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Part of Kamo lost power yesterday after
a woman driver allegedly crossed Station
Road, hit an oncoming logging truck and
crashed into a power pole.
The accident, just before 6pm, brought
down a power line on Station Road,
Kamo, that ended up across the truck
driver’s vehicle, but there were no serious
Acting sergeant Mike Greenwood, the
police officer in charge of the scene, said
from initial investigations, it appeared the
woman driver was heading east in a silver
Mercedes saloon when it crossed the
centre line, hit an oncoming Smith and
Davies logging truck then crashed into a
The car came to rest on its side down
a bank and a live power line ended up
across the logging truck. Emergency
ser vices staff had to free the woman, who
was not badly injured, from her upturned
car while Northpower lines workers fixed
the power cable.
“It was quite a dangerous situation. The
driver isn’t badly injured but can’t get
out because the vehicle is almost upside
down,” Mr Greenwood said at the scene
near the intersection of Eden Terrace.
Investigations were continuing, but it
appeared speed could have been a factor.
He said electricity was out to one side of
The driver of the logging truck did not
want to talk about the crash, but Smith
and Davies fleet manager Dave Sills said
the company was grateful nobody was
Mr Sills said it was a scary situation for
the driver as nobody wanted to have a live
power line hanging over their vehicle.
The road was reopened about 7pm.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
A New Zealand Fijian family fear
that their cancer-stricken mother
will be deported to Fiji and die a
heartbreaking and lonely death —
the same fate that befell Fijian Sanil
Kumar this week.
Ashia Begam, 59, a Fijian living in
Auckland with stage four metastatic
breast cancer, is pleading to the
Government to grant her residency.
Her visitor’s visa expires next
Her two children and their
children are New Zealand citizens
or residents, and her husband is in
New Zealand on a work visa. The
family says she has no one to take
care of her in Fiji, and they can not
leave New Zealand because of work
and family commitments.
Her case follows the death of Sanil
Kumar, who died this week after
returning to Fiji. He had wanted to
stay in New Zealand for a kidney
Associate Immigration Minister
Nikki Kaye stood by her decision
not to inter vene in Mr Kumar’s
case, adding that not all the case’s
information was made public.
But the Fiji Indian Association
called it “heartless”.
Mrs Begam’s daughter, Fozia Ali,
said the family was “very scared and
disturbed by Sanil Kumar’s case, as
we don’t want her to go through the
“ We know the end will come soon.
She’s in a lot of pain. Her bones are
very soft, and she has very limited
“S he has nothing at all in Fiji. No
one to go to.” In a letter to Prime
Minister John Key, Ms Ali wrote:
“ We are a close-knit family, but I
can’t accompany my mum to Fiji
as I have four children aged nine,
seven, five and three, and my brother
Shakeel has two kids, aged four and
“Sending her to Fiji would mean
dying alone and away from family
without peace, love and family
support ... leaving her to die without
her kids, husband and grand
kids. This issue leaves me heart
broken.” Mrs Begam has been in
New Zealand for six years and was
diagnosed with cancer in 2011. She
has twice been declined residency,
and in February this year was denied
a work visa because she did not meet
In declining the work visa,
Immigration NZ said: “ There is a
strong case that the client can receive
all the relevant care that she needs in
Fiji and at a lower cost to the client
and her family.” The Auckland DHB
had been treating Mrs Begam, but
it had stopped treatment when her
work visa was declined.
DHB director of the cancer and
blood directorate, Richard Sullivan,
said he sympathised with her
“But Auckland DHB does not
have discretion to treat people who
are ineligible for free public health
care. ” The family says they are paying
off a debt to the DHB of about
$16,000 — but the DHB was unable
to confirm this.
The Prime Minister’s office has
referred the matter to Ms Kaye, who
expected to make a decision within
Ms Kaye did not want to comment
on the case, but said that one factor
she considers is the effect on New
Zealanders’ access to health services.
“ In terms of my decisions ... some
of them involve consideration of a
range of factors including access to
treatment for New Zealanders.
“Some of those decisions include
enabling people with significant
illnesses to remain in New Zealand.”
Fijian family fears for cancer-stricken mother
A New Zealand charity has lost its
right to use the words “Red Nose Day ”,
after an Australian charity succeeded in
a four-year court challenge to have the
New Zealand trademark revoked.
But Cure Kids, which raises money
for research into child illnesses through
Red Nose Day in New Zealand, vowed
to appeal the decision and said the
fundraising campaign would go ahead
as normal this year.
