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One dead in
One person has reportedly died
after a dive trip on the North
Island’s East Coast went wrong
today. Three people were reported
to be aboard a boat at White Rock
reef at Table Cape on the east side
of Mahia Peninsula this morning
when it capsized. A teenager swam
to shore in the inaccessible area
before apparently running for an
hour to raise the alarm. Police were
notified at 11.30am and emergency
services were sent to the scene.
Three people managed to
escape their submerged car this
morning after it plunged into the
Waikato River. Police Northern
Communications shift inspector
Duncan Hall said the car had
entered the river following a crash.
The three occupants of the vehicle
managed to escape without issue, he
said. Radio New Zealand reported
the crash occurred north of a
bridge on State highway 1 at about
2.20am. Another car was involved
but the details of its involvement
were not immediately available.
Boy dies from
A 12-year-old boy who suffered a
critical chest wound at a property in
Pongakawa, near Te Puke yesterday
afternoon, has died. Police said a
post-mortem examination would be
carried out later today to establish
the cause of death. An investigation
was continuing to confirm the
circumstances surrounding the
death. Police were called to the
address about 4pm yesterday where
they found the injured boy. They
helped family members give CPR
until ambulance staff arrived and
took over, police said yesterday.
Police said the boy would be named
tomorrow. — N ZM E
Big Wednesday draw No 472: 4, 6,
8, 9, 31, 35. Coin toss, Heads. Keno
draw No 10421: 1, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13,
16, 18, 21, 24, 29, 37, 39, 43, 44,
47, 58, 67, 78, 80. Keno draw No
10422: 2, 3, 4, 7, 16, 19, 21, 22, 27,
40, 47, 48, 54, 55, 61, 65, 66, 67, 72,
75. Keno draw No 10423: 2, 5, 10,
16, 23, 27, 28, 31, 32, 35, 37, 38, 39,
47, 48, 50, 56, 59, 63, 75. Keno draw
No 10424: 3, 8, 10, 12, 19, 23, 30,
31, 34, 35, 38, 42, 55, 61, 65, 66, 73,
76, 77, 79.
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DECLINERS: 18 TRADED: 84
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A forensic scientist says she has
“extremely strong scientific support ”
to conclude a teenage girl’s DNA
was found on the fingernails of the
ambulance officer accused of sexually
Forensic scientist Joanna Beth, a
specialist in forensic biology, said
she tested Christopher Roger King’s
fingernail clippings and swabs, as
well as swabs taken from the teenage
The 47-year-old King is on trial
at the Napier District Court this
week and is facing eight sex charges,
including sexual violation, stupefying
and making intimate visual recordings
of a then 15-year-old girl.
He denies all the charges which were
made by four female complainants,
aged 15 to 57, between 2010 and 2013.
Ms Beth said she found “extremely
strong scientific support that (the
complainant ’s) DNA was on (King’s)
fingernail clippings”, which were taken
from his right hand.
However, swabs taken from the
teenage girl showed no trace of King’s
DNA, but her then boyfriend ’s DNA
was likely detected.
While under cross-examination
from King’s lawyer, Bill Calver, Ms
Beth said she “can’t exclude” touching
a patient with ungloved hands for a
medical examination may have caused
the transfer of DNA.
Yesterday, expert witness Christopher
Don, who works at the police electronic
crime laboratory in Auckland, gave
evidence about his finding relating to
Mr Don said he analysed the digital
data on King’s cellphone after it was
seized as evidence by Hawke’s Bay
detective Michael Signal.
The Crown alleges King used his
Samsung Galaxy phone to record
intimate videos of the teen on July
24, last year, while Crown prosecutor
Steve Manning has said one of videos
was filmed when King’s ambulance
stopped on the side of the road near
Waipawa between 3.10pm and
During his investigations, Mr Don
said he discovered a second video
was created on King’s Samsung at
3:27:11pm. Four minutes and 40
seconds later, the teenage complainant
fled from the rear of the ambulance
and into the arms of a delivery driver
as he walked out the front doors of a
Mr Don said data showed the second
video was deleted at 3:31:13pm while
the first video was deleted five seconds
later at 3:31:18pm.
The trial is expected to continue into
next week. — NZME
Scientist: DNA on
ambulance officer’s nails
A former award-winning real estate
agent turned large-scale P dealer has
been jailed for more than nine years.
