Kerikeri double-fatal crash: Names released of the two men in their twenties who died

The names of the two men killed in a fatal crash at Kerikeri in Northland on Monday have been released.

Police today confirmed they are Yvarn Manaia Te Pania, 24, and James Alexander Hamiora, 26, from Northland.

Police say a vehicle travelling north on State Highway 10 is believed to have crossed the centre line and collided head on with a south bound vehicle.

The driver of the car that collided with the victims' car was arrested over the crash.

The deaths have been referred to the Coroner. 

Police car generic.
Police car generic. Source: 1 NEWS



Airbag recall: Motor Industry Association may lobby for WOF ban for Kiwi drivers who don't take action over faulty safety devices

The head of the Motor Industry Association says if not enough people act on the airbag recall announced yesterday, it may lobby the government to force motorists into taking action.

The complusory recall affects 50,000 Takata airbag units installed in numerous car makes and models, with the units possibly exploding due to high humidity - but the risk of them doing so in New Zealand is extremely low.

Chief executive David Crawford said his organisation welcomed the move, announced yesterday by Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi, which makes a voluntary recall of Takata airbag units in many car models mandatory.

Mr Crawford, speaking this morning to TVNZ 1's Breakfast today, said "logistically it is a challenge - but we've been managing this recall on a voluntary basis for the last 2-3 years and not making as much progress as we wanted".

Kris Faafoi said hundreds of thousands of vehicles on New Zealand roads have a potentially-dangerous airbag unit. Source: 1 NEWS

"It gives us the ability to coordinate with government agencies and other sectors on a much better basis than we've been able to do in the last couple of years," he said.

Mr Crawford said the voluntary recall had not spurred enough affected vehicle owners into action, and the mandatory recall could also face problems.

"Some people are not responding to the letters," he said.

"It's mandatory on distributors and importers of new and used vehicles - it's still discretionary for the owner of a vehicle to bring it in.

"We'll be monitoring the recall as it progresses throughout the next 18 months and if the recall rate is still not high enough we'll be asking government to consider ban-flagging these at the next warrant of fitness or some other mechanism so they can be brought in.

"The alpha-type [airbag] is just too risky to leave in the cars and the longer they are there the more risky they become."

People can view a list of the affected makes and models at www.recalls.govt.nz.

David Crawford says motorists need to act on the recall, as the airbag units become more risky as time goes by. Source: Breakfast

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Restaurateur and former city councillor fined $20k and banned from hiring staff for three years over illegal contract conditions

The former owner of Christchurch's Watershed Bar and Restaurant and Sequoia 88 has been banned from hiring staff for three years after he persistently kept an illegal clause in his contracts.

Gordon Freeman - a former Christchurch City Councillor - stipulated in his employment contracts that staff would forfeit their holiday pay if they resigned without providing at least six weeks' notice - an illegal clause.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment said today in a statement: "Mr Freeman cynically abused the trust placed in employers, and disregarded the basic rules put in place to ensure everyone in the workplace is getting a fair deal".

"This ban should serve as a clear warning to any other employers who aren't taking their obligations seriously," Labour Inspectorate national manager Stu Lumsden said.

The ban was made under new regulations granted to the Employment Court in 2016 to strengthen enforcement measures available to them.

Mr Freeman's company was also ordered to pay $20,000 in penalties, of which $7845 would go to 23 affected employees, and half of those penalties would have to come from Mr Freeman personally.

Gordon Freeman
Gordon Freeman Source: Supplied