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Waterfall plunge fatal
A man from the Czech Republic
is dead after he went over a raging
Whangarei waterfall in a kayak during
torrential conditions on Saturday.
Ladislav Svarc, 29, was with three
others, one from Whangarei and two
from Auckland, when they went over
the 5m falls on the Wairoa River, off
Puketitoi Road, about 25km west
of Whangarei about 1.30pm. His
colleagues were unable to revive him.
— APNZ-Northern Advocate
A person died after a motorcycle
crash north of Auckland on Saturday.
Police said the crash on State
highway 16 at Waimauku occurred
when the motorcyclist failed to take a
bend and hit a power pole. — APNZ
Truckie’s body recovered
A truck driver is thought to have
been on the phone the moment his
vehicle plunged down a cliff near
Kaikoura, his brother said. Searchers
have recovered the body of Stuart
James Barnes, 59, whose fully-laden
50-tonne truck crashed some 25m
off a bank on the Hundalee Hill on
State highway 1 early on Wednesday
morning. His older brother Mervyn
Barnes, 61, said his son, Nigel, also a
truck driver, was following “Stuey ” just
prior to the accident. Nigel reported
Stuart had been driving erratically and
at one point nearly came to a stop.
Soon after Stuart pulled over and
Nigel called him on his hands-free
cellphone. The two were talking when
the phone went dead.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A 48-year-old woman will face
court after another woman alleged
she had had a gun presented to her in
Christchurch yesterday. Police were
called to Richmond 1.20pm for what
they described as a domestic incident.
The armed offenders squad attended
and two people were taken into
custody. A gun was found. — APNZ
Two share Lotto
Lotto players from Wellington and
Bay of Plenty each took out a
$1.5 million share of Lotto First
Division in draw No 1415 on
Saturday night. Successful numbers
were 6, 8, 11, 16, 29, 33; bonus 28.
Strike numbers were 16, 33, 8, 29.
Ticketholders from Hamilton and
Tauranga collected the Strike Four
prize of $309,214 each. Powerball
number 7. Powerball was not struck
and has now jackpotted to $10
million. This week’s Winning Wheel
ticket was sold in Christchurch. The
winner from Auckland spun for
$100,000 plus a $25,000 shopping
spree with the Winning Wheel.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10058:
46, 47, 49, 50, 51, 55, 59, 75. Draw No
10059: 1, 3, 4, 8, 14, 18, 22, 25, 26, 29,
35, 36, 44, 62, 63, 65, 66, 71, 73, 76.
Draw No 10060: 6, 11, 14, 16, 17, 19,
21, 25, 28, 31, 38, 42, 44, 46, 47, 55, 62,
69, 71, 79. Draw No 10061: 2, 11, 15,
18, 21, 25, 26, 33, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45,
47, 50, 57, 70, 73, 80.
Attack upsets ‘recharged’ Cunliffe
A freezing blast will make its way up
the country today bringing snow to low
levels and more rain to the sodden top of
the country, Metser vice warns.
This afternoon a cold southerly
push will move up the South Island,
meteorologist Hannah Moes said.
“That will bring snow to low levels
in Southland and will fall on Banks
Peninsula during the day and possibly
some sleety showers in Christchurch.”
Snow could fall to about 100m to
200m. — APNZ
Cold snap on way
A small sinkhole has opened up in
central Wellington after a water main
burst early today.
The northbound lane on Jer vois Q uay
near Hunter Street has closed with
flooding from incident, which happened
about 6.15am, Inspector Dave Rose from
central police communications said.
“It has undermined some of the
footpath and road lane there.
“The council are on the scene and
they ’re obviously going to have to do a
little bit of work to isolate the pipe and
reinstate the ground works. ”
The ASB building also suffered
flooding, Mr Rose said.
Motorists were asked use alternative
It would be “some time” before initial
repairs would be made, he said.
Wellington City Council spokesman
Clayton Anderson said the incident
meant surrounding offices could be
without water until about 3pm.
Council contractors had isolated the
problem, which was thought to be a pipe
that was laid about the year 1900, and
had cordoned off an area from Hunter
Street to Willeston Street.
Due to the location, it was likely to take
at least half the day, possibly into mid-
afternoon, before ser vice was restored,
Mr Anderson said.
Drivers were also urged to use caution
as there was a great deal of silt on the
road. — APNZ
David Cunliffe says his Queenstown
ski holiday has left him “recharged”
and ready to take the battle to Prime
Minister John Key in the two-month
countdown to election day.