“ We have owned the rights to Red
Nose Day in New Zealand since
1989, and we continue to do so,”
Cure Kids chief executive Vicki Lee
“The Australians can do their own
thing, in their own country. Prior to
this challenge that is exactly what has
always happened. We will appeal it to
the High Court.
“From my point of view, the public
don’t want to see two charities arguing.
It doesn’t look good for either charity
but we feel that we have to defend our
New Zealand rights to this. And we
will defend it.”
Operating under the name SIDS and
Kids, the National SIDS Council of
Australia — which funds research and
support for families of sudden infant
death syndrome — applied to have the
New Zealand trademark revoked in
2010, when Cure Kids brought back its
Red Nose Day appeal after a 13-year
In a decision this month, the
Intellectual Property Office of New
Zealand (IPONZ) found in favour of
SIDS and Kids because of Cure Kids’
“non-use” in the three years before
Ms Lee said the motive of the
Australian charity was unclear.
SIDS and Kids chief executive Leanne
Raven would not respond to questions
SIDS and Kids succeeded in its
revocation application as Cure Kids did
not run the Red Nose event between
1997 and 2010. The final three years of
that “non-use” period are at the heart of
the IPONZ decision.
“ We’ve run it all these years before,
we’ve put it on hold, we’ve brought it
back,” Ms Lee said. “It’s disappointing
Last year, the Red Nose Day to Cure
Kids appeal — which culminates in a
televised comedy event each year —
raised $1.6 million.
In recent years, Red Nose Day has
featured appearances from stars such as
Sonny Bill Williams, Jono and Ben, and
Flight of the Conchords.
Cure Kids funds research into the
treatment and cure of diseases affecting
The appeal was important in funding
treatments for sick children, said the
mother of 10-year-old Cure Kids
ambassador Jorja Sharp, who suffered
burns as a child.
Louise Sharp said Red Nose Day
helped raise awareness and money for
research into children’s illnesses.
“It’s a huge contribution that the
public are aware of, for fundraising.
“It’s visible for every mum and dad
on the street, as well as the corporates.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Crash knocks out power
Warrington couple Paul and
Shelley Hersey are upbeat despite
not riding the White Wave.
The couple attempted to reach
the summit of 6800m Anidesha
The experience of attempting to
reach the top of the unclimbed
peak — also known as the White
Wave — was a “really cool
experience’’, despite only reaching
a height of about 5700m because
of dangerous conditions, Mr
“There’s a whole range of things
that you don’t get at home and
that ’s before you even get to the
climb,’’ he said.
The couple trekked for 10 days
from Kathmandu, Nepal, to their
base camp at 5000m and spent
the next three weeks on the
They returned to D unedin on
Tuesday and were disappointed
to find the weather colder than
Mrs Hersey said they were
“certainly disappointed’’ not to
reach the summit.
“But given the conditions, it
was a fairly clear-cut decision
and the whole experience was
really rewarding in itself.’’
Her husband was struck by
acute mountain sickness on the
mountain and had to return to
base camp and their climbing
partner, Australian John Price,
became extremely sick during
their hike to base camp.
“Expeditions take all of your
mental and physical fortitude
and application,’’ Mr Hersey
“They are certainly about
Mrs Hersey and Mr Price
pushed for the summit without
Mr Hersey, because of his
sickness, but found themselves in
“It was really unconsolidated,
which means not only are you
ploughing through snow, but
you take one or two steps and
then you are up to thigh-height
snow and then you take one or
two more steps and you are up to
chest-height,’’ she said.
“You can easily break a leg in
While the disappointment of
not reaching the summit meant
the couple ``second-guessed ’’
themselves, getting home alive
was more important than getting
to the top of Anidesha Chuli, he
“ You have only got so much
energy living at that sort of
altitude. Your body basically eats
itself,’’ he said.
The couple were already
planning their next “project ’’.
“There’s heaps of new stuff to
be done in New Zealand,’’ Mrs
“Not in terms of new summits,
but new routes.’’
“And we haven’t climbed in
China or South America yet,’’
Mr Hersey added.
But the couple’s immediate
plans were to finish unpacking.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Shelley and Paul Hersey, of Warrington, unpack at home after returning from their attempt on an
unclimbed peak in Nepal.
Climbers upbeat after White Wave attempt
A breakthrough scientific discovery
has found large waves are to blame
for breaking up sea ice at a larger scale
than previously thought, explaining a
rapid decrease in Arctic ice.
The finding by Niwa scientists
comes from researching how the
Southern Ocean’s biggest waves were
affecting Antarctic sea ice.
