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A woman driving alone at night
was forced off the road by two men
in another vehicle who then stole
her car in a brazen carjacking.
The terrifying incident in West
Auckland has left 22-year-old
Chanelle Warne shaken and
hesitant to drive when it is dark.
Police have arrested a man after
a high-speed chase, but a second
man is still at large.
Ms Warne was driving to a friend’s
home on Forest Hill Road, which
leads into the Waitakere Ranges,
about 10.30pm on Tuesday when a
car she was following pulled into a
She passed the vehicle, a stolen
Mitsubishi Legnum, but then
on a remote, unlit section of road
it reappeared and aggressively
“ I pulled over to the left to let it
past. And it started swer ving into
could,” Ms Warne said.
Two men in the car had their
windows down and opened the
rear door, yelling at her to get in.
They were aged in their 20s to
early 30s, and one wore gloves.
Cornered and unable to reverse
in the darkness, she grabbed her
phone, c limbed out on to the road
and started to back away from both
The driver of the Mitsubishi
climbed into the driver’s seat of Ms
Warne’s R32 Skyline.
She was on the phone to the police
as the man’s friend drove off in the
Mitsubishi. Shortly after wards,
another car came towards them.
“I was yelling and screaming at it
to stop. I hopped into this random
person’s car, and I made them take
me 700m up the road to my friend’s
place where I was going.
“ I don’t know who helped me but
I am so grateful that they even took
me there. ”
When the police arrived at the
home of Ms Warne’s friend, the
noise from her Skyline’s engine
could be heard echoing through
Ms Warne’s car was crashed into
a power pole during a police chase.
Ms Warne, who works in
advertising at NZME, the Herald’s
parent company, also lost a handbag
containing her passport, wallet,
iPad, camera and other belongings.
Due to fly out tomorrow for a
holiday in the United States, she
had to apply for an emergency
passport. But more concerning
to her was the loss of her blue
Skyline — with the personalised
XWESTX plate — that she has
owned since she was 15.
“I love that car. It is a love-hate
relationship. It costs me so much
money but I love it so much.”
Soon after the carjacking, Ms
Warne appealed on Facebook for
sightings of her car.
“They had a high-speed police
chase — apparently the helicopter
was involved — on Christmas Eve
about 6.30pm. They crashed it into
a pole and wrote it off.”
Police arrested the sole occupant
and recovered Ms Warne’s camera
and a gift card, but the other man
was still at large last night.
Police spokeswoman Kimberley
Mathews said a man would appear
in Manukau District Court this
month to face charges including
reckless driving and failing to stop.
“ Investigations into the robbery
of the vehicle are ongoing
and further charges are likely.”
New Zealand Herald
Debra, Darcy and Sarina
would like to thank
everyone for the cards,
flowers and phone calls
expressing sympathy on
the loss of a loving wife,
Please accept this mes-
sage as a personal
May. — Died December
27, 1989. A loving,
mother, wife and grand-
mother. Dearly missed
and loved by all who
Love from Margaret,
Mary and Tony, and
Old Fashioned Values,
Old Fashioned Ethics
— Precious memories of
my son tragically taken
13 years ago.
There's an unbroken
thread that is woven
Love lives on forever in
Of those who've shared
And all the happiness
For nothing's as real as
the moments we shared.
Love lives on forever.
It will never fade away.
For in my heart, my
loved one is with me
All my love.
DRAKE, Darrien Lee.
— Passed away 2005,
Sadly missed but never
Stephen, Reed and Nate.
DRAKE, Darrien Lee.
February 24, 1950 to
December 27, 2005.
Time passes by,
Loved and missed.
Bill and family.
Mary. — 1958-1981.
Where ravens fly
Herbert. — Crossed his
last bridge peacefully on
Christmas Day 2014,
aged 89. Much loved
husband of the late June
, treasured father and
father-in-law of Lesley
and Jeff, Chris and Mart,
Mackley and Debbie,
Judith and Allan, and
Graham and Sue, cher-
ished grandfather and
great grandfather of
Olivia, Charlotte, Brit-
tany, Frank, Matthew,
Rachael, Fergus, Mack-
Elliott, Lydia, Ingrid,
Jason, Stevie, Meg and
their children, loved
brother of Jim, Jean,
Eila, David and the late
Ron, George, Gordon
and Jack. Mack - a loyal
friend and true pioneer.
