Kawerau shooting accused named

Name suppression for three men accused of last month's Kawerau shooting was lifted when they appeared in the High Court in Tauranga today.

Derek Maynard Savage, 52, Terere Kiwaho McDonald, 29, and Deuce Derrick Junior Rua Savage, 21, all pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder.

They were remanded in custody until November 20.

The trial has been provisionally set for the High Court in Rotorua on June 9, 2014.

Two men, aged 38 and 48, were shot in the incident - one in the stomach and the other in the chest - at a property in River Roadd, Kawerau.

They were flown to Waikato Hospital in critical condition.

Police investigate a double shooting in Kawerau Source: 1 NEWS


Cow calves for 22nd time

She could well be the oldest cow to give birth in New Zealand

A 24-year-old pedigree red poll cow has produced her 22nd calf - a healthy heifer named Houto Tennessee.

The cow belongs to Nina Walker who owns the Houto Red Poll Stud at Tangiteroria, near Dargaville.

Ms Walker bought "White 10," as she is known because of her ear tag, six years ago from a stud farm in Kaitaia.

Ms Walker says White 10's previous owners thought the cow was getting towards the end of her breeding life but didn't want to send her to the freezing works.

White 10 proved them wrong.

She has produced five heifer calves over the past five years and fostered 10 more.

"She is a great mum - readily accepts the extra babies and happily lets all three suckle at the same time," Ms Walker said.

White 10 was born on September 5, 1989 and first calved as a two-year-old.

She has borne live calves every year since.

Whether White 10 is a record holder or not is difficult to determine.

But another cow - a Friesian named Grandma, made national headlines in 2010 after giving birth to her 19th calf at the age of 23 in Te Awamutu.

Her owner, Gordon Kirkham, said he had not heard of anything that surpassed White 10's effort and said Grandma wasn't in any shape now to do any better.

"She had a bit of trouble with the last calf so we've put her out to pasture," he said. "She's 25 and living the dream."

White 10, a 24-year-old pedigree red poll cow with her 22nd calf – a healthy heifer named Houto Tennessee Source: Fairfax



Under-pruning could be behind tree branch death

A New Zealand woman who died instantly when a tree branch fell on her during a storm may not have been killed if the tree had been pruned correctly, a coroner's court has heard.

Wellington woman Erena Louise Wilson, 31, was walking with friends on September 23, 2012 when she was hit by a Lebanese cedar branch at the Royal Botanical Gardens in south west London.

A pre-inquest hearing into Ms Wilson's death was told either under-pruning or a phenomenon known as "summer branch drop", which occurs in mature broadleaf trees when a sudden downpour follows a long dry period and water being sucked through the tree causes it to shed its branches, the UK's Daily Mail reported.

"There is the question of whether pruning the trees may have prevented the fall from happening," Assistant Coroner Elizabeth Pygott told West London Coroner's Court.

Family solicitor John McLinden QC, questioned whether Kew Gardens had recognised the dangers of summer branch drop or of it had a policy to deal with it.

"Did Kew ever warn members of the public of summer branch drop and did they cease those warnings? Did they take precautions by cordoning off areas and did they cease doing that as well?"

The Kiwi woman's uncle, Pieter van Vliet, said the family would like the issue of summer branch drop to be explored during the inquest to stop similar deaths occurring.

"We're not experts but obviously Kew Gardens has trees, a lot of them, so potentially there is a good reason for bringing this up," he said.

McLinden said it was a "fluke" that only one person was killed in the incident.

Ms Wilson's friends had heard a crack "like thunder" and managed to run before the tree branch fell.

Ms Wilson had been living in Hanswell, London, where she worked as an accounts manager.

The hearing continues.

Erena Louise Wilson died instantly when a tree branch fell on her during a storm in Britain Source: Supplied