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Prime Minister John Key
says National would have
refused to accept some
votes of Act MP John
Banks had he not said he
would quit Parliament.
National had decided
that it would not introduce
legislation that depended
on the Epsom MP’s vote,
but did not pressure him to
resign, Mr Key said.
That means the Government does
not have enough votes to advance the
controversial Employment Relations
Amendment Bill in this term of
The PM could not think of any other
bills that would have depended on
Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee
said that with 12 more hours of the
budget debate and 16 valedictory
speeches to get through, there was little
time for much other legislation between
now and when the House rises next
Without Banks, National will still have
63 votes on confidence and supply issues
in the 120-seat House.
Unionists will celebrate the fact that
the employment bill does not have
the numbers to progress this term. It
abolishes the duty of good faith on
a union and employer to conclude a
collective agreement, relaxes rules on
meal and tea breaks and lets employers
dock pay for partial strikes.
Banks last night announced he will
resign next Friday, after being found
guilty of filing a false donations return
in respect of two $25,000 cheques from
Kim Dotcom’s Megastuff company for
the 2010 super city mayoral election.
“ I have given my heart and soul over
four decades to making a worthwhile
contribution to this country,” Banks said.
“I have always endeavoured to do the
right thing. Consequently I am deeply
saddened at this turn of events.”
Banks was convinced he was going to
win the High Court case and friends
said he had taken the verdict hard.
Act leader Jamie Whyte said the party
had a lot to thank Banks
for: he won the Epsom seat
in 2011, had established
which was important to
Act and — while he was
more conser vative than
Act members — voted as
an Act MP rather than
according to his personal
views on some occasions,
such as in favour of the
Banks is due to be sentenced on August
1, when the judge will also say whether
he will convict him. A conviction would
have forced the MP from Parliament
What appears to have clinched his
resignation is advice that in such an
event, Parliament would have had to
be recalled to vote against holding a
byelection so close to the September 20
Dr Whyte spoke to Banks on Saturday
and expressed his preference for him to
Mr Key ’s chief of staff, Wayne
Eagleson, also spoke to him, but the PM
said National was not “putting massive
pressure on him”.
National needs the support of 75%
of the House to avoid holding a costly
byelection, so effectively it needs
Labour leader David Cunliffe said last
night his initial view was that the public
would not thank Labour for the expense
of a byelection. But he wanted to talk
to caucus colleagues as well as other
Mr Cunliffe criticised Mr Key for
describing Banks as an “honest ” man
after the verdict on Thursday.
“This Government ’s mandate has
rested on a man found guilty of a serious
electoral offence; on (United First MP)
Peter Dunne, stripped of his ministerial
warrants after he lost the trust of
the Prime Minister having allegedly
leaked a classified (Government
Communications Security Bureau)
report; and on a Maori Party cravenly
propping up the Government.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 3
Surfer’s body found
The body of missing surfer Duncan
Munro was found in bush area on
the Mahia Peninsula yesterday. The
43-year-old Gisborne man had
been missing since about noon on
Thursday and a search team found
his body about 10.30am, police said.
His car had been found with his
surfboard and wetsuit inside near
a popular surf break on Saturday.
His death was not being treated as
suspicious. — APNZ
Child hit by roller
A two-year-old boy is dead after
being run over by a 1.5-tonne roller
on Saturday at his home. Marley
Shearer was struck by the reversing
roller on the driveway of his family’s
Elmore Road home, Paremoremo,
about 1.45pm. Emergency ser vices
rushed the boy to Starship children’s
hospital in a critical condition but he
died soon after.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Man crushed by tree
tree rolled on to him near Nelson
on Saturday. Police said in the
incident occurred at the back of the
Worship Centre on Edward Streeet
in Wakefield about 10am. Acting
Inspector Mark Booth said a man
had been hit by a fallen tree and died
in Nelson Hospital a short time later.
