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SKATE EXPECTATIONS
Ice dancers take to the air on the frozen stage of Wellington’s St James Theatre. More than 20 of the world’s best skaters transformed Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet Swan Lake into a skating spectacle when it opened last night, performing some moves so complex they haven’t been named yet. Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The ice-bound version of the story has received a warm reception from audiences and critics around the globe. Swan Lake on Ice combines ballet and adrenaline-infused gymnastics from 26 of the world’s best skaters, billed as the Imperial Ice Stars. Heart-in-your-mouth twirls, jumps and lifts are mixed with soaring dancers ‘‘flying’’ on aerial wires. The show has been performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, including London’s Royal Albert Hall. Skaters from world, European and national championships bring the ballet to life. Between them they hold more than 250 competition medals. This year’s production features a fast-paced portrayal, with new choreography from leading ice director Tony Mercer. There will be 14 more shows in Wellington, until Sunday, July 18.
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Bethune’s secret deal
Protester free after months in captivity
Kate Newton
ANTI-WHALING activists appear to have struck a deal with Japanese officials allowing Pete Bethune to walk free – in return for banning him from future expeditions. Bethune, 45, who has been in Japanese custody since February after boarding a Japanese whaling ship, was given a two-year suspended sentence in a Tokyo court yesterday. The suspended sentence means he will not go to jail unless he commits another crime on Japanese soil in the next five years. He is expected to arrive back in New Zealand on Saturday. Japanese prosecutors and prowhalers had pushed for a jail term for the Auckland sailor, who pleaded guilty in May to four charges of illegally boarding the Shonan Maru II, but denied a charge of assault. Prosecutors said rancid butter that Bethune threw at harpoon ships caused chemical burns to one whaler’s face and hurt the eyes of several others. In June, he was banned from future Sea Shepherd Conservation Society expeditions to the Southern Ocean. The group’s chief executive, Chuck Swift, said at the time that the ban was because Bethune broke Sea Shepherd policy by taking a bow and arrows on to the protest boat Ady Gil, which sank in January after colliding with the Japanese fleet. However, there are now suggestions that the ban was Sea Shepherd’s part of a bargain that saw Bethune walk free. Sea Shepherd captain Paul Wat-

Complaint laid over Bain juror
not guilty at the retrial, his defence arguing that Robin Bain shot the A STUDENT who was on the David family and then himself because of Bain retrial jury despite a serious depression and impending disclostheft conviction is the subject of a ures about an incestuous relationcomplaint to the solicitor-general. ship with Laniet. It is understood that neither the Margaret Bain’s sister, Val Boyd, Crown nor the defence knew of the said yesterday: ‘‘Having sat through conviction before the jury was em- the trial and seen some of the antics, panelled for the retrial last year. it makes me even more uncomfortThe revelation came as the con- able to hear a juror had a convictroversy about the not-guilty verdict tion.’’ in the three-month retrial in the In the programme, documentaryHigh Court at Christchurch was maker Bryan Bruce singled out the reignited by a television documen- testimony of retrial defence witness tary, The Case Against Robin Bain, Daryl Young. The programme which screened on Tuesday. quoted two people who contradicted Police will inquire into the photocopier salesman’s claims in the programme evidence about his dealings that a defence witness’s teswith Robin Bain. timony was inconsistent Police said yesterday with new research. they would look into The Crown Law Office whether there was any subsaid yesterday that it had stance to the documenreceived a complaint about tary’s claim of inconsisthe juror after the trial, but tencies. would not comment. The Ms Boyd said the docucomplaint was made last mentary was a start to reDavid Bain October. storing Robin’s reputation. The juror cannot be named for ‘‘I think it’s time David talked, actulegal reasons, but was seen hugging ally.’’ Mr Bain after the verdict and Mr Karam said the factual basis attended post-trial celebrations at of the documentary was ‘‘so askew the Bain camp’s headquarters. as to be farcical’’. It was disgraceful No law prevents people with that TVNZ screened the documenconvictions serving on juries, and tary without Bruce seeking input the juror was not obliged to tell the from the defence team. ‘‘They recourt of her past offence. She was fused to approach us.’’ convicted under her maiden name Mr Bain’s lawyers learned early and has since changed her name this year that the documentary was twice. being made, he said. When they In March 2007, she pleaded guilty received another letter in May sayto stealing about $6000 from her em- ing the documentary was almost finployer, a Christchurch retailer. It is ished, they wrote to TVNZ and understood her family repaid the Bruce asking for it to be postponed. money and she was sentenced to ‘‘How can you possibly do a community service. balanced programme about the The juror has been in contact defence case without talking to the The Press with Bain advocate Joe Karam since defence?’’ the trial. Mr Bain was convicted in 1995 of NSIDE murdering his parents, Robin and Tom Scott B4 Margaret, and siblings Laniet, Jane Clifton B8 Arawa and Stephen. He was found

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Welcome call: Sharyn Bethune at her North Shore home last night after receiving Photo: JOHN SELKIRK news that her husband Pete is coming home from Japan.

He’ll keep fighting, says wife
Kate Newton and Ian Steward
PETE BETHUNE’S family went from despair to elation at the news he had escaped a jail term, his wife says. Sharyn Bethune and daughters Danielle and Alycia were celebrating with friends last night after it was confirmed he would be coming home. They were mistakenly told at first that he had received a jail term, sending Danielle, 15, rushing from the room in tears. When they heard the correct sentence, ‘‘it was two emotions two miles apart – from despair to elation’’, Mrs Bethune said. She had been nervous about the verdict and said she had a symbolic dream the previous night about caged birds. Her husband was likely to take about six months off when he returned home, to write a book and spend time with the girls. She was certain he would return to conservation work eventually. ‘‘I don’t think he’ll be climbing on any Japanese fishing boats for a while. I still believe he will go on and fight – whether it be for whales or shark-finning in Galapagos.’’ He was aware of the support he had from the public, she said.

Emotive issue: A man protesting against anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd holds a placard of Pete Bethune at a demonstration in Tokyo, before the verdict was Photo: REUTERS announced, calling for strict penalties for Bethune.
son said last night that the organisation knew what the sentence was several days ago, ‘‘because we’d already arranged for Pete Bethune’s air ticket’’. He was relieved at the sentence and said the ban on Bethune joining Sea Shepherd’s campaigns was because of ‘‘a deal’’ with the Japanese. He did not elaborate on the terms of the deal and Sea Shepherd would not confirm last night whether the ban was in return for a suspended sentence. However, Bethune’s wife, Sharyn, said that may have been the case. ‘‘I’ve heard that rumour too. Good if they did – it got him home.’’ After sentencing, Bethune said he was ‘‘very relieved and thankful at the decision from the Japanese court’’. ‘‘I am truly sorry for all the
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trouble and worry this has caused my family and am desperate to get back home to see them.’’ He only wanted justice for the loss of the Ady Gil and ‘‘attempted murder’’ of his crew. ‘‘I still want justice, and I strongly urge the Australian and New Zealand maritime authorities to continue putting pressure on the Japanese whalers to co-operate with

their investigations into the collision,’’ Bethune said. He has spent 143 days in custody since he boarded the Shonan Maru II on February 15, 26 of them with the Japanese whaling fleet and the rest in a Tokyo detention centre. A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said Mr McCully welcomed the news Bethune would return to New Zealand.
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