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Woman killed by train
A woman who was walking her
dog was hit and killed by a train
near Napier yesterday. Police said
the woman was walking south along
the track beside Marine Parade with
a dog at 3.45pm when she was hit
by the southbound train. Her name
or age have not been released and a
police investigations are continuing.
— APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
A young woman who was hit by
a car and killed in Wellington on
Sunday morning has been named by
police. Alix Rae Robinson, 24, was
struck by a car on Vivian Street at
1.30am on Sunday. — APNZ
Dead man named
A man who was found dead in a
Southland river next to his jetboat
has been named. He was 54-year-old
Patrick Michael Trebes from western
Southland. A search was mounted
after his jetboat was reported missing
on the Waiau River in western
Southland on August 29. Sergeant
Dave Kennelly of Invercargill police
said an investigation had begun.
Car chase arrest
A 23-year-old man who allegedly
fled police in a stolen car in
Wellington yesterday has been
arrested. Police pursued the man
from Hutt Valley into the city when
they realised the car was stolen. The
man abandoned the vehicle, a blue
Toyota Camry, in the City Life
Hotel car park before he made his
way to Lambton Quay on foot. He
was then arrested on the Wellington
waterfront near Civic Square at
1.30pm. — APNZ
Maori king home
The Maori king has been
discharged from hospital and is
under strict orders to rest at home,
his spokesman says. Tukoroirangi
Morgan said King Tuheitia was
discharged from Waikato Hospital
on Sunday and was now resting at
home. Mr Morgan is undertaking
the king’s speaking arrangements and
official engagements as he recovers.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Police hunt robber
Subway sandwich shop in Taranaki
last evening has yet to be caught by
police. Police central communications
centre Inspector Dave Rose said they
were called to the shop at South
Road in Hawera just before 7pm.
The man had pointed a firearm at the
worker and demanded money before
fleeing, he said. The worker was not
injured. — APNZ
Numbers in Keno draw No 10160:
47, 51, 52, 55, 67, 70, 71, 80. Draw No
10161: 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 25, 27, 33,
35, 38, 40, 45, 52, 56, 63, 69, 71, 72.
Draw No 10162: 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 18,
30, 31, 34, 37, 39, 44, 45, 49, 60, 65, 66,
74, 79. Draw No 10163: 4, 12, 16, 23,
28, 29, 30, 33, 35, 42, 46, 50, 55, 56, 57,
59, 64, 69, 74, 77.
Cook Strait ferry out of action
Dunedin City Council group manager
Kevin Thompson has become the second
senior staff member to resign as the
Citifleet scandal continues to grow.
The decision by Mr Thompson, the
council’s regulatory ser vices group
manager, was announced in a brief
statement issued late yesterday afternoon.
It came just days after Mr Thompson’s
boss, council infrastructure and networks
group manager Tony Avery, also opted to
resign last week.
Mr Thompson contacted last night
would only say: “It’s an end of a chapter
in my life. ” Close colleagues at the
council declined to comment.
It is understood that — unlike Mr
Avery — Mr Thompson was among five
council staff involved in an employment
process in recent weeks.
That followed the completion of
Deloitte’s investigation into the alleged
Citifleet fraud, involving the sale of 152
cars, and the pocketing of more than
$1.5 million in proceeds, over more than
Dr Bidrose said Deloitte’s findings
did not indicate Mr Thompson “was
involved with, or was implicated in, any
alleged fraud”. — Otago Daily Times
Armed police have been called to the
Blenheim Work and Income office after
a telephone threat was made to a worker.
Police spokeswoman Barbara Dunn
said the office had been shut down by
“Armed police are keeping it secure and
the armed offenders squad are working
to identify and locate the caller,” she said.
The office is located at 3 Alfred Street.
The telephone threat comes after two
Winz workers were killed and a third
seriously injured in a shooting at the
Ashburton office yesterday. — APNZ
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Police at the Ashburton Work and Income Centre after two people were shot
dead yesterday morning.
Russel John Tully has appeared in the
Christchurch District Court over the
Ashburton Work and Income shooting.
He faced two charges of murder and
one of attempted murder.
The 48-year-old was remanded in
custody to reappear on September 23.
Court documents named the victims as
Susan Cleveland and Peggy Noble.
Lindy Curtis was seriously injured.
Tully limped into the dock in bare feet
and bloodied bandages on his legs from
dog bites suffered during his arrest.