Their new data showed that large
waves in the Southern Ocean —
those bigger than 3m — were able
to break sea ice over greater distances
than previously believed, and that
this process may be the missing
science that explained the increase
in Antarctic, and rapid decrease in
Arctic, sea ice.
The findings were published this
week in the latest edition of the
scientific journal, Nature.
Co-author Mike Williams said it
meant because sea ice was breaking
up over a larger area than previously
thought, it was more able to exchange
heat between the ocean and the
Another co-author Alison Kohout
said their work had suggested that
the role of large waves was more
relevant that previously assumed.
“ In the Arctic there is a lot of
evidence of sea ice retreat, yet
scientists have been unable to
reproduce the acceleration of sea
ice retreat in their modelling. This
suggests something is missing from
the models.” Sea ice plays a critical
role in moderating the global climate
During the winter it covers 30%
of the ocean south of New Zealand,
acting as a barrier between the
atmosphere and ocean.
The state of the sea ice was an
indicator of how climate was
changing around the poles.
Dr Kohout said the Southern Ocean
was continuously generating large
and unforgiving swells that break
sea ice apart, removing the barrier
between the ocean and atmosphere.
Dr Williams said they were able
to use new technology to conduct
their research and this enabled them
to collect more and improved data
about large waves.
“ When these experiments were
last carried out in the 1970s and 80s,
people needed to be sitting on the
sea ice to take measurements and
that meant they couldn’t be out there
when the big waves came through,”
“ Now we have autonomous
equipment that can be out there
during storms and that ’s what gave us
the ability to get the new data.”
In addition to using climate
modelling to explore the issue further,
Dr Williams said the information
had the potential to be used as a
predictive tool for ship navigation.
“ We will be able to predict the size
of waves that ships can expect when
they are moving through sea ice. This
is important as large waves can be
a risk to ships with little or no ice
protection. ” — APNZ
Large waves to blame for breaking up Arctic ice — scientists
A 42-year-old man jailed for sexually
grooming teenage girls has pleaded
guilty to breaching super vision by using
a cellphone capable of accessing the
Stephen George Rainham appeared
before Judge Tony Walsh in Masterton
District Court charged with breaching
extended super vision order conditions.
He pleaded guilty through duty lawyer
It is his third breach and Judge Walsh
warned him of the consequences of
In November 2009, the former
Hawke’s Bay man was jailed for two
years and eight months on grooming
offences, including having unlawful
sexual connection with a girl aged
between 12 and 16.
Released from jail two years later,
Rainham was subject to an extended
super vision order.
Within weeks of his release Rainham
was recalled to jail for nine months after
breaching release conditions by failing
to notify authorities he had changed
his address, was accessing the internet
and having unsuper vised contact with
children under 16.
On May 2, this year, the extended
super vision order was renewed by the
Napier District Court for another five
It is due to expire in May 2019.
He breached the conditions of that
order within days of it being imposed.
The court heard Rainham was seen
by a probation officer using a phone
capable of accessing the internet on
May 9 in Masterton. Rainham told the
Community Corrections staff member
that he had used the cellphone only to
listen to music.
Convicting Rainham on the charge,
Judge Walsh gave him a stern warning
about any further breaches.
“ It ’s clear when I look at your criminal
history you have been convicted on a
number of occasions ... If you continue
to breach inevitably you will end up back
in prison,” he said.
He convicted Rainham and ordered
him to come up for sentence if called
upon within six months.
Rainham was ordered to pay $130 court
costs. — APNZ-Wairarapa Times-Age
Related party loans are common
in business but there should be
disclosure of them by finance
companies, an expert witness has
told the High Court in Timaru.
Grant Graham, a partner in
Korda Mentha which specialises
restructuring, told the South
Canterbury Finance fraud trial that
such loans were material to users
of company financial statements,
particularly for investors.
He said the size of a loan did not
necessarily make its disclosure a
must but whether there was “a class”
of loans that taken together made
them materially relevant.
Two former directors of SCF,
Edward Sullivan and Robert White,
and former chief executive Lachie
McLeod, are on trial on a total of
18 charges related to the collapse of
the company in August 2010.
Related party loans are at the heart
of a number of the charges.
Mr Graham said accounting
guidelines about when related party
loans should be disclosed could not
be applied rigidly.