But the Labour leader threatens to be
distracted by internal ill-discipline and
criticisms over his judgment, including
the holiday itself and a meeting last
week with a prominent New Zealander
given name suppression on charges of
performing an indecent act.
Mr Cunliffe confirmed last night
that he had arranged for the person
whose case has been the topic of
media coverage — to meet a Labour
candidate but said he had no idea
about the controversial background
“If I had known of the suggestion,
no such meeting would have taken
Mr Cunliffe spent three days last
week on holiday in Queenstown then
two days campaigning in other parts
of the country.
One of his MPs broke ranks to
condemn the holiday anonymously in
the Sunday Star Times.
The holiday issue was also raised
when the Labour front bench met in
Auckland yesterday — a long-planned
meeting, Mr Cunliffe said — “ but it
wasn’t a key feature of discussion”.
However, he was clearly upset by the
“I think it is very sad whoever has
talked to a newspaper without the
integrity to put their name to it, and
if anybody has any concerns, my
clear expectation is they will come to
me privately rather than talk to the
media,” Mr Cunliffe said.
“ We are a collective and we owe it
to the party and to New Zealanders
to operate collectively, to bring Kiwis
the opportunity that they deser ve for
a better start, more opportunities for
them and their families. ”
Mr Cunliffe said the claim he had a
week off was wrong anyway.
“The facts are I had two days in bed
with flu. I had three days at a skifield
with my children and wife.
“I was encouraged to do so to recharge
the batteries before the campaign and
crucial debates and acknowledging
that my family won’t be seeing much
of me for the next nine weeks.
“That was a decision that was made
in good faith at the time. It has left
me with batteries recharged and ready
to run. I am very, very keen to run.”
Mr Cunliffe said no colleague had
suggested to him he should step down
and he had no plans to do so.
Mr Key emerged in public yesterday,
defending his own 10-day break in his
Hawaii holiday home and pointing to
He said he worked 19-hour days
and election campaigns required a
different type of intensity.
He said the outburst by the Labour
MP in the Sunday paper delivered a
pretty simple message.
“If you can’t manage yourself, you
can’t manage the country.”
Commenting on the polls, which
consistently show Labour falling to
around the mid-20s, Mr Key said
Labour was not the risk to National;
the combination of Labour, Greens,
Internet Mana and potentially New
Zealand First was. He believed it
would still be a close election.
The weekend’s Herald-Digipoll
results showed Labour falling by four
points to 26.5%, the lowest the party
has polled in any Digipoll sur vey
The weekend poll has National on
54.9% (up 4.5 points since June) and
the Greens on 9.9% (down 0.8).
The poll of 750 decided voters
was taken between July 10 and 17.
Undecided voters were 11.5%. The
poll has a margin of error of 3.6%.
Prime Minister John Key said
he would “almost certainly” make
an announcement about possible
coalition partners next week.
“People do understand under MMP
there most likely will have to be a
combination of different parties, I
think there’s a way of having maturity
“But what those combinations are
and how they are all made up, largely
that will be up to the voters, but
certainly we can give indications.”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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A kindergarten has been
destroyed in a suspicious fire in
Paeroa on Saturday night.
Fire crews were called to
Central Kids Kindergarten on
Arney Street in the Waikato
town about 9.45pm, northern fire
communications shift manager
Steve Smith said. “ They got there
and the place was well involved.”
The kindergarten’s c lassroom
was severely damaged by the
blaze, Mr Smith said.
A fire safety officer was
investigating the blaze, which was
being treated as suspicious.
Suspicious fire destroys kindergar ten
The Central Kids Kindergarten, on Arney Street in Paeroa, after the fire on Saturday night.
Shock, grief after pair killed at pawn shop
A woman believed to be the
wife of a slain pawn shop owner
broke down with emotion
after visiting the Auckland site
Flowers have been left outside
the Ezy Cash loan store on Great
South Road, Takanini, after the
killing of its owner, 69-year-old
Paul Fanning, and employee Paul
Nick Hubbard, 20, who lives
across the road from the store
with his family, said a woman
he believed to be Mr Fanning’s
wife had visited the store since
Mr Hubbard said his mother,
Donna, comforted the woman
after she became hysterical.
“S he was there crying and she
fell to her knees. Mum went over
to help . . . It’s shocking, so close
Mr Hubbard said Mr Fanning
was a well-known and popular
member of the community and
could regularly be seen in front
of his store.
Police were called to the store
at 1.10pm on Saturday after a
panic alarm was activated. They
found the two dead men at the
back of the premises.
