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Murder trial set
Two men accused of murdering
a Christchurch man who died in
hospital from serious burn injuries
will stand trial later this year. Shay
Barry Webster, 21, and Jason Alistor
Barr, 43, are charged with murdering
Terrance Martin Smith on Anzac
Day last year. A High Court official
at Christchurch official yesterday
confirmed a trial is now scheduled
to start on November 24. Smith, 55,
received burns to more than 30% of
his body during the incident. Barr, of
Waltham, and Webster, of Woolston,
had originally been jointly charged
with intent to cause grievous bodily
harm. Police upgraded the charges
to murder after Mr Smith died in
Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital
three weeks later. — APNZ
Crash injuries fatal
The young man whose vehicle
collided with a train on Northpark
Road, just north of Ashburton,
has died in hospital. Witnesses
reported hearing the driver of the
southbound freight train sounding
the horn repeatedly before it hit the
westbound truck at about 8.15am
on Monday. A rescue helicopter flew
the driver to Christchurch Hospital,
where he succumbed to his injuries
later on Monday. The train driver
was unhurt but badly shaken.
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
Dead cyclist named
A woman who was hit by a courier
van in Hamilton on Monday has
been identified by police. She was
53-year-old Hamilton woman
Margaret Mary Pouw. Inspector
Freda Grace said the crash was still
under investigation and the cause
was yet to be confirmed.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Kayaker waits off coast
A trans-Tasman kayaker
attempting to make landfall in New
Zealand is content bobbing in the
open ocean while he waits for wild
weather to abate. Taupo rescue pilot
John Funnell said last night kayaker
Scott Donaldson was 30km off the
coast of Taranaki, drifting to the
south-west. Mr Donaldson was
within sight of Mount Taranaki, but
poor weather halted his attempts to
make it to land, three months after
he set off on his journey. — APNZ
Dog kills seal
A seal has died after it was involved
in a fight with a dog at Castlecliff
Beach, Whanganui, on Sunday.
Department of Conservation staff are
urging beach visitors to be cautious
around the coastal area and keep dogs
on a leash. Conser vation partnerships
manager Jasmine Hessell said the dog
owner reported the incident to DOC
after she had tried to separate the
fighting animals and was bitten by the
seal. — APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
Numbers in Keno draw No 10036: 4,
20, 25, 32, 35, 40, 41, 45, 51, 56, 57, 62,
63, 64, 67, 69, 71, 72, 75, 80. Draw No
10037: 8, 10, 12, 24, 27, 28, 32, 34, 41,
42, 47, 50, 56, 58, 59, 68, 70, 71, 75, 77.
Poorest hit hardest by recession
About 11,000 homes are without
power across Auckland today as the
storm battering the region continues.
Almost 17,000 customers were cut off
from their electricity supply at the height
of the storm, Vector said.
The worst affected areas are in Te
Atatu, Helensville, Takanini, Waiheke
While Whenupai, Coatesville,
Helensville, Takanini, Whangaripo,
Waiwera, South Head, Muriwai, Tapora,
the Kaipara hills and Kaukapakapa are
also experiencing outages.
Trees, branches and debris were
responsible, Vector said, striking power
lines or bringing the lines down.
It warned people to stay away from
downed lines, and to report them.
In Northland, about 12,800 households
are without power following the storm.
Taipa, Pukenui and Russell are the
worst hit, Top Energy said, with 6850
homes without power in the three towns.
Motorists are being warned to expect
delays as surface flooding has blocked a
number of major roads in the north.
The storm has created difficult driving
conditions, and blockages across the road
network, police and the New Zealand
Transport Agency said this morning.
“ We are asking for the public to remain
careful and vigilant. Roading contractors,
local councils and the Fire Ser vice are
working hard to reopen the roads as
quickly as possible,” senior sergeant
Steve Dickson from the Northland
district command centre said.
The Fire Ser vice was dealing with up
to 20 calls per hour at the height of the
storm, Northland fire commander Allan
Kerrisk said. — APNZ
The wife of high-profile businessman
Sir Patrick Goodman had died in a crash
in New South Wales.
Hilary, Lady Goodman, 72, died on
Sunday when the car her husband
was driving crashed in the Southern
Highlands, the Sydney Morning Herald
Sir Patrick was injured in the crash.
Police said a Mercedes Benz crashed
into a parked car at Moss Vale and
Lady Goodman died at the scene, the
Sir Patrick, 86, who is on the New
Zealand rich list, suffered minor injuries
and was taken to Bowral Hospital.
