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Parents are being urged to check
whether their children are among
thousands prescribed a liquid
antibiotic in which glass fragments
have been found in two bottles.
Pharmacists found the fragments
when preparing oral solution of the
Actavis brand of liquid amoxicillin
for supply to patients, the Ministry of
Health said yesterday. The ministry
says a recall by the medicine’s
supplier in consultation with the
Medsafe agency has been instigated
as “a precautionary measure”. It
urged anyone prescribed Actavis
amoxicillin liquid to stop using it and
contact their GP or pharmacist for
replacement. — APNZ
A 25-year-old climber is in a
critical condition after falling on
Ruapehu and sliding 300m. The
man was climbing with a group
on Pinnacle Ridge, Whakapapa,
yesterday morning when he slid
in an area known as Grand Gully
and suffered serious head injuries.
He was flown to Waikato Hospital
by helicopter where he was being
treated by a trauma team. At the
same time a female member of the
climbing party became stuck on the
Pinnacles and had to be rescued by
helicopter, police said. The 23-year-
old woman was uninjured. — NZ N
Logging truck crashes
A loaded logging truck crashed in
Waikato today, resulting in logs on
the road, but no injuries to the driver.
Central police communications
shift Inspector Chris Tate said the
second trailer of a truck and trailer
unit rolled about 5.45am on State
highway 3 near Awakino. No other
vehicles were involved. The road
was down to one lane as logs were
cleared. The road was reopened fully
by 8.30am. — APNZ
Cyclist hit by car
A male cyclist has been taken to
hospital after being hit by a car in
Christchurch city this morning. The
crash occurred at the intersection of
Hay Street and Linwood Avenue
about 6.20am, when the 28-year-
old cyclist was knocked off his bike,
a police spokesman said. The man
was taken to Christchurch Hospital
“conscious and breathing”. No other
details were available. — APNZ
Dead commando named
The Australian Department of
Defence has named a special forces
soldier who fell to his death on
Aoraki-Mount Cook on Wednesday.
He was sergeant Gary Francis, 44,
a father of two and a member of
the Sydney-based 2nd Commando
Regiment. He died during mountain
and cold weather training on the
mountain’s Grand Plateau when
ice gave way and he fell into a deep
crevasse. — APNZ
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Supermarkets offer $1 loaves in bread war
Sixty short-term jobs are
expected when Silverstream
reopens next month for the
processing of bobby calves.
However, the New Zealand
Meat Workers’ Union said the
short-term work would provide
little comfort to those left out
of work when Silver Fern Farms
elected not to open the Mosgiel
processing plant for the lamb cut
season late last year.
Following the decision not to
open, about 70 of the 160 to 180
meat workers employed at the
plant took up an offer of work at
Finegand, leaving the rest with
uncertainty over their future with
Silver Fern Farms chief
confirmed yesterday it was
planning to reopen the Mosgiel
meatworks early next month.
“ We have 60 roles for the
four to six week bobby season.
Recruitment is still in swing
and we have no final figures on
(numbers of ) applicants,” Mr
were “available and who meet
the criteria for the type of
work involved” would be the
first selected for the bobby calf
The reopening comes as a
dispute between Silver Fern
Farms and NZMW over
“ We have made it clear that
if existing staff are unable to
take up the work on calves, they
will in no way jeopardise their
employment status or seniority,”
Mr Cooper said.
NZMW Otago Southland
branch president Daryl Carran
said it was important to put the
new work into perspective, as
when surplus bobby calves were
processed at the plant two years
ago it only took 11 days.
“It’s a very, very short period of
time and then followed by further
The union was still pursuing
redundancies for workers, who
did not receive them when the
plant failed to open late last year,
and was taking its fight to court.
“ We don’t accept that they can
park workers and their families
up for a year without (letting
them know) where they stand.”
Mr Cooper could not comment
on the chances of Silverstream
reopening for good.
— Otago Daily Times
Little comfort in
short-term jobs — union
Labour is vowing to support the
regions following the publication
of a report which says councils
could be forced to abandon
The Royal Society of New
Zealand report, based on census
data, says decisions could include
funding cuts for roads, schools
and medical ser vices.
Some communities might
have to be abandoned, similar
to the “red zoning” of parts
of Christchurch after the
“In some rural areas, roads are
already too costly for locals to
maintain, even though they are
essential,” the report says.