Dulcius ex asperis. Mes-
sages to 80 Rutherglen
Road, Paroa, Grey-
mouth. 7805. A service
to celebrate Mackley's
life will be held in Holy
Church, Tainui Street,
Greymouth on Monday
at 2pm, followed by
burial with his wife at
the Karoro Cemetery.
— Westland Funeral
Services Ltd. Phone
(03) 768 0250. FDANZ.
BOND, Sally Clare
(Betty) — Peacefully at
Rita Angus Retirement
Village on December
25, 2014. Loved mother
and mother-in-law of
John, Mary, David,
Sally, Jim. Loved grand-
mother of Pippin and
Rilla, Ruby and Adam,
grandmother to Maxime.
Messages to the Bond
family may be left in
Sally's tribute book at
posted c/ PO Box
14-366, Kilbirnie 6241.
A service to celebrate
Sally's life will be held
at the Cockburn Street
Chapel, cnr Cockburn
Street and Onepu Road,
Kilbirnie, Wellington on
Monday January 5, 2015
at 11am, followed by
Harbour City Funeral
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Carjacking terrifies driver
Beachgoers watched in horror as a small
plane carrying three people spluttered
and crashed into Raglan Harbour
yesterday, narrowly avoiding hundreds of
The trio in the Piper Cherokee, all
believed to be from Auckland, emerged
from the plane shortly after it hit the water
about 100m from the shoreline near Raglan
Kopua Holiday Park.
Hundreds of beachgoers were enjoying the
fine weather nearby and witnesses believe
the desperate pilot acted to avoid hitting
The crashed aircraft ’s occupants were
quickly surrounded by boaties, who took
them to shore where an ambulance and the
Westpac rescue helicopter were waiting.
Last night, a 26-year-old woman was in
a serious but stable condition in Waikato
Hospital and two men — believed to be
her husband and brother — were due to be
Lane Hannah watched the drama unfold.
He was driving in Raglan’s township when
he saw the plane coming back towards the
“I said to my wife, ‘Oh geez, that plane
doesn’t look like it ’s going to hit the
runway ’. It looked like it was coming in on
an odd angle and it was pretty low at the
A couple of minutes later, the sirens of
emergency ser vices were sounding and
people were running towards the harbour.
When Mr Hannah, who is on holiday
from Auckland, got to the beach there was
“ just a bit of a tail sticking out of the water”.
“They are quite lucky, really, in a sense,
that this hit the water as opposed to getting
any closer (to the runway). Because it is
effectively parallel with a grass area where
there are hundreds of people.”
Mr Hannah said he saw the woman from
the plane being taken to an ambulance,
which then drove to an open area where she
was transferred into the waiting Westpac
Maria Puaula, who was about to start
her shift at the Raglan Kopua Holiday
Park, said: “People were just looking up
and thinking what the ...?’ and then it
Ms Puaula was walking over the bridge on
Raglan Harbour with some friends when
she heard the plane, “ but it just seemed to
“ We thought, ‘That doesn’t sound good’, so
we looked up and it was quite low.”
Ms Puaula said the plane swer ved to miss
the township and headed left towards the
She thought the plane was going to
recover but it hovered and then crashed
about 100m offshore.
At least 200 people were at the beach
and dozens began running towards the
crash scene, she said. Boaties and “heaps
of kayaking people” arrived at the stricken
aircraft very quickly.
“ It up-turned and started to sink slowly.
As it started to sink, we saw a couple of
heads pop out.
“ Everything went crazy and we just waited
on the shore. There seemed to be three
people on the plane.”
Raglan Coastguard president Wally
Hawken said the plane was in relatively
shallow water, which would make its
retrieval easier. —
New Zealand Herald
Crash pilot veers from swimmers
A New Zealand man faces a hefty fine or
years behind bars in an overcrowded Thai jail
after he was allegedly caught in possession of
illegal drugs on the holiday island of Phuket.
Taylor Grainger, 41, was arrested with
1.2g of yaba methamphetamine and 0.95g
of cocaine in Patong, a popular haunt for
tourists visiting Phuket, the Phuket Wan
news site reported.
The website said Grainger, who was
arrested in a week-long blitz by police
targeting drugs, was a New Zealander but
neither the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
Trade (Mfat) nor the New Zealand Embassy
in Bangkok had been contacted for consular
An Mfat spokeswoman said New Zealand
staff had not received any word from the
Tongsern Preesa of the Kachu police
station said Grainger was to appear before
a court yesterday after police found him
on Christmas Day with a small amount of
methamphetamine in his pocket.
Mr Preesa said police searched the room in
the guest house where Grainger was staying
and found about a gram.
