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A doctor in a following race car
rushed to the aid of a father and son
injured in a high-speed crash in the
Targa South Island Rally in North
Otago yesterday afternoon.
The Wellington driver was trapped
from the waist down for more than
an hour and a-half in his 1992 Honda
Civic. After being freed, he was flown
to D unedin Hospital with serious leg
He was injured when the car went out
of control and smashed into a clay bank.
The co-driver — his son — was able
to get out of the wrecked vehicle, but
then collapsed from what appeared to
be shock, witnesses said.
One of the first on the scene was
the doctor, from Auckland, who was
in a following rally car. She cared for
both men and put the co-driver in the
Sergeant Peter Muldrew, of the
Oamaru highway patrol, said the driver
lost control of his vehicle after coming
over the brow of a hill, towards a left-
hand bend, at a “significant speed ’’.
The car ploughed straight ahead,
hitting a clay bank, then bounced off.
The rear of the car then hit the bank
again and the car rolled on its side, he
said. “ There are three things you don’t
want to hit — a tree, post or clay bank,’’
Emergency ser vices, including the
Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter,
were called to Glenn Settlement Road,
near Georgetown, about 4.20pm.
The driver’s side of the car took the
worst of the impact, trapping the driver
from just below his waist, Mr Muldrew
He remains in Dunedin Hospital with
serious leg injuries.
The co-driver was taken by ambulance
to Oamaru Hospital with what was
believed to be a broken wrist.
The rally continued today, as
scheduled, with stages in and around
Dunedin this morning and the Catlins
The “Battle for Our Birds”
programme moves to the Mt
Aspiring National Park near
Wanaka this month, with bait laced
with 1080 poison to be spread by
helicopter over 46,500ha.
The bait will be dropped at the
rate of 1kg-2kg from the floors to
the tops of eight valleys — the east
and west Matukituki, Cameron,
Young, Blue, Makarora, Siberia and
The poisoning programme being
run across large tracts of the North
and South islands is designed to kill
rats, mice, stoats and possums that
predate native birds such as mohua,
kaka, whio and kea.
In the Wanaka area, the
Department of Conser vation is
planning to operate helicopters
from two loading sites — one in the
Makarora area and the other in the
Conser vation ser vices manager
in Wanaka Chris Sydney said
yesterday the timing for the drop
was weather dependent.
“ Because we have two operations,
basically we need to have weather
windows of several days of fine
weather before we start. So, we can’t
pick a date.”
The availability of helicopters was
another factor in deciding when to
carry out the two operations.
helicopters to carry out a “pre-feed”
drop of bait only, followed a few
days later with a drop of poisoned
What type of helicopter and how
many would be used depended on
which company was contracted, Mr
DOC staff from around the
southern region would be brought
in to help clear tracks of poison bait.
Mr Sydney said notices about the
programme would be put on tracks
shortly, and tracks would be closed
on the day of each drop.
DOC would also email a long
list of people and organisations 24
hours before the operation starting.
Mr Sydney said trials to treat bait
so it was unpalatable to kea had not
been successful. “So, it’s not going
to be used. It ’s not effective.”
Bait will not be dropped in
specific water ways, higher alpine
tussock areas, areas next to pastoral
lease and freehold land, or around
huts and campsites.
— Otago Daily Times
of the New Zealand Herald
Three portraits by New Zealand
artist Charles Frederick Goldie
fetched almost $900,000 at auction
One of the three oil on canvas
paintings, Thoughts of a Tohunga,
Wharekauri Tahuna, sold for
$416,000, the highest price
reached at a New Zealand art
auction this year, according to
auctioneer Richard Thomson.
The successful bidder at the
auction of important, early and
rare art at the International Art
Centre in Parnell, Auckland, told
the Herald he was “buying for a
New Zealand client ” but would
not give more details.
Bidding had started at $300,000,
rapidly climbing to $340,000
auctioneer’s invitation to go to
The buyer’s premium brought it
up to $416,000.
The artwork had been estimated
to bring between $350,000 and
The other two pieces were also
sold to New Zealanders, both from
The Weariness of the Aged sold
for $257,450. Bidding starting at
$150,000 and went up in $10,000
People standing with the female
buyer as she examined the painting
told the Herald she did not want
Bidding for the third painting,
No Koora te Cigaretti, Portrait of
Kapi Kapi, stopped at $175,000
with the highest bidder going
into negotiation. The portrait
eventually sold for $205,000.
“It was a very good sale and there
were good prices for some of the
big items,” Mr Thomson said.
More than 100 people packed
the auction room.
There have been higher prices
for Goldie portraits: the centre
sold one last November, Kawhena,
Johnny Coffin, for $732,800.
In 2010, the centre reached the
second highest price, of $573,000,
for Forty Winks, which was sold
by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.
Goldie died in in 1947.
spreads to Otago
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Duntroon firefighter Brittany Herrick, left, and Targa South Island accident investigator Neil Madden inspect the wreckage of the Honda Civic after its driver
was cut out.
Rally driver’s legs crushed in crash
Christchurch businessman Mike Pero
is facing High Court action from the
mortgage broking company he set up
more than two decades ago and which
still bears his name.
The nature of Mike Pero Mortgages’
claim against its founder, although
surfacing during an Auckland hearing
yesterday, was kept under wraps by
Associate Judge John Matthews, who
did not permit the reporting of it.
Although he is its public face, Pero
does not own any of the mortgage
business and left its board in June of this
Since then, Mike Pero Mortgages
which claims to be New Zealand’s
largest mortgage broking company
has filed two different sets of High
Court proceedings against Pero or a firm
The first is an application to set aside
a demand for payment of directors fees
issued against the mortgage company by
Mike Pero Marketing.
Pero, who yesterday would not reveal
the amount involved, is the sole director
and part owner of the marketing
Both the marketing and the mortgage
firms are joint-shareholders of the
company which owns Mike Pero Real
Estate, a separate business of which Pero
is chief executive.
The second set of action filed by the
mortgage firm is against both Pero
personally and the marketing company
but the New Zealand Herald is not, at
least at this time, allowed to report the
allegations in this proceeding.
Pero and the marketing company have
applied for orders to stop lawyers at firm
Buddle Findlay acting for the mortgage
business in the two sets of litigation.
Lawyer David Bigio, in arguing for
this application before Associate Judge
Matthews yesterday, said Pero had
enjoyed a relationship with Buddle
Findlay since 2007.
The firm was already acting for Pero
on unrelated litigation in Christchurch,
Bigio said, when it was instructed by
the mortgage business for the present
disputes and Pero “perceived there to
be a conflict of interest ” and raised the
matter immediately with the firm.
Associate Judge Matthews reser ved his
decision on the application.
— New Zealand Herald
Goldie portraits fetch $900,000
Thoughts of a Tohunga,
Wharekauri Tahuna, sold for
$416,000 last night at auction.
Pero sued by his own company
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