Last year’s census showed about
a third of councils had shrinking
One in five had more people
aged over 65 than children.
Deaths exceeded births in the
Coast, Horowhenua, and Timaru
districts for the three years to
That is despite New Zealand’s
relatively high fertility rate in
comparison with other developed
Labour’s finance spokesman,
David Parker, said no region
would be “red zoned” if his party
wins the election.
“ Labour won’t abandon the
regions, we will help them
succeed,” he said today.
“ Labour’s policies will support
industry and boost growth to
create jobs and opportunities in
the regions. ”
Mr Parker said the Royal
Society, NZIER and Infometrics
have all warned of regional
“ Labour has long warned of
the two-speed economy with the
gaps between regions widening,”
stagnating and industries such
as manufacturing and forestry
are nowhere near reaching their
potential.” — NZN
Labour vows to
back the regions
Supermarkets are set to drop the
cost of bread.The bread wars have
New Zealand’s major supermarket
chains are offering super-cheap
From today, Countdown shoppers
will be able to buy a loaf of
Homebrand bread for $1. Yesterday,
a shopper would have paid $1.48.
The “price lockdown” has been
matched by competitor New World,
which has advertised its Budget
bread, 600g loaf for $1.
A Pak ‘n Save e-mail to customers
promised sliced bread for “under
All chains have limits —
Countdown customers can buy four
loaves at a time, New World and Pak
‘n Save shoppers five.
According to the fine print in a
New World advertisement, their
discount price is valid until Sunday.
Countdown managing director
Dave Chambers said last night the
supermarket hoped to keep its $1
price for as long as possible.
“We can’t set a date on it. Our
ambition is to hold it as long as we
Factors such as an increase in
the price of wheat could affect the
newly-reduced price, he said.
The $1 loaves were part of
programme which was initiated in
More than 430 grocery items
had dropped in price as part of the
programme, the supermarket said in
Mr Chambers said the company
had “no idea” New World planned
to drop the price of its Budget bread
“ It ’s a competitive market. I’ve
really got no idea of what their plans
are. We’ve been planning this for a
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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The police will meet members of a
Taranaki marae over police officers
entering a marae in Stratford, waking
25 children and questioning them about
an assault, Radio New Zealand reported
Police were hunting for a person in
relation to an attack on a 61-year old man
when they entered the Whakaahurangi
marae at 2.30am last Saturday.
Youth leader Maioha Tokotaua said
children taking part in a school holiday
programme were woken and asked to
stand against a wall with their hands out.
Some were also photographed.
Three were children — aged as young
as four — and the rest were teens. They
were left frightened and upset, he said.
Mr Tokotaua said although they would
never harbour anyone running from the
law, and would always help police, the
marae would not tolerate the police or
anyone else disrespecting or dismissing
the tikanga of the pa.
A complaint had been made to the
Independent Police Conduct Authority,
and marae elders wanted an apology
from police and the matter to be dealt
Inspector Ross Grantham said police
would meet members of the marae on
the matter on Monday, Radio NZ said.
However, he said officers had
permission to talk to the children on
the night and that he was satisfied they
had good reason to go on to the marae.
However, he admitted he did not have
the full details.
“So once I have the full details, and the
accuracy of them, again I’ll be talking
with the marae representatives and we’ ll
sort it out,” Mr Grantham said.
“I ’d like to speak to with representatives
of the marae and the whanau and work
out exactly what their complaints are.
“I ’m really keen to keep the relationship
with the marae. I’m really keen to resolve
this, and I’m sure that we can resolve it.”
The constables had acted as they
thought they should at the time, Mr
“Just because no arrests were made, it
doesn’t mean things have gone wrong.
“ We make inquiries all the time
where we don’t arrest anybody, and
that ’s the whole purpose of conducting
investigations.” — NZN
Martin Phillipps is ditching
Dunedin’s nights of chill blue and
heading to the sunshine of Europe.
For the first time in almost two
decades, cult Dunedin band The
Chills is touring the United Kingdom
“I think it was 1996 that we last
toured (Europe) properly, so it’s been
a long time,” frontman Phillipps said
Phillips and his band mates —
bassist James Dickson, drummer Todd
Knudson, violinist Erica Sally and
keyboardist Oli Wilson — left New
Zealand this morning for a nine-
date tour in support of the band’s
new album Silver Bullets, which is
scheduled to be released next year.