For example, he said a company
the size of SCF would not be
required to disclose such a loan of
But if there were 20 loans of
that amount, disclosure would be
relevant to investors and finance
sector regulators, particularly if the
terms of the loans were “soft”, as
often happened with related party
In cross-examination, Mr Graham
agreed that expert witnesses who
gave evidence to help the court, were
required to be independent, have an
open mind, have a sound basis for
opinions, and had no conflicts of
He said that at various stages
leading up to the collapse of SCF,
he had led Korda Mentha teams
engaged to investigate the company
by the Treasury, the Serious Fraud
Office, the BNZ and the Financial
The trial continues. — NZ N
Court told of SCF loan non-disclosure
Using internet a return ticket
to jail, sex offender warned
A decision on the
monorail project is
proposed $200 million
project say a decision
Conser vation Minister
Nick Smith spent the
past week considering
an independent financial
viability report on the
43km Fiordland Link
Save Fiordland chairman
Bill Jar vie, of Te Anau, said yesterday
a decision “is coming in the next two
“All the indications are that the
minister will have only one response and
that is to decline the application.
“This has been going on for two years
and it shouldn’t have got to first base.
“O ur World Heritage obligations
mean it should have been kicked
into touch right from the start. ’’ Save
Fiordland would consider its response
to an unfavourable decision,’’ Mr Jar vie
the decision, only the
way it was arrived at.’’
The project developer,
Riverstone Holdings Ltd
managing director Bob
Robertson, of Wanaka,
said the monorail would
be a model of sustainable
“ We need to move
people across our land
with a low impact, so
they can experience what
real New Zealand is.
“ I’m not sure we meet
sustainable tourism by
putting thousands of people in buses on
tarmac,’’ he said yesterday.
The glass-topped monorail carriages
would “gently glide through the forest at
20 to 30kph’’, Mr Robertson said.
“There would be no other experience in
the world like this. ’’ If successful, work
would start immediately on consents and
fundraising and then begin in earnest in
about six months.
The decision, originally expected in
February, was postponed so Mr Smith
could examine an independent financial
viability report. — Otago Daily Times
Normal train ser vices on the Melling
Line have resumed this morning, after
a train derailed at the station on
A train failed to stop at the station
and crashed in to a concrete platform,
injuring a woman, about 8am.
The crashed train had been removed
from the site on Tuesday night
and infrastructure repair work was
completed last night.
General manager passenger Deborah
Hume said that investigations into the
incident were continuing.
“ It would be premature to focus on
any one possible cause of the incident
until the investigations are completed,”
“Safety is our first priority and we
would never operate a train if there
were any concerns about its brake
“Given our maintenance programme,
and the current operating performance
of the remainder of the Matangi fleet,
there is no reason for us to be concerned
about the safety of the Matangi or Ganz
Mavag trains we operate.”
Bus replacements were used between
Normal train services resume
after train derailment
A man driving a family member
home from hospital transformed into a
firefighting hero when he noticed flames
inside a Tauranga fish and chip shop.
The man, only known as Craig, had
just picked up a family member from
Tauranga Hospital about 1am on
Tuesday and was taking that person
home when he drove past Mainstreet
Takeaways on Cameron Road, Greerton
station officer Paul van Kol said.
“He saw the flames from inside the fish
and chip shop, did a u-turn and looked
through the window, which I wouldn’t
recommend doing, and obviously
couldn’t see what it was so he began to
kick the front door down.”
As the man was kicking the door
in, two women driving past saw and
backtracked to investigate further, Mr
van Kol said.
Mr van Kol said once they realised
he was a good samaritan they began
helping to kick the door in.
Once inside, the man found the source
of the fire — items collected by a deep
fryer basket which had spontaneously
combusted, Mr van Kol said.
“Luckily it was above the vats.
He grabbed the basket and threw it
The man was treated by St John
ambulance for smoke inhalation.
“It ’s not something that we as the
Fire Service recommend but this
guy obviously made a calculated
decision that helped save the fish
and chip shop,” Mr van Kol said.
— APNZ-Bay of Plenty Times
Fish and chip hero saves day
The owners of four dogs which
attacked a seven-year-old Japanese
girl in Murupara are
Charlotte Boyt, 31, and Gareth Clive
Boyt, 35, appeared in the Rotorua
District Court before a registrar
yesterday. They face a joint charge under
section 58 of the Dog Control Act with
owning four dogs which caused serious
They were granted further remand for
diversion to be considered by police and
will reappear in court on July 9.
Under the adult diversion scheme, if
an offender completes agreed conditions
the prosecutor can seek to have the
charge withdrawn and a conviction will
not be recorded.
Sakurako Uehara was mauled by the
staffordshire bull terrier-cross dogs in
March. After the attack the dogs were
Sakurako faces years of reconstructive
surgery to repair extensive wounds
to most of her body. She suffered
more than 100 bites to her face, limbs
and almost every part of her body.
— APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Owners of dogs that
attacked child seek diversion
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