Wakefield vicar Allan Wasley said two
community ser vice workers had been
cutting the felled tree into segments.
The tree rolled on to one of the men
and he became trapped beneath it.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Concern for missing man
Police are concerned for the well-
being of Christchurch man Daniel
Wisely, 26, who has not been seen
since January. He last contacted
family by text in February. A
Caucasian, of slim to medium build
and about 1.8m tall with brown hair,
he is believed to be in Canterbury or
Otago. — APNZ
Two people have become
millionaires after winning one of
the largest Lotto jackpots at the
weekend. The Powerball prize of
$26.4 million has been won by two
players, from Kumeu and Hastings,
each with $13.2 million to claim.
They also won $250,000 each as
winners of division one in Lotto.
Two other ticketholders also shared
the division one prize. Successful
numbers were 2, 4, 7, 27, 32, 33;
bonus 5. Strike numbers were
7, 32, 27, 2. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 3.
The Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Titirangi. The winner from
Palmerston North spun for $125,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 9974: 1,
7, 10, 15, 17, 19, 28, 29, 37, 38, 51, 53,
55, 60, 65, 68, 71, 72, 78, 80. Draw No
9975: 1, 2, 3, 14, 26, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37,
52, 57, 58, 61, 62, 65, 67, 72, 78, 79.
Draw No 9976: 3, 6, 7, 19, 28, 30, 33,
34, 43, 46, 49, 50, 52, 53, 56, 62, 68, 69,
76, 79. Draw No 9977: 1, 17, 22, 25,
26, 27, 37, 41, 45, 51, 54, 56, 60, 69, 70,
71, 73, 75, 78, 79.
Dead cats hung on fences near town
A fourth person has been arrested in
relation to a robbery of an Ashburton
man who was later found dead.
A 46-year-old Ashburton man was
arrested yesterday and will appear in the
Timaru District Court today charged
with assaulting Arran Gairns with intent
He is the fourth person to be charged.
On Friday a 26-year-old Ashburton
man was remanded in custody facing
the same charges, while a 24-year-old
Ashburton man and a 26-year-old
Wellington woman have also been
charged with assault with intent to rob.
Mr Gairns, known as A J, was found
dead in a swampy industrial run-off
area behind a West Street commercial
premises last Sunday.
Police believe he was the victim of an
attempted robbery some time before
4am on Saturday, May 31.
A post-mortem examination held
on Tuesday indicated that Mr Gairns
drowned. — APNZ
Fourth robbery arrest
An investigation is under way after
a two-year-old girl nearly choked on
two rusty metal rings while eating a
Miceala Dally and her young family
were in Auckland visiting relatives and
were doing some shopping at the Sylvia
Park mall on April 24.
She took her daughter Isabella to
McDonald’s for a treat, getting the tot
a Happy Meal, but it turned out to be
anything but that.
“S he was just eating her cheeseburger
when all of a sudden we noticed her
coughing quite a lot.
“ I didn’t actually know what was
happening because she was coughing
so much. It was like she was choking
she wasn’t quite, but it was nearly at
that stage. It was more than a little bit
Eventually, Isabella coughed up what
looked like a hamburger pickle, but
closer examination revealed it was two
rusty metal rings stuck together.
“S he pulled these things out of her
mouth. She was like, ‘Aw yuck’. ”
Ms Dally approached the restaurant
manager to complain and was
unimpressed by the response.
“They weren’t very interested, they
didn’t really care for me, to be honest.
“ I said, ‘This is my two-year-old
daughter. It could have been much worse
— she could have choked’.”
The manager took her details and said
they would be in touch with the New
Plymouth family but Ms Dally said no
one contacted her.
After several frustrating calls to the
Sylvia Park branch, on May 13 Ms Dally
was called by McDonald’s head office
and told it was investigating and would
be in touch.