Lynch said police had also found
an “item of interest ”.
He would not say exactly what
the item was, but said it was a
“sharp object ”.
Police would not reveal how
the pair were killed, but said they
A man and a woman were
believed to have been seen
leaving the premises just before
police arrived. The woman,
who was believed to have been
driving the getaway vehicle, was
being treated as a witness and
was helping police with their
investigation, Mr Lynch said.
The arrested man was captured
in Huntly about midnight.
Police still did not know if
anything was taken from the
shop, but there was no indication
the incident was part of a
robbery. The woman knew both
the victims, but it was not yet
known if her partner knew them
as well, Mr Lynch said.
He would not comment on
why the woman was not facing
Police are not looking for
anybody else in connection to
But Mr Lynch said they did
want more help from the public
about the Mitsubishi driven by
the pair in order to establish the
route they took to Huntly.
The car was believed to have
travelled from Takanini to
Avondale, possibly stopping at
the Avondale Racecourse, and
then on to Papakura and Huntly,
Mr Lynch said.
In Auckland it had a large “for
sale” sticker on the rear window,
which was gone by the time it
Police were also looking
for a brown Dickies hooded
top which might have been
discarded near the racecourse,
he said. The top was likely to
have visible blood on it and
should not be touched.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A man accused of murdering two pawn
shop workers in south Auckland over the
weekend has appeared in court.
The 25-year-old appeared in the Papakura
District Court charged with the murder of
owner Paul Fanning, 69, and his employee
Paul Matthews, 47.
They were killed at the Ezy Cash loan store
in Takanini on Saturday.
The accused, who stood in the dock dressed
in a dark t-shirt with a white logo and dark
trousers, with numerous tattoos showing, was
supported in court by his partner, parents and
extended family members.
He was granted interim name suppression
until 4pm in order for extended family to be
The public gallery at Papakura District
Court was packed to capacity with family
members of both the accused and the victims.
Many were visibly upset, and wiped tears
from their eyes. Others hugged each over
in support. D uring the sitting one woman
shouted out, calling the accused “scum”.
The man was remanded in custody until
August. — APNZ
Murder accused remanded to next month
Dotcom puts prize
journo on spy probe
he has enlisted heavy-
hitting journalist Glenn
Greenwald, who blew
open secrets about mass
spying by the United States
Government, to help
embarrass Prime Minister
John Key immediately
before the election.
Mr Greenwald will travel
to New Zealand for an
event at the Auckland
Town Hall on September
15, when the Internet Party founder says
that he will release information which
is highly damaging for Mr Key and the
The general election is five days later.
Mr Greenwald, a Pulitzer Prize-
winning reporter from the United States,
used classified documents disclosed by
National Security Agency whistleblower
Edward Snowden to reveal the scale of
mass sur veillance by American spies last
He has access to a trove of classified
information on global sur veillance and
the Five Eyes Network, of which New
Zealand is a member.
Mr Dotcom told reporters yesterday
that he would show that Mr Key knew
about him before the police raids on his
Coatesville home in 2012 — contrary to
the PM’s public statements.
With assistance from Mr Greenwald
and possibly other guests, he said, he
would also reveal sensitive information
about New Zealand spying agencies’ role
in global sur veillance.
Mr Key said he was not
losing sleep about Mr
Dotcom’s “stunt ”.
“If he seriously has some
should feel free to put that
in the public domain and
I’ll be more than happy to
put my side of events. ”
Internet Party boss was an
attention-seeker and had
been watching too much of
the television show House
Mr Dotcom made his comments to
about 300 supporters at the Internet-
Mana party’s gathering in a packed
Kelston Community Centre.
The party’s candidates emphasised
Internet Mana’s activist roots, with
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and
Mr Dotcom speaking proudly of their
brushes with the law.
Mr Harawira said he was “ blown away ”
that he was the only politician who had
been arrested while a sitting MP since
“ Why are we electing people to
Parliament who haven’t got the
courage to stand up for the things that
The most recent Herald-Digipoll
sur vey, published today, shows Internet
Mana’s support has risen to 2.2%, which
would get it three MPs in Parliament
if Mr Harawira retained his Te Tai
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
A New Zealand diplomat from
Moscow has been sent to Kiev to monitor
an investigation into the Malaysia Air
disaster, Prime Minister John Key says.
Yesterday he said the Government had
called on Russian President Vladimir
Putin to show leadership over the crisis.
World leaders had also called on Mr
Putin to force Ukrainian rebels to allow
access by independent investigators to
the crash site.
