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Woman struck by car
A 24-year-old woman died after
being hit by a car in Wellington
early yesterday. Central police
communications centre shift
commander sergeant Andy Dow
said police were called to the scene
on Vivian Street about 1.40am. The
woman died shortly after wards in
hospital, he said. The car driver was
assisting with inquiries. — APNZ
A Dannevirke man died in a
motorcycle crash at the weekend.
Hamish Gore, 30, a panelbeater,
was killed early on Saturday. The
crash had happened in Grant Street
about 12.45am. The motorcycle was
the only vehicle involved and Mr
Gore was treated at the scene, then
taken to Palmerston North Hospital
in a serious condition. — APNZ-
Hawke’s Bay Today
Man’s death probed
Police were called to a Christchurch
address yesterday after a man died
suddenly. Ambulance staff initially
attended a Waltham Road home at
4pm after a 65-year-old man collapsed,
before requesting police assistance.
Southern police communications shift
Inspector Lindsay Turner said due to
the unknown circumstances around
the man’s death, an investigation would
go ahead. — APNZ
Whanganui St John paramedics
and their patients were put in danger
on Saturday night when a bottle
flung from an oncoming car struck
an ambulance. The ambulance was
taking two patients from Turoa
skifield to Whanganui Hospital
about 5.30pm and was 10 minutes
south of Raetihi when the bottle was
flung. It hit the ambulance grille,
bounced on to the windscreen and
— APNZ-Wanganui Chronicle
One ticket, sold in Pukekohe, has
won its holder $1 million in division
one of Lotto draw No 1421 on
Saturday. Successful numbers were
10, 15, 17, 19, 35, 39; bonus 37.
Strike numbers were 19, 39, 10, 35.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 6. There was no
division one winner. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Wakefield.
The winner from Christchurch spun
Numbers in Keno draw No 10152:
33, 37, 49, 56, 62, 63, 70, 78. Draw No
10153: 2, 5, 6, 13, 14, 18, 22, 24, 30,
32, 42, 44, 51, 60, 61, 62, 68, 75, 77, 78.
Draw No 10154: 3, 4, 10, 17, 20, 23, 25,
27, 31, 40, 42, 43, 50, 52, 53, 63, 67, 72,
73, 76. Draw No 10155: 3, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15,
16, 17, 22, 32, 41, 42, 45, 52, 53, 61, 64,
76, 77, 79. Draw No 10156: 2, 5, 7, 11,
23, 25, 29, 31, 32, 34, 37, 43, 46, 63, 66,
67, 72, 75, 77, 79. Draw No 10157: 2, 4,
6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, 24, 29, 31, 34, 41, 44,
53, 56, 60, 61, 68, 76. Draw No 10158:
4, 6, 10, 11, 26, 35, 39, 40, 48, 49, 52, 54,
62, 65, 66, 67, 69, 74, 76, 79. Draw No
10159: 3, 4, 12, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 33,
50, 51, 56, 57, 59, 60, 66, 67, 69, 77.
Two slain in Winz office
Queenstown police charged seven men
with various offences after a bar brawl
and two street fights in the resort at the
Officers were called to Winnies bar
in the Mall shortly before 1am on
Saturday as patrons allegedly battled
Four men from Dunedin were arrested.
“There was a melee on the dance
floor and security have inter vened and
allegedly been assaulted,” sergeant Kate
Two D unedin men, aged 25 and 22,
were charged with assault with intent to
injure while another two, both 22, were
charged with disorderly behaviour likely
to cause violence.
At 4.15am yesterday, a Q ueenstown
man was allegedly kicked in the head
and punched by two other men during a
fight at the Camp Street taxi rank.
One man, 22, faces the a charge of
injuring with intent, while another,
20, has been charged with assault with
intent to injure.
“ You don’t like to see any violence
at all; even a punch can lead to serious
consequences, but when people are kicked
in the head that ’s very concerning,” Ms
Queenstown man, 26, with assault,
resisting arrest and breaching bail after
an incident in the Mall at 2.23am
yesterday. — Otago Daily Times
Police were negotiating with a man
before he was found dead in a house fire
in Northland early this morning after a
The armed offenders squad was called
the Mangamuka property, south of
Kaitaia, at 2.30pm yesterday following
reports of a firearm being discharged.
Northland police spokeswoman Sarah
Kennett said there was a dispute at the
property over a trespass matter
“The armed offenders suad was called in
and began negotiating with the occupier
of the address,” she said.
“About 12.30am today a fire was noticed
inside the house. AOS attempted to
enter the address to rescue the occupant.
However, they had to pull back due to a
number of explosions.”
The Fire Ser vice was called and once
the fire had been extinguished police
were able to enter the house and found
a man’s body.