But nearly a month later, she is still
waiting to find out what caused the
“They didn’t even offer to give my
money back or to compensate my meal
not that I would want to eat there
now — but they were pretty slack about
it, really. ”
A McDonald’s spokesman said it
appeared the restaurant had followed
the correct procedure, completing an
incident report and bringing the foreign
object to head office for investigation.
“ McDonald’s takes any food safety
complaint very seriously. We have
policies and processes in place to carry
out a full investigation to establish how a
foreign object may become present.”
The investigation was ongoing.
“ We contacted the customer to update
them several weeks ago, and are awaiting
further detail before we provide a formal
“ We apologise to the customer for the
delay in the process, but will provide
them with a detailed summary of the
investigation as soon as we can.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
In a gruesome scene, several dead
cats have been found this week
draped over the rail guard and
fences near the main road leading
to Tapora, east of Kaipara Harbour,
disturbing the residents of the small
“It’s really horrible, it gave me and
my mum a real shock,” local Kim
Powley, 19, said.
“ We were driving on our way to
Tapora, and a small black cat was
hung over a guard rail. We were
shocked but assumed that maybe
someone hit it and put it there, so the
owners would know what happened
“ But about a kilometre from
entering Tapora, another cat, black
as well, was hung in the same way
from a farmer’s fence. This road is a
school bus route and these animals
were on display for all to see. We
were disgusted, as obviously it was
She said she had seen nine dead
cats since noticing the first ones on
Tuesday. They had all been hung up
along the main road heading into
Tapora, which is also the school bus
Ms Powley said the cats were not
collared, and that a lot of wild cats in
the area were shot.
“That does happen here, but
hanging them up on the fence for
everyone to see is not right. ”
She was so disturbed that she did
not want to take a closer look to see
how the cats had been killed.
“ I was too shocked after I saw one’s
eye hanging out. I couldn’t look at
them after that. Another had its
intestines stuck to the fence.”
She had not contacted police, but
said the community was upset by
what was happening.
“ It has caused a lot of disruption
in the community and rumour has it
that it is a local.
“ We just want it to stop.” — APNZ
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Act MP to resign on Friday
Horrified motorists rushed
to the aid of four seriously
injured people after two cars
collided head-on last night in the
southbound lane of Dunedin’s
Southern Motor way, near Green
Police say one of the vehicles
was being driven by an elderly
Balclutha woman in the wrong
direction in the southbound lane,
having entered the motor way at
the Abbotsford exit on Westland
Those first on the scene
reassured the injured and called
emergency ser vices.
Soon sirens could be heard
as fire appliances from Roslyn,
Lookout Point and Willowbank,
police and four ambulances plus
two paramedic vehicles, rushed
to the accident shortly before
Two people, one from each
vehicle, had to be cut from their
cars by the Fire Ser vice.
Four people — a male, female
and a five-year-old boy from one
family, and the elderly woman
from the other car — were
taken to D unedin Hospital by
ambulance with serious injuries.
The boy was in intensive
care last night while the adults
suffered broken bones.
Southern district command
centre deployment co-ordinator
senior sergeant Brian Benn said
it was believed the woman had
driven from Balclutha yesterday.
The people in the other car were
a family from Mosgiel.
Police closed the southbound
lanes of the motor way, diverting
traffic into Green Island.
Northbound traffic was not
Dunedin man Jonathan Kemp
was driving to Green Island to
pick up his son when he saw the
vehicle heading the wrong way
on to the southbound lane of the
He saw the driver ahead of him
make a phone call so continued
on, but coming back along
the motor way was shocked to
discover there had been a crash.
Other drivers last night
commented how they had seen
the driver going the wrong way.
Robert Allum said he was on his
way home when he saw the car
going slowly and he flashed his
lights at it.
“ I felt absolutely sick when
I saw the ambulance go over
Saddle Hill. ”
The accident occurred just
metres away from wherea brother
and sister were killed last month
in a single-car crash.