Mr Key told Radio New Zealand
today he was “disgusted, horrified and
deeply concerned” for the families of the
victims of flight MH17, which was shot
down over the Ukraine on Friday.
“This is a commercial airliner that has
been shot down at 33,000 feet, 298 lives
have been claimed and families have
been ripped apart.
“At a very basic minimum those families
deser ve a thorough investigation that
can’t take place when essentially rebels
aren’t giving free access to the corridor
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade had today told Mr Key access was
still being restricted.
New Zealand would be represented in
Ukraine during the crisis, he said.
“ We have sent our consulate, from
Moscow I think, over to Kiev, so there’s
someone there already.
“Certainly we’re continuing to monitor
everything that ’s going on. ”
Mr Key said he was concerned that days
had gone by, the site was unprotected
and only 198 bodies had been removed.
“How can you have a proper and
thorough investigation when you’ve got
a crime scene that has got free access to
rebels and anybody else?” — APNZ
(Further stories, p6)
NZ envoy keeping eye
on air disaster probe
New Zealand First would take
GST off basic food items and rates
bills and would target tax dodgers to
fund the expensive policies, leader
Winston Peters said yesterday.
But both proposals have
already been tagged as difficult to
NZ First ’s August 10 campaign
launch is still three weeks away but
Mr Peters used his 21st anniversary
speech to party
members in Auckland to unveil the
His own address, and those of
guest speakers, focused on growing
inequality and he said the two
measures would act as a “circuit
breaker” to tackle that.
In a supercharged version of the
previous Maori Party and Labour
policy to make fresh fruit and
vegetables GST-free, Mr Peters
said NZ First would remove the tax
from “all the basics of the household
food budget ”.
The move would not include soft
drinks, snacks and luxury foods.
“ We don’t think highly-sugared
and bad-for-you fizzy drinks are
something we should be supporting.”
While Labour’s policy, abandoned
months ago, would have cost
$250 million a year, Mr Peters
said his policy would save New
Zealanders but cost the Crown
a whopping $3 billion a year or
“This bold policy aims at the heart
of the inequality undermining our
Also “as part of a fair system” NZ
First would remove GST from
rates on residential property.
“This tax-on -a-tax deceit has
to end, and it will,” Mr Peters
told about 150 party faithful at
He did not provide details on how
much that policy would cost, but
with local authorities raising more
than $7b a year in rates, the Crown
would lose hundreds of millions of
dollars in revenue.
However, in an echo of Labour’s
plan to fund its big-ticket items, Mr
Peters said the policies would be
funded through “a clampdown on
tax evasion and the black economy”
which he estimated was worth $7b
He provided little detail on which
areas of tax avoidance the Crown
would target other than cash jobs
However, he referred to his record
in taking on tax dodgers, including
his crusade over the “ Winebox” tax
dodge more than two decades ago.
director Jordan Williams said he
welcomed Mr Peters’ recognition
that New Zealand families were
over-taxed, “ but introducing new
complexity to GST won’t reduce
Local Government New Zealand
president Lawrence Yule said his
organisation supported the removal
of GST from rates “in principle”,
but it would be complex “ because
rates are made up of a combination
of both tax and other charges,
which are different for every local
authority in New Zealand”.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Tax dodgers, GST on food
top NZ First hit list
Proposed “vote-winning” law changes
relating to criminal justice reform of
rape cases could result in more innocent
people being sent to prison, the Criminal
Bar Association warns.
National and Labour say the current
system is not providing justice for victims
of sexual violation, and reform would
make the system more victim-focused.
National wants to explore whether
a judge or jury should be able to see a
defendant ’s refusal to give evidence in a
negative light. Legal experts have called
this an attack on the right to silence.
Labour wants the Law Commission to
look at an inquisitorial system where the
judge inter views the victim, and proof of
consent has to be proven by the accused,
if other aspects of the case are proven.
This has been criticised as eroding the
presumption of innocence.
Criminal Bar Association president
Tony Bouchier said both ideas were
“ We are talking about the basic
presumptions in the common law — the
presumption of innocence, and the right
to silence. These are absolute, almost
constitutional, and to have political
parties playing ping-pong with such
important presumptions is just not a
good thing. We are not open to either
idea at all.”
He said defendants should be able to
choose not to give evidence, and should
not have to prove elements of the case
such as consent.
Both policies would swing the system
in favour of the prosecution and might
lead to more innocent people being sent
to prison, Mr Bouchier said.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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