Brett Campbell Bogue, 44, pleaded
guilty to six charges covering
class-A drug offending and unlawful
possession of a pistol and was
sentenced in the High Court at
He was snared in a police
investigation dubbed Operation
Enzone, which caught him dealing
methamphetamine worth about
$750,000 in Auckland, Northland
and Napier over three and a half
months in 2012.
manufactured by Frank William
Murray, 45, at a farm in Herekino, in
the Far North.
That was where $100,000 was found
buried in a rusty ammunition tin
hidden in thick undergrowth, when
police executed search warrants.
The High Court in Auckland heard
today that Bogue had only a minor
misdemeanour on his criminal
record and his offending had started
after being introduced to the drug by
friends three years ago.
accepted there was an element of
commerciality to his crimes but it
was driven by his addiction.
Bogue achieved success as a real
estate agent for Ray White and had
led a “respectable and productive
life” until he got hooked on P, Mr
communications between July and
October 2012 showed the offender
had diverted his attention from
selling houses to selling meth.
During the period, he supplied
or offered to supply 755gm and
the Crown said the dealing
was aggravated by the fact
he also supplied 10 litres of
hypophosphorous acid to Murray —
enough to produce more than 9kg of
Murray, who was found to have
manufactured more than $2 million
four-year period, was jailed for 19
years earlier this year. — N ZM E
Firefighters tend to an overturned Toyota Land Cruiser on farmland beside Akatore Road, near Taieri
Mouth, yesterday. Five Chinese tourists in the vehicle sustained minor injuries in the crash, which occurred
about 4.20pm, Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator senior sergeant Dave Scott said.
The group included three adults in their 30s and two children aged four and four months. “ They were on a
gravel road and unused to driving in New Zealand conditions and the vehicle has overturned and rolled down
a bank.” The tourists sustained “bumps and bruises” and were treated at the scene, he said. Both children were
restrained in car seats.
PICTURE: NZ Police
‘Bumps and bruises’ in crash
palings were used as weapons after
a party in Tauranga erupted in
The brawl involving about 10
people broke out on Monday night
after the party on 18th Avenue
spiralled out of control.
condition they were not named, said
the continuous boom of fireworks
started about 8.30pm and continued
for a couple of hours.
“It was like thunder and lightning
and so loud. Some of the fireworks
ended up shooting down the street
and not into the sky,” one said.
screaming and yelling about 11pm
and said a big brawl erupted on the
“A car pulled up and people jumped
out and there was this big punch up.
They ripped batons off the fence to
whack each other. It was frightening.”
One neighbour saw a car hit a
man and thought the man was dead
after he was “flipped ” in the air and
“straight on the ground ”.
“After about four minutes he got
up and stumbled about. He looked
like he had concussion anyway and
wandered off down the road,” they
“ I heard he ended up in hospital.”
Another neighbour said: “I heard
all the commotion and went out
there and the guy was laying on the
road ... and he looked quite bad to
start with. Then he got up looking a
bit dazed, left his shoes and walked
off up the street.”
A person at the property concerned
said they had just finished celebrating
Guy Fawkes with their children
when a group of people turned up —
“and it went haywire”.
“That is what they get when they
come up to people’s houses in their
scarves and stand over them. They
came from another party and were
Detective senior sergeant Greg
Turner said the person taken to
Tauranga Hospital with minor
injuries and later discharged was
refusing to co-operate and the matter
was no longer being investigated.
— Bay of Plenty Times
Man hit by car as party
turns into melee
John Key has promised the Security
Intelligence Ser vice will get more
powers and staff to respond rapidly
to potential threats by New Zealand-
based supporters of the jihadist
terrorist group Islamic State (IS) that
has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria.
He has also signalled a more active
role for New Zealand in the Five Eyes
intelligence alliance with the United
States, Britain, Australia and Canada.
And in an indirect criticism of Israel,
he said the high number of civilian
casualties in Gaza recently and the
lack of movement on a two-state
solution in relation to Palestine made
the task of recruiters to extremist
causes “a significantly easier one”.
The Prime Minister said yesterday
that up to 40 people were on a watch
list for New Zealand agencies in the
foreign fighter context and another
40 required investigation. Since a
law was passed in 2005 allowing the
cancellation of passports, nine have
been cancelled, most in the past two
or three years. Five New Zealanders
were known to be fighting in Syria.