He wore blue track pants and a blue
shirt and his shaven head revealed
further scars and scratches.
No application for bail was made, and
the judge denied all media requests to
film and photograph him.
Tully was a sick, homeless man who
had returned to Ashburton to die.
But a mate says his old friend was
a “good, normal lad” who once had a
bright future ahead of him.
Tully, known as John, approached
the Ashburton Guardian last month
to air his frustrations over the lack of
accommodation in his home town for
people in his situation.
Tully said he had moved back to
Ashburton to die from an unidentified
skin disease which caused boil-type
lumps if untreated, which had tightened
his joints and caused limited movement.
He had been working in the mines in
Australia before that.
The 48-year-old was on a disability
benefit and said his doctor had told him
he should have a mobility scooter.
After a falling out with his flatmate,
Tully was living rough while on the
waiting list for a Housing New Zealand
Presbyterian Support, through the
emergency housing fund, housed him for
four nights and Tully said he had been in
touch with Housing New Zealand and
Winz, Ashburton mayor Angus McKay
and Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew ’s office.
Development Paula Bennett said the
suspect had been issued a trespass notice
from the Ashburton Winz offices last
week for intimidating behaviour.
He had also been issued a trespass
notice by Presbyterian Support, which
was locked down immediately after
As a cry for help he pitched his tent
openly at the Ashburton Domain,
but after visits from security and 27
telephone calls to the police from
concerned members of the public, he
was moved on. He said he slept in his
car, but then had to sell it to get some
money. Days later, with no solution
found, Tully told the Guardian he would
contact Winston Peters with his story.
On August 14, he e-mailed New
Zealand First staff and the offices of the
Speaker and ministers Gerry Brownlee
and Paula Bennett, among others.
New Zealand First press secretary
Judith Hughey said that a reply was
immediately sent to Tully and several
follow up e-mails were sent. Those
e-mails bounced back.
Donn McLaren was stunned when
he heard his old school mate was being
hunted by police after yesterday’s triple
The pair shared sporting interests
and socialised together as teenagers
and young adults. They caught up
occasionally if Tully was home in
Ashburton and Mr McLaren described
him as a “good, normal lad”.
“ He worked in Ashburton and did
his diesel mechanic’s apprenticeship at
Candy’s and then in his mid to late 20s
headed off to the mines in Australia. ”
Mr McLaren said he caught up with
Tully about six years ago and it appeared
his life was pretty much on track. He
recalls that Tully’s mother died when he
was at college and his father shortly after.
He believes he has a sister. Back then he
was known as Russell. They reconnected
“He was a fun kind of guy. A big bloke.
He was a great rugby player, a guy with a
lot of future ahead of him.”
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
The deaths of two people, and serious
injury to a third, from yesterday ’s
shooting at the local Work and Income
branch has left many members of the
Mid-Canterbury community wondering
how it went so wrong.
Ashburton District Mayor Angus
McKay, who grew up in nearby Methven,
last night vowed his community would
“ work through this” together.
“I urge everybody to look after
themselves and each other through
this time. We will work through this
as a community. Resilience is there,” he
Local MP Jo Goodhew, who had
previously met 48-year-old Russell John
Tully — the man in police custody over
the shootings — echoed Mr McKay’s
sentiments, and warned the town had a
tough time ahead.
“An extreme tragedy has occurred . . .
and it will be felt for a very long time
Messages of support from around New
Zealand also flowed.
Prime Minister John Key offered
his “sincere condolences” to family
members and friends of the dead and
“There will be many questions to be
asked and answered in the coming days
about how this happened.”
The Public Ser vice Association said it
would be supporting its members from
the Ashburton Work and Income during
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,”
national secretary Richard Wagstaff
said. “ Nobody should go to work in the
morning without returning home that
Paula Bennett described yesterday
as an “incredibly sad day ” which had
devastated families, friends and co-
workers and rocked the country.
The triple shooting could see the
Ministry of Social Development taking
a hard look at security protocols on all
of its sites.
— APNZ-Ashburton Guardian
The Fire Ser vice has slammed
those responsible for a string
of suspected arsons in south
Dunedin last night.
Senior station officer Lindsay
Rae, of the Dunedin central
station, said firefighters were
called to three suspected arsons,
which were lit between just before
8.30pm and just before 9pm.
They were first called to a skip
fire in Grosvenor Street and,
while that was going, they were
called to a fire which caused
“considerable damage” to CT
Electrical in Lorne Street.