— Otago Daily Times
Four hur t in wrong way crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Fellow motorists help the occupants of two cars which collided head-on on the Southern Motorway
near Green Island last evening while they wait for emergency services to arrive.
Fraud suspect pair evade police for six years
New Zealand’s BMX golden girl
Sarah Walker was on the radar of a
conman — now wanted by police —
who was keen to manage the talented
Paul Bennett, 54, and wife
Simone Wright, 40, are at the
centre of a major police alert after a
Christchurch millionaire alleged the
couple emptied his bank accounts of
Police admit they have no idea
where the couple are but the pair have
evaded capture from New Zealand
authorities on serious charges for the
past six years.
Police and Customs will not say
how the two have managed to skip
between countries without raising
the suspicions of border officials.
The pair have smooth-talked their
way around the world, including into
the cockpit of the Hollywood A-lister
Russell Crowe’s private helicopter.
When police issued an alert in
2008, the couple were wanted on
charges including theft and serious
fraud in Australia and New Zealand,
and an alleged sex assault on a young
girl in Auckland.
The motocross community is also
fuming after allegedly losing around
$100,000 to the self-styled “team
After an absence of six years,
Morrinsville-born Bennett and his
television personality wife returned
to New Zealand with new identities,
selling Rolex watches on Trade Me
and brokering helicopter deals.
The Herald was told Bennett,
using another alias, tried to lure Ms
Walker into his management fold in
2008 when she was on the cusp of
Henderson, who shared an office
with Bennett for six months, said the
Olympian met Bennett to discuss a
potential management deal.
“This was in 2008 and she was
looking at the big picture.
“It fell over because he disappeared
suddenly in the dead of night with his
wife from his Northcote townhouse.”
Ms Walker could not be reached for
Mr Henderson claims some of the
sport’s elite lost tens of thousands of
dollars in fees paid to Bennett who
promised to secure positions in high
profile European teams, which never
“ It amazes me how the police have
never managed to pick him up. ”
Mr Henderson said many people
were highly embarrassed after
they were left out of pocket by the
manager they simply knew as “Paul”.
He understood Bennett and his
partner left New Zealand by sea.
For one wealthy businessman,
meeting the couple — who he knew as
Dave and Sarah Kite — has allegedly
left him substantially out of pocket.
The Christchurch businessman,
who does not want to be identified,
says he was swindled to the tune
of $400,000, including $100,000
in helicopter deals and another
income and an insurance payout,
which was allegedly fraudulently
The duped millionaire said: “ We
thought people were late payers,
which is a bit unusual and I always
thought the insurance was just being
Instead it is alleged Bennett opened
an account with the ASB Bank and
began trading as the businessman’s
ASB spokesman Christian May
confirmed the bank was involved in
a police investigation.
“ We are aware of this case which is
now in the hands of the police. We are
doing everything we can to assist the
police with their investigation but,
in the circumstances, we are unable
to make any further comment,” Mr
The businessman said the couple
used a high-end on-line watch store
to lure prospective wealthy targets.
He said Bennett came across as a
likeable, knowledgeable man and was
“ He talked himself up about flying
important people around. He’s a bit
of a name dropper and liked to talk
about flying important film stars and
Formula One racing drivers around
A Customs spokesperson said
people on legitimate passports were
able to move freely across borders
unless police placed an alert on their
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Paul James Bennett, right, who also goes by the name of David Kite or
Dennis Kite, and his wife Simone Anne Wright, also known as Sarah Kite.
A Labour-led government
would set up a special
Earthquake Court to speed
up insurance claims for
Cantabrians, and commit
funding for a share of the
$20 million bill to repair the
most flood-prone homes.
announcements in Christ-
church this morning, also put insurance
companies on notice, saying if the
industry did not work with the new
system in good faith, he would resort to
“alternative regulatory means” — but he
did not expand on what that might be.
Announcing the first tranche of the
party’s Canterbury policy, Mr Cunliffe
said the recovery had been “far too slow
and far too messy ”.