Under proposed law changes, the
SIS would be able to conduct video
sur veillance on private property with
a warrant and SIS director Rebecca
Kitteridge would be able to authorise
emergency sur veillance for up to 48
hours without a warrant.
Ms Kitteridge would have to be
satisfied that the threshold for issuing
a warrant would be met and Mr Key
would expect the ser vice to declare
how many times it used the power.
If a warrant were to be subsequently
turned down by Chris Finlayson
and the Commissioner of Security
Warrants, any material collected
during the sur veillance would
have to be destroyed, Mr Key said.
Labour will support the legislation
but cautioned against emergency
warrants becoming the norm.
Mr Key also announced a $7 million
boost for the agency to be used over
this year and the next financial year
to boost staff, at present 250, and
capability in his first major national
He outlined a series of measures
which he said needed to be passed
quickly because of the rapidly
evolving environment and the highly
skilled use of the internet by Isis to
recruit and spread extremist material.
Mr Key said the support of the Five
Eyes partners would be an important
part of how New Zealand dealt with
the threat of IS at home and abroad.
He said he would not go into details
about what the agencies would be
doing. — New Zealand Herald
PM to ramp up security powers Wellington
The Interislander ferry Arahura was
stranded in Wellington Harbour with
61 passengers aboard after losing
power this morning.
The ferry lost power to its
propulsion shafts coming into berth
in Wellington just before 10am,
Interislander said in a statement.
Both of the ship’s anchors were
deployed and two tugboats were
holding the boat steady before they
helped the ship berth.
The master was in communication
with the 61 passengers on board
and Interislander said there was no
danger to the vessel or its passengers.
61 passengers stuck on ferry after power loss
A man killed while lying on an unlit
rural road in Hunua on Sunday has
Myron Strang, 43, of Hunua, was
run over on Hunua Road, east of
Papakura, about 4am on Sunday.
Papakura sergeant Darryll Horn
said on Sunday it was understood
that Mr Strang was lying on the road
before he was run over and he later
died at the scene.
The driver of the car remained at the
scene and co-operated with police, he
Police serious crash investigator
constable Hollie Given today said the
investigation into the incident was
ongoing and police were still wanting
to hear from any witnesses to the
crash or anyone who may have seen
Mr Strang on the road on Saturday
night or Sunday morning.
Police were also appealing for a
woman who was given a ride in the
area at the time to come for ward, Ms
“A man driving through the Hunua
Gorge was waved down by a woman at
around 4am on Sunday morning. This
motorist dropped her at a Valentine
Street address in Papakura. We’d like
to identify this woman and see if she
can assist with our investigation.”
The woman was distressed when she
was picked up, and stated that she had
been drinking, Ms Given said.
She was described as Maori or
Polynesian, wearing black tight shorts
to her knees and a blue sweatshirt,
and had black hair in a ponytail.
“ We ask that this woman gets in
touch with us as soon as possible,” Ms
“ We believe that someone on
Valentine Street will know who this
is. Anyone who had a woman fitting
this description come home on
Sunday morning around 4am should
let us know.” — NZME
Police are investigating whether
two Kerikeri men arrested after they
were allegedly spotted breaking into
a home are also linked to a series of
burglaries in the same area.
The pair, aged 17 and 22, were in
a group of three men and a woman
who tried to flee in a blue Mitsubishi
Pajero. They were nabbed in the
Kerikeri CBD about 2.15pm on
The arrested men face one charge
each of burglary. More arrests and
more charges may follow.
It is understood a member of the
public saw them breaking into a
property on Wharau Road, off
Kerikeri Inlet Road, about 1.30pm.
Police descended on the area in
large numbers but it is thought the
suspects initially went to ground.
four-wheel-drive was spotted by
police when they later tried to leave
Two men were led away for
questioning. — Northern Advocate
Pair suspected in series of burglaries
A group of 22 whales which
re-stranded on Bryan’s Beach near
Ohope in the Bay of Plenty have
Six of the whales had died
overnight, a further eight whales
died early this morning and the
decision was made to euthanise
the remaining eight whales
stranded on the beach about
Staff from the Department of
Conser vation and Project Jonah
found the whales in a poor state
of health when they arrived at the
beach early today.