However, it could have been a
“It could have been catastrophic
because it was under an
overhanging building and had
we not arrived when we did, the
building would have been well
alight in no time at all. ”
While two fire appliances
were putting out the fire at CT
Electrical, a third was called to
a fire 200m away in Broughton
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said
there was no significant damage
in the other two blazes.
Mr Rae criticised the actions of
those who lit the fires, saying he
was disappointed with their “total
irresponsibility” and disregard for
Acting senior sergeant Ben
Butterfield, of the southern district
command centre, said the fires
were being treated as suspicious.
Two youths had been seen
running down Lorne Street after
one of the fires and police were
keen to hear from anyone who
had seen suspicious activity in the
area. — Otago Daily Times
Arsons ‘could have been catastrophic’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters work to put out a fire in Lorne Street, south Dunedin, last night.
Mayor vows town will ‘work
through this’ together
The board of Lyttelton Port
Co has backed a takeover bid by
council subsidiary Christchurch
City Holdings, and will resolve to
pay a special dividend to existing
investment and infrastructure unit,
which already owns about 79.6% of
the port, has entered into a lock-up
agreement with Port Otago for its
15.5% holding, and will offer $3.95 a
share to mop up the remaining stock.
Having crossed the 90% threshold
with the lock-up agreement, it can
enforce Takeover Code provisions to
compulsorily acquire the remaining
The port ’s directors also resolved to
pay a fully-imputed special dividend
of 20c per share, provided certain
conditions were met. The dividend
is payable on September 18 with a
September 16 record date.
“The board urges shareholders
to do nothing in respect of the
offer until they receive the target
company statement (including the
board’s full recommendation) and
the independent adviser’s report,” it
The announcement came after the
c lose of trading, and the shares were
unchanged at $4.11.
Last week Lyttelton Port reported
a net profit of $343.2 million in the
year ended June 30, swelled by a
$328.2 million insurance payment.
Underlying earnings, excluding the
earthquake payments, were flat at
$15.1 million, the lower end of its
forecast range of $15 million to $16
million, as expenses rose faster than
sales. — APNZ
Port board backs council takeover
An inquiry into the events
surrounding Judith Collins’
downfall will not examine the
relationship between her and Whale
Oil blogger Cameron Slater or the
Serious Fraud Office investigation
into Hanover Finance, Prime
Minister John Key says.
Opposition parties are calling for
a broad inquiry, but Mr Key said
it will instead be confined to the
conduct of Ms Collins and her
relationship with Adam Feeley, the
former head of the SFO.
Ms Collins is accused of trying to
undermine Mr Feeley when she was
Minister of Police. An e-mail from
Slater in 2011 said the minister
was “gunning for” Feeley. She has
denied any wrongdoing.
Other private e-mails released
over the weekend appear to show
right-wing bloggers were being
paid to run a smear campaign
against the Financial Markets
Authority and SFO, overseen by
Carrick Graham, the then-PR
handler for former Hanover boss
The terms of reference will be
released today or tomorrow, but
Mr Key outlined the nature of the
inquiry during his post-Cabinet
press conference yesterday.
Opposition parties are asking
for a Commission of Inquiry or a
Royal Commission to look into
wider issues raised in Nicky Hager’s
Dirty Politics book, including the
possible misuse of information by
ministerial offices and government
departments, and the accessing of
Labour’s computer system by Jason
Ede, who was then working in the
Prime Minister’s office.
But Mr Key rejected a broader
inquiry. “I just don’t think that ’s
warranted. The Opposition would
want to make those claims because
they simply want to use this as a
way to make it bigger than it is, or
to smear the Government.
“This sort of quaint little notion
that there’s a lot more going on, or
that the left of politics don’t talk to
bloggers, don’t do things, all the rest
of it, it ’s a lovely little notion that
might be running around in David
Cunliffe’s head but it’s (not true).”
He noted the release of SIS
information to Mr Slater was being
investigated, and invited the public
to make police complaints if they
had any criminal suspicions about
the SFO investigation or other
He said it will be independent,
probably chaired by a retired judge
or a QC, and include all the powers
in the Inquiries Act, passed last
He would not say if the terms of
reference would allow the inquiry
to expand during its work.
“ It won’t be a Royal Commission.”