“Forty months after the February 2011
Christchurch earthquake, there are still
more than 10,000 insurance claims that
have not been settled.”
As of May, 9755 “over-cap” insurance
claims were still pending settlement.
There are a further 1508 claims where
people are undecided on their offers, and
1368 claimants who are yet to receive an
offer. EQC has a further 6273 claims yet
to be resolved.
preventing families from
moving on and clogging
up the courts, Mr Cunliffe
The Earthquake Court
would be a special division
of the Christchurch
District Court, and deal
with insurance claims of
up to $1m.
“Building on the experience of
the current Earthquake List, it will
streamline the process and cut through a
backlog of cases,” Mr Cunliffe said.
“ To reduce the burden on families
all costs, including lawyers’ costs and
witness fees, will be paid for by the
If the case is successful, the Crown
would recoup a proportion of costs from
insurance companies and EQC.
If the insurance industry obstructed
the new process, he would consider
“alternative regulatory means” to ensure
Mr Cunliffe also announced a
commitment to urgent work on flood-
vulnerable homes affected by the
EQC and Christchurch City Council
are seeking a High Court declaration
on whether EQC should pay for flood
mitigation and prevention work.
“ We will amend the law as needed to
make it clear that EQC must pay for
earthquake damage in the form of land
subsidence or other geological changes,”
Mr Cunliffe said.
“ We believe the government, through
EQC, must pay its share to help those
families and communities who, because
of the earthquakes, are now having to
deal with land that has sunk and the
subsequent flooding of their properties. ”
Labour would send army engineers to
help with the work, he said.
The cost of protecting the 500 most
flood-prone homes has been put at
$20m, which would be split between the
Government and local authorities.
Discussions with the Christchurch
City Council would determine how the
bill would be split.
Labour would also provide temporary
housing for those whose homes are
being worked on.
“ People in Canterbury should not
be shivering through a fourth winter
waiting to have broken homes fixed or
to receive settlements that would allow
them to move on with their lives.”
Quake court plan to shake up claims backlog
A plane has landed safely at
Christchurch Airport after emergency
ser vices were put on standby.
A pilot indicated to ground control
the plane may need support, an airport
However, the aircraft landed safely and
there was no issue, she said.
Travellers were assured it was an
“absolutely precautionary measure”.
The spokeswoman would not reveal the
airline involved. — APNZ
NZer killed in Syria
A New Zealander has been
killed while fighting in Syria
the first casualty from this
country in the civil war.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade (Mfat) said it is aware
of “unconfirmed reports” a New
Zealander had died fighting in
the Middle East country.
It did not say when the death
happened but confirmed the
Mfat refused to release any
further details, citing several
reasons including privacy and a
threat to national security.
The death was also mentioned
in a public statement by Syria’s
permanent representative in
New York, in which he referred
to “criminals, mercenaries” from
around the world.
“Thousands of innocent Syrians
got killed, thousands were
wounded, because of so-called
cross-border terrorists. They call
themselves roundly speaking
jihadists, they are not.
“For your information some of
the terrorists who got killed came
from Burkina Faso, some of them
came from New Zealand . . . this
is just to let you understand how
absurd the issue we are dealing
The death toll in the three-
year Syrian conflict has risen to
about 162,000, but this is the first
time a New Zealander has been
revealed as being among the
A spokesman for the New
Zealand-based Syrian Solidarity,
Ali Akil, argued the fighters were
not terrorists, but were helping
to depose the murderous Bashar
al-Assad regime. “If there is any
terrorism, it is the terrorism of
Assad and his associates,” he said.
Banning passports would not
stop New Zealanders from
travelling to Syria to take up
arms, he said.
Green Party foreign affairs
spokesman Kennedy Graham
said the Government had a duty
to clarify how the person died.
In February, Prime Minister
Government had cancelled the
passports of a “handful” of New
Zealanders wanting to travel to
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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