Incident controller Jono Maxwell
said the decision to euthanise was
made based on the welfare of the
animals, the developing weather
conditions and the available
options for refloating the whales.
More than sixty whales were
involved in the stranding incidents
which started to unfold on
Project Jonah volunteers and
DOC staff were successful in
refloating 21 stranded whales
yesterday, but 22 returned to the
shore this morning.
A total of 48 whales have so far
Project Jonah’s general manager
Darren Grover thanked the
community who had been
involved in the operation so far.
“This is a sad outcome after
yesterday ’s successes. It’s worth
remembering that every moment
out of their natural environment
is a highly stressful time for these
DOC remains on standby and
will be monitoring the situation in
case any further groups of whales
come into difficulty. — NZ M E
Stranded whales all dead
Dead whales lie on a Bay of Plenty beach this morning.
The owners of two dogs that mauled
a little boy in Q ueenstown this week
are “distraught ”, his mother says.
The attack on the three-year-old
occurred outside a property in Herries
Lane, Lake Hayes Estate, about
4.45pm on Tuesday.
He was rushed to Lakes District
Hospital for treatment to three leg
lacerations, two of which needed
The boy ’s mother, who did not want
to be identified, said in a statement
released by the Queenstown Lakes
District Council that the dogs’ owners
had been “kind and co-operative”.
“They are distraught about what
has happened. We hope that no-one
else has to go through something like
this — it ’s been a ghastly experience.
I would hate to see something like
this repeated in our lovely community,
and hope this sends a message to dog
Senior constable Chris Blackford, of
Queenstown police, said the boy had
run away “yelling” from a barking dog.
He then fell over, and was bitten on
one leg by both dogs.
Council spokesman Andy Tebay
said the dogs, a Rottweiler and
impounded immediately after police
informed the council of the attack on
Tuesday evening. They would remain
impounded until the council had
completed an investigation.
Possible outcomes included the
issuing of an infringement notice,
classification of the dogs as menacing
or dangerous, prosecution of the
owners, and the destruction of either
or both dogs, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Owners ‘distraught’ over dog mauling
The Fire Service responded to 60
firework-related calls across the
country last night, yet none caused
any significant injuries.
Northern Fire Communications
shift manager Jaron Phillips said 60
calls were received between 6pm and
6am and 22 occurred in Auckland.
At about 9.45pm last night,
Christchurch fire crews responded
to a house in Aylmer Street in
Somerfield, he said.
“That ’s been caused by fireworks,
there was a fire in the roof cavity of
The house had one elderly female
occupant who was later checked over
by ambulance crews, Mr Phillips.
Auckland fire crews responded
to a house fire in Harania Avenue
in Favona which was caused by
fireworks which ignited a pile of
rubbish stacked on the side of the
house, he said.
In Hamilton, a house fire in
Patterson Street in Frankton at
10.10pm was initially reported as a
fire on top of the house’s roof, Mr
“But then we received a number of
calls saying that the house was on
fire. Everyone was accounted for.”
Four fire crews were called to the
fire and firefighters gained entry
to the roof area to stop the fire
spreading to adjoining flats, he
A fire ser vice investigator was
looking into the cause of the fire.
Southern Fire Communications
shift manager Tim Reynolds said
they responded to 14 firework-
related calls overnight.
“ We had a reasonable-sized
vegetation fire in Stoke, in the
Nelson area overnight.
The fire started about 10.30pm
and spread through a 50m by 50m
block of pine trees, Mr Reynolds
“It was what we call ‘second alarm’,
so they were there for some time at
the scene.” — NZME
Roof fire caused by fireworks
Recorded Music NZ has announced
that New Zealand ’s Official Top 40
Singles Chart and NZ Artists Singles
Chart will include on-demand
audio streaming data as well as
That means that along with
physical and digital sales, the chart
rankings will now also take into
account the number of streams a
track has received on platforms such
as Spotify, Google Play, and Xbox
Streaming has increasingly become
an important method of music
consumption internationally and
is seeing rapid adoption by New
Zealand music consumers — New
Zealanders stream an average of
three million tracks a day.
Music streaming revenues have
tripled since 2012 and now make up
nearly 20% of digital revenue.
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