“ I really am (looking for ward to the
tour),” Phillipps said.
“ It ’s been quite weird over the last
few years because we were essentially
treading water, doing just a few shows
each year. But now this new record
label (Fire Records) and opportunity
to go overseas has finally showed up
and it’s lifted our whole game.
“There’s finally a reason for us to
focus and move for ward.”
The 51-year-old said the tour also
provided an opportunity to present
new material. The tour begins on July
23 in Leeds and concludes on August
2 with a show played as part of the
Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
— Otago Daily Times
Chills off to Europe for tour in the sun
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
The Chills frontman Martin Phillipps is set to tour Europe with the group
for the first time in 18 years.
The 3D printing revolution is moving
out of the future and into New Zealand
homes as new models appear in shops
and costs fall below $1000.
Comworth Technologies is one
distributor offering a plug-and-play
model called the Da Vinci, which will
set the buyer back $899, with 600g
plastic ink cartridges costing $45.
The printer connects to a computer via
a USB cable and users can download
software and import 3D modelling files
to create plastic objects.
During a test run in the Herald
newsroom this week the printer could
be heard whirring away creating, as if by
magic, a small toy elephant.
The model has been on sale for
about a month and is stocked in stores
including Office Max and Office
Product Depot. It is designed for
schools, small-scale manufacturers and
Massey High School teacher Lee
Dainty said 3D printing was a great
way to teach students about the design
Mr Dainty asked his students to
design their own 3D files and create
models that they could then critique and
Retailers such as Noel Leeming and
Ricoh are also selling 3D printers, with
costs ranging from $1999 to $4899. Noel
Leeming said they had been available
for about three months.
Noel Leeming sales consultant Patricia
Baident said the product had been slow
to take off but was generating a lot of
“ We’ve only had them in store for
about half a year but we have a lot of
people interested in them and how they
work,” she said.
But New Zealand seems slightly
behind on the 3D printing craze.
A Chinese firm, Win Sun Decoration
Design Engineering, has reportedly
printed 10 3D houses in just 24
hours, with construction of the small
dwellings costing the company under
China has already announced plans
to start its first 3D housing project in
Qingdao, a city of nearly nine million in
Shandong Province, eastern China.
3D printing has also dramatically cut
the cost of producing prosthetic limbs.
Usually one would cost at least $7000
but Washington University biomedical
engineering students made one on a 3D
printer for about $230.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A Balclutha man with 70 prior
convictions for dishonesty has
been jailed for two years for “cold,
calculated and callous” offending
against his mother.
In June last year, Gareth
changed the ownership of his
mother’s 2011 Kia Cerrato car to
his name so he could use the car
as collateral for a loan.
A month later, he forged a letter
in his mother’s name, confirming
the ownership change, sent a
copy of his mother’s driver’s
licence to Avanti Finance and
impersonated her when the
company telephoned to further
confirm the transfer.
The company approved a loan
of $16,000 to the defendant.
But Thomson could not
maintain his payments when
anticipated employment did not
happen and the loan went into
The first his mother knew about
what had happened was when
a repossession agent arrived to
claim the car last December. She
had to pay $4306 to stop it being
Thomson was sentenced in
the D unedin District Court
yesterday by Judge Stephen
Coyle, who said the defendant ’s
dishonesty had involved ongoing
and repetitive deception of the
finance company in providing
misleading information through
the falsified letter and the phone
call when he pretended to be his
“It was cold and calculated
offending — and callous, in that
it was offending against your
mother,” the judge said.
Thomson was also described
by Judge Coyle as “a recidivist
drink-driver”, being for sentence
on his sixth drink-driving
Given the premeditation, the
breach of trust and that the
offending was against his mother
“something that clearly galls
her” — Thomson was sentenced
to 18 months’ jail on the charge
of obtaining the $16,000 loan by
deception. He was also ordered
to pay $4306 reparation to his
An extra six months’ jail was
added for the drink-driving
conviction on which Thomson
was also disqualified for 18
months and will be subject to the
zero alcohol licence provisions.
For driving while forbidden, he
was convicted and discharged.
— Otago Daily Times
3D printing becomes NZ reality
Jail for using mother’s
car as loan collateral
Peters demands Cook
Strait ferry inquiry
demanding a ministerial
inquiry into Kiwi Rail’s
Cook Strait ferries.
