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National list MP Claudette Hauiti is
leaving politics after being told she would
not get a good enough list ranking to make it
back to Parliament.
The former broadcaster has been an MP for
only 14 months.
Prime Minister John Key suggested
yesterday that her misuse of a parliamentary
charge card had affected her ranking on
National’s list, which is due to be announced
She used the card to pay for a private trip
to Australia last Christmas and has since
repaid the money to Parliamentary Ser vice,
although neither will say how much was
Mr Key said he had accepted her assurances
that it was a mistake.
“But she has had a very strong message
from the party that as a result of making a
mistake (she) is very unlikely to get a decent
On Prime TV’s Back Benches show last
week, Ms Hauiti said about the spending:
“Big boo-boo. Paid it back. Really sorry.
There’s no excuse for not knowing the
She had already been selected for the
Kelston seat. On paper it is a safe Labour
seat to be contested by former Labour MP
Carmel Sepuloni so Ms Hauiti would have
been reliant on the list to be returned to
She fell foul of the rules earlier this year
by employing her civil union partner in her
electorate office and said she did not know
National president Peter Goodfellow said
nominations for Kelston would open today
for a week and the party board would make a
decision in early August.
In 2011, she stood unsuccessfully in the
Labour stronghold of Mangere and at No 63
on National’s list, came into Parliament last
May when National list MP Aaron Gilmore
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters
called it a National Party cover-up.
“That ’s as plain as day and night.
“S he has had you believe that she has
resigned. She is just not standing again at the
“That is not accountability.
“S he’s standing down without any
accountability from the National Party, the
whips or the Prime Minister. ”
He said the National Party should reveal
how much money Mrs Hauiti misspent.
“I don’t believe it was $200 for a start. You
try to have an overseas trip on $200.
“They throw allegations around at everyone
else. When it comes to themselves, there’s no
accountability at all.
“They thought they could do a snow-job
and say nothing at all. ”
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
MP quits after list demotion
A woman who died
in a mid-air collision
had noticed flaws in the
aviation industry and was
trying to make changes,
according to her father.
Flight instructor Jessica
Neeson, 27, and student
Patricia Smallman, 64,
died on July 6, 2010,
after their Cessna 152
collided with another aircraft near
Feilding’s Taonui Aerodrome.
The second plane, flown by learner
pilot Monaj Kadam, landed safely. He
gave evidence at an inquest in 2011
before returning to India. The latest
inquest was completed in Palmerston
Several witnesses provided
statements to Coroner Tim Scott who
also heard testimony from Captain
Gary Parata. Mr Parata, an expert on
mid-air collisions, gave his view of
why the incident occurred.
“There’s almost never one single
cause that can be attributed. It comes
down to systematic issues.”
A report by the Transport Accident
Investigation Commission stated
the two Cessnas likely collided at
approximately 1400ft, as they both
Ms Neeson was about to begin
teaching Mrs Smallman an overhead
rejoining manoeuvre (which must be
done at 1500ft) while Mr Kadam was
beginning a solo flight.
Flight Training Manawatu (FTM)
flight instructor Apur va Bhatia was
assigned to Mr Kadam that afternoon,
and monitored his radio calls. She said
Mr Kadam had been scheduled to fly
at 3.30pm but went instead at 2.45pm.
After pre-flight checks,
she returned to an office
overlooking the runway
and received radio calls
during Mr Kadam’s take-
off and as he climbed
Moments later she
heard a distress call.
“I heard ‘Mayday,
Mayday, engine failure’,
I then heard screaming
and then nothing else,” Ms Bhatia
stated. “On hearing the call . . . I
recognised the voice as being Jessica. ”
F TM chief executive Michael
Bryant told the inquest changes had
been made to the airfield, including
reducing the lowest flying height
from 1200 to 1100ft and giving
planes 400ft of vertical separation.
Radio calls were also now being
Outside the inquest, Ms Neeson’s
mother Lyn said she hoped Coroner
Scott would reinforce the need to
make these events rare.
“Captain Parata said it — these
should be a one in 50 year occurrence.”
One witness said they had seen a
“near miss” four days prior at the same
airfield but there was no evidence to
Mr Parata said it was possible this
had gone unreported, and failing to
record such events was common.
“ It ’s endemic . . . because people
think they are going to get in trouble.”
Mrs Smallman’s husband did
not want to comment but said he
felt “it was very sad” that publicity
surrounding the event had not
mentioned they had a son.
Coroner Scott reser ved his decision.