It will also not look into Ms
Collins’s conduct when she gave
the details of a public ser vant to Mr
Slater, who then abused the public
ser vant on his website, prompting
“ It was dealt with when I looked
at it and said it was unwise,” Mr
“ It ’s not in dispute that she gave
those details. I could spend time
on that, but I don’t think it’s really
Under the Inquiries Act, public
or government inquiries have
the power to summon witnesses
and order evidence including
documents or other information.
Refusal could see a conviction and
a $10,000 fine.
Mr Key said he did not condone
what seemed to be a smear
campaign against the SFO, but
said there was no evidence to
suggest that it affected the SFO’s
Meanwhile, he confirmed that his
office’s staff will give evidence to the
Inspector-General of Intelligence
and Security, who is investigating
the release of security information
to Mr Slater.
Mr Cunliffe told Radio New
Zealand this morning that his
party had submitted the terms of
reference it would like to see.
“ We think this is a pretty major
thing, it goes to the heart of public
confidence in our democracy,” he
“ We’d like it (the inquiry) to be
above party politics and have broad
support and agreement, and we
warmly invite the Prime Minister to
consider the draft terms of reference
that we’re putting for ward.”
The Labour leader said he “may
well” make those terms public, but
only after Mr Key had time to
consider them and put for ward his
terms for the inquiry.
“I”m not doing this as a publicity
stunt so I think the appropriate
sequencing is for the Prime
Minister to have the opportunity to
consider the draft terms of reference
that we’re suggesting,” he said.
“ We’re copying it to other party
leaders because we’re wanting to
take a multi partisan approach
to this, but I do think the Prime
Minister deser ves the opportunity
to consider it himself first and
hopefully respond to it in a proper
He did not rule out extending the
reach of the inquiry if he is elected
to Prime Minister later this month,
and was unhappy with Mr Key ’s
terms, “subject to how far through
the process it is”.
“ We would certainly reser ve
the right to broaden the terms
of references of the inquiry post-
election because we believe that
public confidence in democracy,
and New Zealanders confidence
in the operations of government
to operate fairly and transparently
within the law, those have been
called into question.”
Mr Cunliffe also said a full inquiry
may lead to the reopening of the
Hanover Finance investigation if
wrongdoing was found.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
Whale Oil left
out of probe
A 38-year-old Hastings man has been
arrested after he allegedly threatened an
employee at the Hastings Winz office
yesterday afternoon armed with a knife.
Police were called to the office around
3.20pm today after the man was
overheard making threats to Winz staff.
Armed police responded and arrested
the man within 10 minutes. He was
allegedly found in possession of a knife.
The man is currently in custody and will
appear in the Hastings District Court
today. — APNZ-Hawke’s Bay Today
Professional skier Pete Oswald will be
able to spin this yarn for years.
The Q ueenstown man was high in
the Hector Mountains yesterday on a
photo shoot for Snow Action Magazine
with Southern Lakes Heliski when an
exhausted sheep slid into his life.
Mr Oswald said he was waiting for
photographer Dan Power to set up a
shot on the last run of the day when a
piece of snow hit the back of one of his
ski boots, causing him to scan the slopes
About 100m away he spotted “a little
bundle of wool” at the bottom of a groove
carved by the sheep as it slid down a
steep, rock-strewn slope.
He found the animal lying with its
head tucked awkwardly under its body,
but alive and “wriggling”.
Drawing on his boyhood spent on a
Marlborough farm, Mr Oswald raised it
to its feet.
“It was trying to walk away, but it was
exhausted — it would take a few steps
and then lose its footing.”
He then effected what must be one of
the world’s few sheep rescues conducted
on skis, picking up the ailing animal and
carrying it several hundred metres down
the mountain to a flatter, grassy spot.
After talking to his father about
the incident, he reckoned the well-
camouflaged animal would have escaped
a muster or two and been roaming high
on the range for some time.
He expected it to make a full recovery.
— Otago Daily Times
Some Cook Strait ferry crossings
have been cancelled today after
mechanical problems with the
Kaitaki ferry, Kiwi Rail says.
Today’s 8.45am, 1.45pm and 8pm
Kaitaki sailings were cancelled as
well as the ferry’s return trip due to
leave Picton at 1.05am tomorrow.
The Kaitaki suffered a coupling
failure on a shaft generator, Kiwi
Rail spokesman Michael Flyger said.
The problem meant the ship was
unable to sail for the rest of the day.
Work was being done to solve the
problem and freight and passengers
were being transferred to the Aratere
where possible, he said. The latest
woes follow almost a year of mishaps
with the ferries. — APNZ
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