows were a pledge to
uphold the constitution of the Anglican
Church. The constitution states it is “not
lawful to ordain anything contrary to
God’s word written”.
“ It’s not because we have a problem with
people who are in a same sex relationship
but because of the commitment we have
to shaping our lives around the teachings
of the Bible,” Mr Hughes said.
“This isn’t an anti-gay issue. This
is a pro-Bible issue. There are seven
completely clear statements in the
Bible about same sex acts which are all
The Anglican Church’s ruling body
this month issued an apology to the
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
community. It also told clergy they
could bless same sex marriages with a
bishop’s permission and set out a path to
formalising the recognition.
There is intense debate in congregations
grappling with how to accept the ruling
of the governing body, the General
Mr Hughes said he knew of other
churches in which rifts had formed.
“There is a large body of Anglican
clergy who are convinced this is the
wrong way to go.”
There was also a group of lawyers
including two QCs — who were
working on a legal challenge to the
Two-thirds of St Michael’s board had
also resigned as had half the staff, while
Mr Hughes was in talks with a non-
Anglican church to take over as minister.
He said he would welcome his former
parishioners if they chose to join the
He said in his view there was an
relationships and membership of a
Mr Hughes said the Bible was explicit
in its opposition to sexual acts between
people of the same gender.
“ I, in no way, support repressive policies
against homosexuals,” he added.
“ I am prepared to be supportive and
engaged with people who experience
same sex attraction but I cannot approve
of those who participate in same sex
He said there would be a “tension
between living according to the Bible
and the lifestyle choice they make”.
The Bishop of Auckland the Very
Reverend Ross Bay told St Michael’s
parishioners that he understood there
would be “confusion and even anger”
over the situation.
He said Mr Hughes had spoken of
making a decision of conscience.
“ I respect his decision and so have
accepted the inevitable consequence that
his licence as vicar must lapse as a result. ”
He also said the Church’s position had
not changed, with work under way to
develop ways in which clergy opposed to
same sex marriage did not have to bless
A new priest would be appointed.
Labour’s Louisa Wall, who championed
same-sex marriage legislation through
Parliament, welcomed the Anglican
Church’s move to take a position across
“ It says to me the Anglican Church
has always been the most progressive. ”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Vicar resigns over same-sex debate
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Belac Notlimah (Caleb Hamilton), Merchant Lucretia (Angela Taylor), Penelope Farthing (Natalee
Taylor), Agent Darling (Iain Clark) and Lady Helen Steampunk (Helen Jansen) enter modern-day
Oamaru through a time machine.
Full steam ahead for steampunk festival
Oamaru will be going “full
steam” over the next four days,
as a place where people can step
into another time dimension for
the fifth annual Steampunk New
The festival starts tonight with
the Absinthe Night.
For 11-year-old Natalee Taylor,
the festival is an opportunity to
celebrate imagination, creativity
and fun. Each year, the Fenwick
School pupil transforms into
different personas — Anna
Key, the keeper of the keys, or
Penelope Farthing, tea messenger
for the Q ueen, to name just two.
With Natalee as the model, the
Taylor family won the supreme
award in the inaugural Steampunk
Fashion Show and will be having
another tilt at the title this year.
In five years, the festival has
become the biggest steampunk
event in New Zealand and
Australia. It was first held in 2010
in a bid to establish the town as
the steampunk capital of New
Now, it runs for four days, this
year with 18 events and a fringe
festival running along side it.
The festival is the brainchild of
the Oamaru Victorian League
of Imagineers, which now has
members around the world
— a recent recruit is Scottish
comedian Billy Connolly.
Organisers Helen Jansen and
Iain Clark were thrilled with the
response to this year’s event.
With a little bit of
enabled people to become
something they had never been
before, they said.
“ We know several people who
have come out of their personality
shells, metamorphosed into the
most glorious dragons, never
mind butterflies,” Ms Jansen said.
On Saturday, the Oamaru Club
will host aVictorian Souk, a
market with treasures and charms
for steampunkers and non-
steampunkers alike, which has
attracted stallholders from as far
north as Whangarei and south as
Invercargill, she said.
The Oamaru Club will also be
home to steampunk racing of
teapots, airships and bots over the
weekend, with an “industrial goth
dance-off ” on the side.
The Steampunk NZ Fashion
Show, this year hosted by Te
Radar, and gala dinner had
become more refined over the last
four years, Mr Clark said.
Other events over the weekend
include cupcake decorating, dance
classes, a writers’ workshop and
steam train rides round Oamaru
Harbour. — Otago Daily Times
Social Development Minister Paula
Bennett says an overhaul of social
security legislation will not introduce
any major reforms to the welfare
Ms Bennett announced yesterday
that the Social Security Act, which
came into force in 1964, will be
rewritten. The act underpins New
Zealand’s welfare system.
Ms Bennett said the act had
been tweaked so many times it was
disjointed and difficult to understand,
she told Radio New Zealand today.
She said the plan was to simplify
the legislation, not introduce major
Ms Bennett said she did not expect
the draft to be completed until late
“It ’s got more amendments than the
actual act itself now. It ’s unworkable,
I think it is hugely increasing the
workload particularly of front-line
staff,” Ms Bennett said.