He was discharged to another hospital
today, Bowral Hospital said.
The Goodman family, which controls
property here and in Australia, has an
estimated worth of just under $1 billion.
Sir Patrick set up Goodman Fielder
in the 1970s, but the Goodman Group
is now an international property
The family also owns the 2425ha Glen
Nevis Station at Lake Wakatipu.
The recession hit low-income
households hard, but their recovery
has been hampered by the fact they
have had no increase in their take-
home pay, the Council of Trade
The Government ’s latest household
incomes report said that from 2009
to mid-2013 the net gain for lower
income earners — pay rises set
against inflation — was close to zero.
But the top income groups scored a
net gain of around 5%.
“This takes no account of the fact
that GST hits low-income families
harder and that the cost of living for
low income families has risen faster
than for those on higher incomes,”
CTU economist Bill Rosenberg said.
“The cost of housing is taking a
deep toll. Housing stress — where
housing costs exceed 30% of
disposable income — is at its highest
levels in decades for all households,”
Opposition parties have accused
the Government of being in denial
over income inequality.
“The poorest half of New
Zealanders stayed the same while the
top 20%’s income rose by thousands,”
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei said.
David Parker, said the Government
was refusing to recognise income
inequality was a problem.
“National has repeatedly denied
most New Zealanders
understand — that the gap between
rich and poor is widening,” he said.
“The Government is in denial.
It ’s a collective head-in-the sand
Labour’s children’s spokeswoman,
Jacinda Ardern, said the sur vey
showed an increase in the number of
children living in severe poverty.
“ While there has been a small drop
in the number of children in poverty
overall, more than half of them,
135,000, are considered to be living
in severe poverty,” she said.
“That ’s the highest level this
century.” — NZN
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Aluminium High Grade
Forestry jobs in Hawke’s Bay are being
lost and more are on the line as log
Most logs exported from New Zealand
are destined for China but a price
correction after recent high prices has
many in the industry wondering how
low it will go.
Smaller operators are feeling the brunt
of the fall — larger operators such as Pan
Pac and Rayonier are still har vesting.
Rayonier managing director Paul
Nicholls said many smaller operations
had already shut down.
“ We haven’t got a good handle of how
many crews have closed around the
country, though we’re talking quite a
few,” he said.
Rayonier has 18,000ha of Hawke’s
Bay ’s 135,000ha forestry estate.
“O ur company hasn’t changed — we
can still sell everything we can produce
and we are still making cash, though not
“ We have scale on our side so we can
do that. But if you are a single woodlot
owner, depending on your location
and cost of har vesting, you may decide
to close your operation if you haven’t
already. Especially going into winter
when costs go up because of the weather.”
He said businesses had experienced
differing price drops since the strong
market peaked in March “but we have
seen about 15% to 20%”.
“ By the time it sorts itself out we think
there will be a 25% drop.”
Napier truck driver Andrew Northe
said forestry crews were being laid off by
log exporters “ left, right and centre”.
“ We haul out from farm lots and the
farmers have cancelled the har vesting
because they are getting low prices,” he
The main buyer of New Zealand logs,
China, was over-supplied.
“ We haul out for half a dozen forestry
crews and they have all been laid off,” he
“ It is not just those workers that are
being laid off, a ffi liated industries such
as mine are coming to a stop.
“ Even the guys at the port have had
their hours dropped back.
“ Pan Pac is different because they have
their own market, mainly going to Japan,
but the rest of us with wood going to
China have been told, ‘See you later’.”
He said he was grateful his employer
was actively looking for more work for
him, but until then he was being paid to
sit at home.
“ My boss rang me and said his advice
was to look for another job and if things
picked up in the future — we don’t know
when — he said he would like me to
consider coming back.
“There are not many jobs available, which
leaves me in a pretty sticky situation.”
New Zealand Institute of Forestry
(NZIF) councillor and Hawke’s Bay
forestry consultant Bob Pocknall
said talk of widespread layoffs was
“sc aremongering” because future
demand for people was assured.
“As an institute we place high emphasis
on retaining infrastructure for the future
and building on it,” he said.
“ It is well known we need to educate
and build our staff resources. ”
Mr Pocknall is chairman of the
organising committee for the NZIF
annual conference currently under
way in Napier. The conference was “an
outstanding success both from a regional
and national perspective”.