The NZ First leader said
Kiwi Rail should cut its
losses, scrap the Aratere
and buy a new ship.
“The ferry debacle has
gone on long enough, it’s
time for a full ministerial
inquiry,” he said.
“ Kiwi Rail is burning
Mr Peters’s call for an
inquiry follows news that the problem-
plagued Aratere is sailing too slowly.
That was because new propellers fitted
in Singapore were smaller than the old
Some crossings are being cancelled as
the company looks for solutions, but the
propellers cannot be changed until next
The Aratere was purpose-built for
New Zealand in a Spanish shipyard
and was dubbed “El Lemon” after
when it entered ser vice in
In 2011 a new 30m mid-
body, bow and propellers
were fitted at a cost of
about $54 million.
The new propellers were
more efficient but one of
them fell off last November
and the ship was sent to
Singapore for repairs.
Mr Peters is blaming
Transport Minister Gerry
Brownlee for allowing the
Aratere’s problems and
repair bills to mount.
“The ship is not reliable enough to
be ser vicing the important sea link for
freight and passengers between the
North and South Islands,” he said.
Mr Peters said Mr Brownlee’s
performance should be part of the
“ If he doesn’t step up now we can only
guess that the government is setting
Kiwi Rail up to fail, so it can flog it off
the private enterprise.” — NZN
A search will continue today for a
truck driver who has been missing
since his vehicle crashed off a bank
south of Kaikoura early on Wednesday.
The truck he was driving crashed
off the road on the Hundalee Hill on
State highway 1 south of Kaikoura
about 5.30am on Wednesday.
Rescue teams have abseiled and
been winched down the 25m bank by
helicopter and an infrared camera has
also been used in the search, however
the driver is yet to be located.
The extremely damaged truck and
trailer unit were lifted up and out
of the ravine with the use of a crane
yesterday, police said.
Police said it was possible the man’s
body could have been trapped under
the cab, but it had since been moved
and there was no sign of the driver, a
police spokesman said yesterday.
Search teams described the terrain as
challenging and the search had been
suspended until first light today. The
next phase would involve clearing
the debris and freight for searchers to
recommence the hunt, police said.
Search continues for driver
Fire Ser vice vehicles at the scene of the crash, near Kaikoura.
A hardline law and order policy by
New Zealand First would offer greater
protection to homeowners, farmers and
shop keepers who shoot to kill intruders
during home invasions or burglaries.
Along with a 40-year mandatory
non-parole sentence for premeditated
murder, NZ First wants the Crimes Act
amended to give certainty over the use of
“reasonable force” for self-defence.
Ahead of the party’s annual convention
this weekend, law and order spokesman
Richard Prosser said the policy was a
response to a string of incidents that had
seen farmers and shopkeepers in court
over their use of firearms or even hockey
sticks against would-be robbers.
Mr Prosser said so-called “castle
doctrine” laws in some American States,
which saw Texan Joe Horn acquitted
after his 2007 fatal shooting of two men
who had burgled his neighbour’s home,
were “so over the top that it wouldn’t be
something that I think anyone in New
Zealand would give consideration to”.
“ But what I do think people have a
desire for is the ability to actually defend
themselves and their families in their
Mr Prosser wants a regime based
on that introduced in Ireland in 2011
following controversy over the 2004
shooting of an Irish traveller by a farmer.
NZ First ’s proposal would allow for
homeowners to use “any firearm that
is lawfully available to that person” to
But it would not provide legal
justification for people to obtain and
keep a gun for self-defence.
Mr Prosser said his proposed law would
not allow dairy owners, for example, to
keep a shotgun under the counter.
Northland farmer Paul McIntyre was
tried and eventually acquitted of charges
stemming from his 2002 shooting of
one of three men trying to steal his farm
He said current laws already provided
legal protection in cases like his own.
“ It just depends on how good your
defence in court is.”
However, if the law moved too far in
giving legal protection to use deadly
force, “people are going to go out and
start attacking their neighbours, aren’t
“It’s going to open up a whole new can
NZ First Leader Winston Peters
said that although people such as Mr
McIntyre had not been convicted for
using firearms to protect themselves
or their property, “what they got was a
massive legal bill for trying to defend
their rights and I think that is appalling”.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
NZ First’s shoot-to-kill law
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