“Police have cordoned off the property
and are carrying out inquiries to ascertain
the circumstances around the fire and the
death of the man,” Ms Kennett said.
The man’s name will not be released
until next of kin have been notified.
Fire Safety investigators are working
with police to establish the cause of the
Police confirmed they had found an
explosive device, believed to be a grenade,
when they entered the house.
Northland Inspector Kevin Burke said
the Defence Force bomb disposal unit
was on its way from Auckland to dispose
of the grenade and check that the house
was safe before police could carry out a
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Two people are dead and one is in
a serious condition after a man went
into the Ashburton Work and Income
office this morning and opened fire.
The man, who was reportedly
wearing a black balaclava and carrying
a shotgun, reportedly took the time to
chain up his bicycle before going into
the office just after 10am.
Police said two people were killed
and a third person was in a serious but
stable condition in hospital.
The man is still on the loose and
police have warned locals to stay
Police were looking for John Henry
Tully, 47, who they described as a
person of interest.
Canterbury district commander
Superintendent Gary Knowles said
he may have shaved his head.
“This is an ongoing situation
and a full police response has been
deployed,” police said.
“Residents in the Ashburton area
are asked to stay inside at this time. ”
One witness, who did not want to
be named, said he saw a staff member
from Work and Income run from the
shop after the shooter yelling, “ You
b—, you’ve blown her to bits”.
The witness said he stopped his van
in the middle of the road when he
saw a man in a black balaclava with
a shotgun on his back walk in to the
“It was just surreal. I stopped and
got out of the van because I thought,
‘That ’s not right’ then I heard two
shots and I legged it straight to the
The witness said it “all felt like the
movies” until police arrived and a
cordon was put up. He waited on
the street with other people who had
heard the shots that were fired.
“I didn’t go in the office, I didn’t
want to see that.”
Another witness who was in the
building at the time of the shooting
said a man wearing a black balaclava
entered and shot two women, one of
whom was inter viewing him at the
He believed they were both Winz
“It was incredibly loud, I could feel
the air whoosh past my head,” he said.
He followed the man outside.
“He must have broken the gun down
because he put it in his back pack,” the
Two other people who had just left
the Winz building saw a man wearing
a balaclava and carrying a shotgun
enter the premises.
Soon after they heard two shots.
A woman, also believed to be a staff
member ran out and shouted at them
to call the police, before running into
the nearby medical centre.
They said the man’s bike had been
chained up on a street corner.
He left, leaving his bike helmet on
A postie at a business across the
road heard the man screaming and
swearing as he left the building.
A staff member at an automotive
garage across the road from the Work
and Income office said she was not
aware of any incident until she went
outside for morning tea break and saw
a cordon around the building.
“There were a couple of ambos and
police there with a big cordon but
other than that we didn’t know it had
An armed officer was standing on
guard on front of the Winz centre on
A large cordon surrounded the
scene, with armed police on each
One woman at the scene was
desperately trying to contact two of
her friends who worked at the centre.
She could not reach them but one of
their partners had been called to the
police station, she said. Police were
inter viewing people at the nearby
The Ministry of Social Development
chief executive Brendan Boyle said all
its offices in Ashburton, Timaru and
Christchurch would be closed until
“ We are all shocked by the news
of this morning’s incident at the
Ashburton Work and Income office,”
Mr Boyle said in a statement.
“The police are handling this serious
situation. What I can say is that we
will be there for our colleagues to
support them as they come to terms
with what has happened.
“ Until we know more, we have closed
all Ministry of Social Development
offices in Ashburton, Timaru and
TV3 reported the gunmen had fled
to the Ashburton River, and a police
helicopter was now searching the area.
TVNZ said they had been told the
gunman was a local with “an axe to
grind” against Winz.
TVNZ said it had received reports
of more shots being fired. Police said
they could not confirm the report.
A second cordon was set up down
by Ashburton River and armed
police ran down the riverbank about
11.30am, locals said.
The Education Ministry said it had
contacted schools and early childhood
centres in the area and they were
keeping children inside.
A hockey tournament at Ashburton
College was cancelled and the
students were taken inside.
The Public Ser vice Association
(PSA) said the shooting was a tragedy.
National secretary Richard Wagstaff
said: “Our thoughts are with all those
affected by this tragedy.
“ We don’t know what the cause
is, but we will be supporting our
members from Ashburton Work and
Income at this terrible time.
“That two people have died and
one more is in a serious condition is
inexcusable, and we hope the police
can bring the shooter to justice.
“ Nobody should go to work in the
morning without returning home that
“O ur 6500 members working at
Ministry of Social Development will
have their Ashburton colleagues in
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
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‘ You’ve blown her to bits’ witness yells at Ashburton gunman
Close call as car clips house
Peter Larmer was spending
a quiet Sunday at home on his
Levin farm when a car crashed
through two fences, a veranda
post, and came to rest upside
down on his lawn.