He said it was possible Grainger was
overstaying as police also found a passport
that had expired two years ago, despite
Grainger telling them he had an updated
A staff member at the Phuket Wan news
site said police probably wanted Grainger
to pay up front to avoid being charged but
the cost would have been “a substantial
The person said conditions in Phuket
Prison where Grainger would likely be
staying were horrific.
“ It ’s built for 750 people and there are
more than 3000 in there. Prisoners can’t lie
on their backs, they have to lie on their sides
because it is so crowded. It’s pretty awful.”
If Grainger does go to Phuket Prison he will
be in the company of New Zealander Garry
Halpin, who this year admitted charges of
dealing in crystal methamphetamine, or P, to
teenagers in Phuket.
Halpin was jailed for four years and 10
months and fined 250,000 baht ($9816)
after police found more than 18g of P, drug
paraphernalia and a digital scale. The former
Phuket tourist police volunteer’s sentence
would have been doubled had he not pleaded
New Zealand Herald
Drugs charge NZer faces ‘horrific’ jail
A man has been charged
with arson and burglary after
a Work and Income building
was ram-raided and set alight
in Blenheim on Christmas
The 60-year-old was arrested
at the scene of the crime and
treated for smoke inhalation
before being charged.
Police said a van was driven
through the front of the Work
and Income building in Alfred
Street, Blenheim about 5am.
An accelerant was then
allegedly poured around the
building and set on fire, police
A sprinkler system and
alarms in the building were
down the blaze.
Police increased patrols
in the Alfred Street area of
Blenheim following this
Emergency ser vices were called to a
crash near Rotomanu about 4.30am
today. Greymouth Fire was turned
back and the Moana brigade was not
immediately available for comment.
However, St John said there was a
“minor” crash up the Grey Valley last
night. Greymouth Fire was also called
to assist St John in a medical case in
Cobden last evening.
Man drives into Winz building
Before the Christmas ham had been
car ved, thousands of New Zealanders
were flogging off their unwanted
Christmas gifts on Trade Me.
As of midday, more than 2500
items had been listed on the auction
website containing the words ‘unwanted
From slug guns, to Susan Boyle CDs,
to sunglasses, disappointed Christmas
recipients have flocked to Trade Me in a
bid to make a buck out of a bad situation.
Trade Me spokesman Jeff Hunkin
said there was a flurry of activity on the
website yesterday as bargain hunters
trawled through the listings.
“Boxing Day is a massive shopping day
for New Zealanders on-line and off-
line, and on Trade Me we see things go
berserk after the pre-Christmas lull.
“The Kiwi tradition of checking Trade
Me for surplus presents and great deals
is in full swing — last year we saw
208,000 searches for unwanted gifts on
The usual suspects being listed on the
website included socks, DVDs, perfume,
car mats, dinner ware sets, books, phone
accessories and tea towels, he said.
“A recent United Kingdom sur vey
showed more than 70% of adults would
be disappointed to unwrap socks on
Christmas Day, followed by bubble bath
and soap sets at 66%. Socks consistently
feature in crap gift lists so take note if
you’re guilty of adding these to your
shopping cart — especially if they have
cartoon characters on them.”
Research showed that givers often
focused on the gift receiver’s personality,
instead of what that person might like,
Mr Hunkin said.
A selection of what is on offer:
1. Unwanted Christmas dinner
2. Pink and black lace corset
3. Pink selfie stick
4. Brand new surfboard
5. Failed Greenhouse project
Unwanted gifts flood Trade Me
A New Zealand bar manager yesterday
pleaded not guilty in a Myanmar court
to charges of insulting religion after
publishing a psychedelic image of
Buddha wearing headphones to promote
his bar in Yangon.
The case comes amid a surge in
Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar —
which emerged in 2011 from half a
century of military rule — with monks
forming groups aimed at promoting the
country’s Buddhist character.
New Zealander Phil Blackwood was
charged earlier this month, along two
local men, over the publication of a
poster promoting cheap drinks at his
bar. If found guilty, they face up to four
years in jail.
Blackwood told the court he had
removed the image from the bar’s
Facebook page, and posted an apology
once he realised that it was being shared
widely on-line, provoking outrage.
“I believe the law says the act must be
deliberate, require malice with intent to
offend,” Blackwood said. “ I have said a
number of times, there was no intent. ”
Blackwood’s lawyer, Mya Thway,
said he had received anonymous
messages on Facebook threatening
to cut him to pieces and burn him
because he had taken on the case.
NZer denies Buddha charges
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