The industry was in a very good
position despite the log price correction,
he said. “All of the estate jobs will just
carry on. There will be a dent in returns
but we have to focus on the long-term
picture and that picture is still good.”
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Workers fear for future
Technology being developed
in Auckland will in future allow
New Zealanders to pay their bills
just by looking at them.
Mobile payment developer
Fiser v demonstrated its software
using Google Glass in Auckland
A voice command, three gentle
taps on the side of the device and
holding the bill up to the glasses
is all it takes to make a payment.
The technology was designed
and developed in Auckland as
part of the company ’s Mobiliti
platform — a mobile payment
system used by more than 1800
banks, including ANZ.
While Google Glass is not yet
available here, its debut on the
market is in the pipeline.
The model demonstrated today
is a prototype for developers and
hardcore technology lovers only.
The “consumer version” of
Google Glass, complete with
applications and a less intrusive
look, is set to be rolled out in
the United States and parts of
It ’s hoped New Zealand would
follow not long after wards.
Making payments with the
device has its attractions, but the
success of the technology hinges
on people feeling comfortable
wearing them, Kieran Waelen,
an analyst from Mcom, which is
owned by Fiser v, said.
“They don’t integrate well into
the face,” he said. “(But) the first
Blackberries weren’t used because
they were stylish.”
The current model retails at
$US1500, despite costing Google
$200 to make.
Once Google Glass was being
more widely used, the price would
drop, but bringing the technology
to the masses was very much a
work in progress, Mr Waelen said.
“ When the smart phone first
came out it had no apps. You
could call, text and check your
e-mails and that was it.”
Paying the bills in a blink
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Kieran Waelen wears Google Glass during a demonstration of how wearable technology will affect
What was meant to be the start of
a long-awaited family holiday turned
into every parent ’s nightmare.
Ashley McPherson, of Riverton,
vividly recalls the “horror moment ”
when he saw five-year-old daughter
Madison “ laying halfway out of the
car”, following a crash near Balclutha
on Monday morning.
Mr McPherson’s partner, Katrina
Peyton, was driving the family of four
towards Balclutha, on their way to
holiday in Christchurch, when she
hit black ice and lost control about
7am on Monday.
Police say the car rotated on “severe
black ice”, and another vehicle
collided with the back of the car.
“I just remember her waking me,
screaming and saying, ‘I lost control’,”
the father of two said yesterday.
“ We must have hit the gravel on the
other side of the road which tossed
us back around and then I saw the
headlights of the vehicle coming the
other way. ”
In the collision he lost his glasses
which left him “ basically blind”.
“ It was pitch black, I was blind. I
couldn’t see my wee girls, I couldn’t
get out the door. My partner was
talking to me but she was in and out
of consciousness — it was one of
those horror moments.”
The family was taken to hospital
in Balclutha. He and his three-year-
old daughter Katelyn were assessed
there, while Madison and Ms Peyton
were taken to D unedin Hospital by
“The last moment I said goodbye to
her I thought I might never see her
again,” he said, visibly upset.
“ When I left her she was still
covered in blood.”
He received a call to reassure him
his partner and daughter’s injuries
were not life threatening.
“That was just a big relief,” he said.
Madison received a large cut to her
forehead, tore her lip from her gum
and ruptured her spleen.
Katelyn had provided him strength
while he waited for news about the
rest of his family as she was “all
smiles”, he said.
The family’s dog, a poodle named
Bonnie, had escaped from the car
after the crash and was hit by another
“ It was another blow,” he said.
“That was our only car and we
lost the wee dog, which is quite sad
because she was the kids’ favourite.
She slept on the beds every night at
He had not told the children about
the pet as he was waiting for them to
be “in a better mood”.
The family had intended on
holidaying in Christchurch before
Christmas last year. Those plans,
however, had to be put on hold as he
broke his leg.
The family’s car only had third-
party insurance which did not cover
the cost of towing.
“ It ’s nearly $300 already so it’s just
another blow on top of everything,”
Mr McPherson said.
Madison and Ms Peyton were stable
in Dunedin Hospital last night.
— Otago Daily Times
Nightmare crash puts paid to holiday
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Ashley McPherson talks to his mother on the phone about the crash
which led to his partner and five-year-old daughter being taken to
A video of the Maori king’s son
has emerged showing him making
an expletive-laden rant.
A source within Waikato Tainui
confirmed the man in the video,
claiming to be a top kapa haka
leader, is Korotangi Paki — the
king’s middle child and younger son.