The out-of-control Mazda
Atenza carrying a family of four
left Bruce Road and rolled several
times about 10am.
“ It was right on the veranda,
so pretty close without going
through the glass doors,” Mr
Larmer’s wife, Leanne, said. “ It
smashed the veranda pole.
“There’s glass and part of car
and fence everywhere.”
Ambulance staff called in a
rescue helicopter for the vehicle’s
passengers, including a man,
woman, six-year-old and a baby.
Neighbour Janet Taylor, whose
fence was damaged, said the baby
looked to be 10 months to a year
old, and was in a car seat.
“I understand a passerby went
through a window or the boot to
rescue the children,” she said.
“Somehow the parents crawled
out of the car. ”
The adults and baby were
taken to hospital by ambulance,
while the six-year-old child was
taken to Wellington Hospital
by the Palmerston North rescue
helicopter. The serious crash unit
remained at the scene until 3pm.
A blood sample was taken
from the driver, and alcohol was
considered a factor, Inspector
Dave Rose said. — APNZ
The rescue helicopter at a Levin farm after a car rolled and almost crashed into the farmhouse living
Former Serious Fraud Office boss
Adam Feeley says he hopes the police
are considering a criminal investigation
into claims Judith Collins was linked to
a smear campaign against him.
Mr Feeley said he believed both the
police and SFO would be considering
whether they had grounds to launch an
“ It’s almost certain that several
offences could have been committed if
people were undermining a police or an
SFO investigation, absolutely,” he told
RadioLive this morning.
“ I would be surprised if both SFO and
police weren’t thinking about that today. ”
He went on to say he “would hope”
both organisations were considering an
inquiry and that he would “like to know
what the truth is”.
“Given what ’s come out I think
everyone is now curious, so I would like
if, and I do stress the word if, if there is
more to all of this than meets the eye
then it would be good for the truth to
come out,” he said.
Ms Collins had responsibility for the
SFO in her role as Justice Minister.
She resigned from the post on Saturday
an e-mail was revealed in which her
name was linked to a campaign against
Mr Feeley run by Whale Oil blogger
Cameron Slater and other parties linked
to former Hanover director Mark
Hotchin, who was at the time under
investigation by the SFO.
Ms Collins has denied being involved
in any smear campaign.
Asked yesterday whether he was ever
concerned that information he had
given to Ms Collins or her officials
might have found its way to Mr
Hotchin or the company ’s lawyers, Mr
Feeley refused to comment directly
on the case but confirmed he did
“periodically give ministers indications
of where particular investigations were
This morning he assured Hanover
investors that any decision not to
prosecute would not have been
influenced by a Government minister.
“ In my entire time at SFO I never
made a decision to investigate or not to
investigate, prosecute or not to prosecute,
based on whether it would be popular
with the public, with investors, or indeed
the government of the day,” Mr Feeley
“The public should feel comfortable
that certainly I, and I have no doubt
(current chief executive Julie Read)
operates no differently to me. We took
our decisions always independently, and
I think one of the trademarks of the SFO
is it ’s always been fiercely independent.”
Mr Feeley, now chief executive of the
Queenstown Lakes District Council
also made clear he “ loved (his) time at
“ I’m very proud of what the team at
SFO achieved there, and I left entirely
on my own terms.” — APNZ
Former SFO chief
calls for police probe
An investigation has uncovered
exploited migrant workers in
Dunedin’s hospitality and beauty
Migrants are underpaid, often
without holiday or sick pay and too
afraid to complain to authorities.
Employment law specialist Jen
Wilson suspects dozens are affected.
In one case last year, a migrant
hospitality worker was being paid
$4.37 an hour — far below the
minimum wage of $13.75 an hour
at the time, Ms Wilson, a senior
solicitor at Jenny Beck Law, said.
The woman received $612 for 70
hours work, half of which had to be
returned to the employer in cash.
The arrangement made it appear
the employer legitimately employed
the worker for above minimum wage
on a 40-hour-a -week salary.
The worker was also told her
working visa would only be renewed
by the employer if she paid tens of
thousands of dollars, Ms Wilson said.
The worker was ultimately dismissed
under the 90-day trial rule.
Other migrants in similar situations
also had approached Ms Wilson.
“They didn’t pursue it because they
were too frightened,” she said.
A Ministry of Business, Innovation
spokeswoman said the Labour
Inspectorate issued two “enforceable
undertakings” to Dunedin employers
during the past 12 months — both in
the hospitality industry.
requires employers to take steps to
address breaches of the law.
One was for a lack of written
employment agreements and the
other was for failing to keep time,
wage, holiday and leave records.