— APNZ-Manawatu Guardian
Mid-air crash blamed on systemic flaws
PICTURE: APNZ-Manawatu Guardian
Captain Gary Parata giving evidence yesterday.
murdering a homeless man in
central Auckland last year was
seen on CCTV footage hugging
and high-fiving his friends
moments after it is alleged the
attack took place.
Edwin Linder, 42, died in
hospital three days after the early
morning assault in Mills Lane.
He had lain in the alleyway
unconscious for around eight
hours before he was found.
Steven Churchis, who was
17 at the time of his arrest,
is standing trial at the High
Court in Auckland charged with
murdering Mr Linder.
He was captured on CCTV
footage with his two friends
and a young woman walking
down Mills Lane shortly before
12.30am on July 31, 2013.
In the footage, shown in court
yesterday, the group walks down
the lane and around a corner to a
part of the street which is out of
range of the cameras, and where
Mr Linder was found the next
Churchis and the young woman
make a quick trip to Burger
King on Queen Street to use the
bathrooms, before rejoining the
About three minutes later the
young woman leaves, followed
shortly after wards by the three
young men with Churchis
bringing up the rear.
As he approaches his two
friends, one of them lifts his
hand up and the pair are seen
to share “some sort of embrace”.
He then high-fives the second
The three men later return to
the scene around 6.30am, where
they again disappear out of range
before walking out of the lane
towards Albert Street.
Constable Raymond Arrow,
who reviewed all the CCTV
footage of the scene, said no one
else entered the lane during that
Mr Linder was found shortly
before 9am and was taken to
Auckland City Hospital where
he died on August 3 after
developing pneumonia as a
secondary cause of his brain
A doctor who treated Mr
Linder gave evidence that his
prognosis was “very poor” when
he was admitted to intensive care.
“ We could not say he had
any chance of making a good
sur vival,” Dr Craig Hourigan of
the department of critical care
He suffered severe brain and
facial injuries, and combined
with a previous head injury he
sustained when he was stabbed
with a screwdriver in Sydney in
2001, it was unlikely he would
live, he said.
If he had sur vived, he would
have been severely disabled.
Dr Hourigan denied Mr
Linder died because of a decision
made by his family and medical
staff not to treat his injuries
“aggressively” by operating on
his brain injuries or prescribing
antibiotics when he developed
pneumonia. Instead it was
decided to treat his pain and
keep him comfortable until he
inevitability to him dying. It
would have slowed the process
rather than stopped the process.”
Churchis has pleaded not guilty
to Mr Linder’s murder.
The trial continues. — APNZ
Murder-accused seen giving
Former CEO used
trust card illegally
The former chief executive of a Maori
trust has been found guilty of dishonestly
using the organisation’s credit card to
obtain about $15,000.
She was relieved of two charges
involving lesser amounts.
Te Hemoata Dawn Pomana, 59,
the former chief executive of Ngai
Tamanuhiri Whanui denied three
charges of using a document for a
pecuniary advantage at a defended
hearing in the Gisborne District Court
earlier this month.
In a decision released yesterday, Judge
Tony Adeane found her guilty of
having used a trust credit card to make
93 separate cash withdrawals totalling
$15,440, between December 26, 2010
and September 15, 2011.
She was remanded further on bail for
sentence on October 13.
Pomana was found not guilty of
having used a trust credit card between
October 2, 2007 and September 6,
2011 for lesser personal expenditure on
goods and ser vices totalling $3793 and
Pomana had routinely identified that
expenditure for the accounts clerk and
regularly reimbursed the trust.
Judge Adeane said while it was opaque
and unbusinesslike, nevertheless the
practice was allowed to evolve and
continue. In respect of those charges,
there were difficulties in concluding
beyond reasonable doubt that Pomana
was acting without authority and knew
But the cash withdrawals were in a
“They are of such a magnitude that
an inference of dishonesty, rather than
authority, is virtually irresistible,” Judge
They were often from the same ATM
and outside business hours.
The first, on December 26, 2010, was
detected by the accounts clerk in January
the following year. He bypassed Pomana
to report it to the then-trust chairman
Nga Raihania, who instructed her to
But she continued regardless. They
escalated in frequency and amount.
Those further withdrawals were
uncovered when Pomana, who had been
dealt with in-house by the trust during
2011, launched a personal grievance suit
Her action prompted new trust
manager Richard Brooking to have the
trust ’s books further investigated.
— APNZ-Gisborne Herald
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