The act came into force in 1964 but
parts of it reflect New Zealand’s first
social welfare legislation from 1938.
In the past 50 years there have been
139 amendments, and 186 sections
have been repealed.
Ms Bennett said there could be
some changes to the actual content
but the overhaul was mostly a legal
“ We think we’ve done the major
reforms. We’re not looking at any
major reforms with the rewrite — it
is more about bedding in what we’re
already doing,” she said.
Victoria University senior law
lecturer Mamari Stephens said an
overhaul of social security was long
Ms Stephens said the current
legislation was messy, but that should
not be used as a chance to reform
social welfare by stealth.
“I know how difficult it is to
understand and I can see how
difficult it is to navigate . . . so part of
me thinks it ’s a fantastic opportunity
to come up with a piece of legislation
that works a lot better than the
current one does,” she said.
But Ms Stephens was worried —
despite Ms Bennett ’s reassurances
— the new act would bring in policy
changes under the radar.
“There’s an awful lot of reform that
can carry on around the edges there,
so there’s a little bit of worry here that
there’s going to be another tranche of
reforms that could go on under the
guise of creating a new act.”
Caritas, an aid agency, said
thorough public consultation would
be important when the act was
Spokeswoman Lisa Beech said
the current law was complex but it
contained important principles and
Amendments in 2012 were rushed
through Parliament, and it was
crucial the public was given enough
time to have a say this time, she said.
“The first (2012 amendment), we
only had 11 days for the community
to comment on that through the
select committee process. That ’s why
we are concerned that we have a
really full and thorough consultation
process and a thorough assessment of
the impacts it will have on vulnerable
Ms Bennett said there would be
plenty of time for public consultation,
with the draft rewrite not expected to
be completed until late 2015.
An expert working group would be
set up, and the Government had also
asked benefit advocate groups to be
involved, she said. — APNZ
Bennett denies major welfare change on cards
John Banks deliberately kept
“politically sensitive” donations
from Sky City and Kim Dotcom to
his failed 2010 Auckland mayoralty
bid anonymous, the Crown says.
Crown prosecutor Paul Dacre,
QC, today delivered his closing
statement as Banks’s trial on a
charge of filing a false electoral
return for the mayoralty campaign
draws to a close.
“It ’s the Crown case that Mr
Banks’s failure to advise his team
was not simply an oversight,”
Mr Dacre said of the accusations
the Act MP knowingly received
donations from Mr Dotcom and
Sky City that were recorded as
In the High Court at Auckland,
Mr Dacre said Banks took an
active role in seeking to obscure
the source of or his knowledge of
donations that were “arguably the
most politically sensitive”.
Banks told police he signed
the electoral return, which was
prepared by campaign treasurer
Lane Hutchison, after asking Mr
Hutchison if everything in it was
Mr Dacre said Banks “sought to
insulate himself ” from knowledge
of the donations by seeking Mr
Hutchison’s assurances and not
checking the donations section of
the electoral return himself.
In May 2010, Sky City boss Nigel
Morrison called a short meeting
with Banks and handed him a
donation in a Sky City envelope.
Banks told his PR man Scott
Campbell to give the envelope to
employees confirmed the company
had no intention to keep the
donation to Banks, or one made
to his rival L en Brown, secret, Mr
In June that year, Banks visited Mr
Dotcom’s Coatesville mansion. Mr
Dotcom said he offered to donate
$50,000 to Banks’s campaign
but Banks asked for the money
to be split so it could be recorded
This was backed up by Mr
Dotcom’s former wife Mona
Dotcom and his former bodyguard
Mr and Mrs Dotcom said two to
three weeks later Banks called Mr
Dotcom and confirmed he received
“Mr Banks engineered a situation
where Mr Hutchison had no
information regarding the source of
the donation,” Mr Dacre said.
After Mr Dotcom’s high-profile
arrest in 2012 on suspicion of
copyright infringement, his lawyer
Greg Towers said Banks had told
him any assistance the MP gave
to Mr Dotcom could backfire if
knowledge of the 2010 donations
This was “compelling evidence”
Banks knew of the Dotcom
donations, Mr Dacre said, and
the defence suggestion that Mr
Dotcom had orchestrated evidence
as part of a campaign to bring down
the government was a “conspiracy
Mrs Dotcom and Mr Tempero
were not under any control from
Mr Dotcom, Mr Dacre said.
He said it would make no sense
for Mr Dotcom not to follow up
a $50,000 donation, or to split his
donation unless he was advised to
Banks is defending the charge
before Justice Edwin Wylie and no
jury. — APNZ
Banks knew about
An accused man made a break for
freedom from the Gore District Court
yesterday and is still on the run.
Rory Damien Partridge dodged
security at the back door of the
courthouse about 4pm yesterday.
The 23-year-old was appearing in
court on charges related to burglary and
driving while disqualified.
Police said they have searched Gore for
him and police in Invercargill had joined
the search. Police describe Partridge as
Maori, 1.9 m tall, of thin build, with a
tattoo on his left hand.
Police said Partridge should not be
approached but sightings of him should
be reported to police. — APNZ
Prisoner flees courthouse
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