The employers complied with the
enforceable undertakings, she said.
Chef Chris Dick said he discovered
the issue while working in a
consultancy role for another Dunedin
During his time working for the
man, Mr Dick was told staff were
One Chinese worker stood out in
his mind, he said.
“I will never forget it. He (the
business owner) said he only pays her
$6 an hour and she works seven days
a week,” Mr Dick said.
“S he was the hardest worker I have
ever seen, but totally exploited — it
was criminal, it really was.”
approached, denied the claims.
“My staff are paid everything — not
underpaid — everything (is) by the
law,” he said.
Staff were given free accommodation
also, he said.
Mr Dick said the staff were “getting
The owner offered accommodation
to some employees and their families,
but it was used to control staff, a s
the owner threatened to evict their
families from his accommodation, or
made threats about their ability to get
other jobs if they left, Mr Dick said.
He had visited the accommodation
and felt the conditions were “totally
like a sweat shop”.
confirmed the Labour Inspectorate
had investigated the man’s businesses
last year as a result of complaints.
“The investigation found, in general,
the businesses were complying with
minimum employment standards and
where any issues were identified they
were rectified immediately,” she said.
“No compliance action was required. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Probe finds migrant workers exploited
Revellers jumped into a pond to
douse their burning clothing after
a bonfire exploded in Mosgiel early
Mosgiel Volunteer Fire Brigade
senior station officer Paul Falconer
said fire crews from Mosgiel and
Lookout Point Stations were
called to an explosion at a “family
gathering” at a house in D ukes
Road North about 1.30am.
A steel grass roller containing
water had been placed on the
bonfire and exploded when it
heated up, he said.
“It got to a point where the water
got hot, and expanded, and blew
the side out of the roller. ”
The explosion spread the bonfire
“everywhere” and a hedge caught
fire, he said.
Fire crews extinguished the flames
in about five minutes.
operations manager Doug Third
said six people with burns to their
face, neck, legs and arms were
taken to Dunedin Hospital in two
A female had moderate to serious
burns and five people were “stable”
with minor to moderate injuries.
A fire crew member drove an
ambulance, so that ambulance
staff could work on the patients,
It was understood five people
were discharged from Dunedin
Hospital by 6am yesterday and
the female admitted to a ward and
was discharged by mid-afternoon
A St John pokesman said after the
explosion, people’s clothing caught
fire and they jumped into a pond to
stop the burning.
A resident at the house, Vivienne
Patrick, said yesterday the explosion
“ We’re all fine, it was a non-event,
it just looked really spectacular with
lots of flashing lights.”
However, the explosion killed a
chicken on the property, she said.
“There was one fatality: it was the
chicken, M abel. It got a fright,” she
“They ’re having a wake for it, now
she’s on the menu for tea tonight.”
Other reports said the gathering
was a 21st birthday party.
— Otago Daily Times
Patients at Middlemore Hospital
faced long delays yesterday after a major
computer system crash, affecting test
results and communications.
Counties Manukau District Health
Board spokeswoman Lauren Young
said the failure had been traced to
two recently installed firewalls that
had brought the computer system
throughout the hospital to a halt.
Ms Young said the issue was
“ bureaucratic” and staff were mitigating
the affect on patients.
“It ’s a bureaucratic issue, it ’s not
affecting patient care,” she said.
“Of course it’s irritating for clinicians
and irritating for patients who are
having to wait for paper work.”
She said practitioners were transferring
patient information manually through
paper work, rather than on computer
“ It ’s slowing down test results and
the ease of communication within the
hospital and with other hospitals.
“ But there are such things as telephones
and fax machines,” she said.
Ms Young said a temporary solution
had been found, however the system was
She said she did not know the
technicalities of the computer system
failure, but a permanent fix was expected
The problem was not understood to
have affected other Auckland district
health boards. — APNZ
Hospital computers crash
Firefighters cut the roof from a car
which crashed down a bank in south
Taranaki yesterday morning.
Julian Burn said the Taranaki rescue
helicopter was called at 9.26am to a
boggy location off Te Roti Road, north of
Normanby. The car driven by a 67-year-
old woman had gone 30m down a bank
and landed on its wheels in a paddock.
Police said the driver received head,
spine and rib injuries in the crash, and
was in a serious but stable condition.
The driver, described as conscious and
alert, was cut out and treated at the scene
before being choppered to Taranaki Base
State highway 3 was closed for a short
period following the crash. Police were
investigating the cause. — APNZ
Woman cut from crashed car
Man found safe
Police say missing man Harry Sleep has
been located in Auckland this morning.
Police were concerned for the welfare
of the 80-year-old man after he went
missing on Saturday afternoon. The New
Plymouth man was in Auckland for
the weekend and police said he was not
familiar with the area. — APNZ
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