The video has already had close to
800 shares on Facebook and is likely
to be of further embarrassment to
Mr Paki’s father, King Tuheitia.
A tribal source believes the video
was likely taken about two years
ago, about the time when Paki was
with Te Wharekura o Rakaumanga
kapa haka side that competed at the
national secondary school school
championships in Whangarei.
The source said Mr Paki was
his school’s kaitataki tane (male
leader in a kapa haka group) but
was kicked out of the team for bad
behaviour while on the trip and
In the 25-second video, Mr Paki
says: “Rubbish ****, rubbish . . . I’m
the ****** man boy. I’ll ****** show
you how to lead a ****** roopu
(group) boy, I’ll ****** show you
what the **** is up ****. I’m the ******
kaitataki ****** tane (male leader) . . .
o te motu boy. I’m the ****** man, I’ll
show you what is ****** up ****.”
The 19-year-old has also been in
the firing line for posts he made on
his now-disabled Facebook page,
which were published on Radio
Next to one photo of a queue
of mostly Asian people, Mr Paki
wrote: “All these chingy eyed
Mr Paki last week escaped
conviction for theft and another of
drink-driving where he blew nearly
twice the adult limit, as a minor.
Judge Philipa Cunningham
granted him a conditional discharge
without conviction in the Auckland
District court. The decision created
a stir on-line with Facebook pages
calling for “justice”.
Crown Law has not yet made
a decision on whether to appeal
against the discharge without
conviction. — APNZ
Video shows Maori king’s son’s rant
The owners of four dogs which
attacked a seven-year-old Japanese
girl in Murupara have pleaded not
Charlotte Boyt, 31, and Gareth
Clive Boyt, 35, appeared in the
Rotorua District Court before a
registrar this morning. They face a
joint charge under section 58 of the
Dog Control Act of owning four
dogs that caused serious injury.
Lawyer Bill Lawson said pleas of
not guilty could now be entered,
after a decision that diversion was
no longer an option.
The pair were remanded at large
to reappear in the Rotorua District
Court on August 20 for a case
— APNZ-Rotorua Daily Post
Dogs’ owners deny attack charges
A Pahiatua man who doctors say will
never run again still has no recollection
of the accident that left him with
shattered bones from the knees down.
Nicholas Watson, 23, was sentenced
in the Palmerston North District Court
yesterday after being convicted of driving
without a license while prohibited and
careless use of a motor vehicle.
About 5.55pm on December 12, 2012,
Watson, accompanied by two passengers,
was driving on Castlepoint Beach in his
brother’s Honda Integra. He had no
licence but had finished work for the day
on a nearby shearing station and decided
to go for a swim.
After entering the busy lagoon, Watson
accelerated to speeds of between 60kph
and 80kph and began doing “snakeys”.
The car hit soft sand causing it to roll
three or four times. Watson was not
wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from
the vehicle, while his two passengers who
were wearing seatbelts, were unhurt.
The beach had an advisory speed
limit of 25kph. Watson was ordered to
pay $130 court costs for each charge
and disqualified from driving for nine
Outside court the once-avid rugby
and basketball player said he could not
remember the “ life changing” incident
or 12 hours prior. “I don’t actually
remember anything but as I look back
now I think what a dick. If I had of just
gone home instead of going for a swim.”
Watson was placed in a coma for eight
days after the accident and spent five
months in hospital. Four months was
spent in a wheelchair and now on crutches,
he is determined to walk on his own.
Now on ACC, Watson says he misses
being able to work as a shearer. “I was
supposed to be at the Golden Shears this
year. I’ll go back eventually but it will
never be the same.”
— APNZ-Manawatu Guardian
Injured driver disqualified
Christchurch Polytechnic is defending
its decision to demolish a building
dedicated to students killed in World
It has asked the Canterbury Earthquake
Recovery Authority to bring down the
hall, dedicated to 71 students who died
in World War One, to make way for a
$30 million engineering school, Radio
New Zealand reported today.
Heritage advocates protested yesterday
against the move to pull down the
80-year-old memorial hall.
The president of Historic Places
Aotearoa, Anna Crighton, said this is yet
another example of a building that is not
unsafe, but has to be demolished for new
But polytech spokesman Darren
Mitchell said the building had significant
earthquake damage and had not been
occupied since September 2011.
He said Christchurch RSA had been
consulted and plaques and honours
boards had been saved for a memorial
garden. — NZ N
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