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Death not suspicious
The death of a man who died in
unexplained circumstances in south
Auckland on Saturday night was
caused by a medical event, police say.
The man was found unconscious at
a Manurewa home after emergency
ser vices were called just before 8pm.
Yesterday, police said a post-mortem
examination had established the man
died of a medical event. — N ZM E
Bus rolls down bank
Seat belts saved German tourists
from serious harm when their bus
rolled north of Wellington yesterday.
A police spokesman said they were
called to the incident on State
highway 1, just north of Levin near
Waitarere Beach, just after 10am. A
bus carrying the 15 tourists and their
driver had rolled off the road, he
said. The bus had came off the road
while taking a corner. One passenger
suffered from a sore back, and
another received a minor burn to his
arm climbing out of the overturned
bus. However, no further medical
treatment was needed. — NZ M E
Plane ditches in estuar y
A small plane crashed into a tidal
estuary in Northland yesterday. The
incident at Whananaki North, 25km
north-east of Whangarei, happened
just before 3pm. Both men in plane
managed to make their way out. It
was close to high tide when they
crashed into the water.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Farm bike mishap
A man suffered shoulder injuries
after falling from a motorcycle on
a farm in Waikato. The 39-year-
old fell from the farm bike in the
Kinloch area yesterday afternoon, the
Greenlea Rescue Helicopter said. He
was flown to Rotorua Hospital.
Lotto prize shared
Three tickets, sold in Christchurch,
Gisborne and Warkworth, won their
holders $333,333 each in division
one of Lotto draw No 1438 on
Saturday. Successful numbers were
9, 10, 15, 19, 24, 28; bonus 37. Strike
numbers were 24, 19, 10, 15. There
was no Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 8. There was no division one
winner. The Winning Wheel ticket
was old in Te Awamutu. The winner
from Roxburgh spun for $250,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10628:
3, 5, 10, 11, 17, 19, 20, 27, 28, 33, 34,
35, 38, 47, 51, 52, 55, 70, 72, 75. Draw
No 10629: 1, 2, 4, 10, 12, 16, 18, 26, 31,
37, 38, 40, 46, 53, 59, 60, 66, 67, 68, 71.
Draw No 10630: 11, 14, 18, 26, 27, 30,
32, 34, 39, 40, 45, 47, 50, 51, 55, 56, 63,
65, 72, 74. Draw No 10631: 1, 10, 11,
12, 13, 16, 17, 23, 25, 28, 37, 41, 53, 66,
68, 70, 72, 75, 76, 78. Draw No 10632:
54, 56, 60, 62, 63, 68, 73, 74. Draw No
10633: 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 15, 19, 25, 26, 33,
35, 38, 43, 44, 47, 53, 58, 65, 68, 76.
Draw No 10634: 4, 9, 10, 14, 17, 22,
36, 39, 43, 45, 46, 49, 50, 52, 53, 62, 66,
68, 74, 80. Draw No 10635: 1, 12, 13,
17, 19, 28, 29, 30, 31, 37, 38, 39, 57, 58,
62, 66, 67, 70, 74, 77.
Holiday road toll up to six
A Singaporean woman will appear in
the Queenstown District Court today
charged with dangerous driving and
failing to stop for police because she
thought they were “after robbers” on
Sergeant Steve Watt, of Queenstown,
said the 30-year-old woman was
eventually arrested at 5.55pm on
Saturday after several complaints were
received through *555 about her driving
behaviour in the Kawarau Gorge, when
she was driving from Cromwell to
Complaints were also received about
her driving on Friday; however, Mr Watt
did not know where those had originated
Mr Watt said police received “numerous
complaints about her vehicle crossing the
centre line . . . in its entirety” at certain
points along the way.
Her vehicle was located in Arrowtown
and flashing red and blue lights were
activated, signalling the woman should
However, she continued driving for
7km and only stopped at Hensman Road
after a second police car came to assist.
“The driver was spoken to — she stated
she thought he police were after robbers
so did not think she had to pull over.
“ When questioned about her driving
behaviour she was oblivious to having
“Given the severity of the complaints,
she was arrested and charged.”
Mr Watt said despite numerous calls
for police to intercept bad drivers over
the past few days, she was the only
person charged to date over the holiday
period in the resort.
“ It ’s an extremely busy time of year,
this has obviously resulted in a higher
number of traffic on the roads. This has
led to a number of driving complaints
where police have been dispatched.”
The “vast majority” of the complaints
received had been in relation to overseas
drivers; however, there were several New
Zealand drivers displaying “some very
poor behaviour on the roads”.
“ It ’s a matter of being patient and if you
are a slow driver, pull over and let other
“ We want everyone to get to their
Another Singaporean resident escaped
injury on Saturday afternoon after the
rental vehicle he was driving ended up
precariously perched over a wall.
Mr Watt said the man was staying at
private accommodation on Hallenstein
Street and misjudged the left-hand side
of the drive way when he was driving
down an access way to check in.
“ He’s driven his vehicle off this ledge
causing it to cantilever.
“ He had to remain in the vehicle until
it was able to be secured by (fire crews)
and removed him from it.”
The incident happened about 5.30pm,
however, because it was on private
property no further action would be
taken by police.
A visitor from Hong Kong had
her contract with a rental company
terminated after police stopped her on
her way to Kaka Point yesterday.
Police responded to a driving complaint
in Balclutha before 11am.
The woman, 38, was driving well under
the speed limit and crossing the centre
line, weaving in her lane, constable Craig
Gordon, of Balclutha, said.
After pulling the driver over, police
contacted the rental company which
terminated her contract.
“S he’s agreed to get on the bus, and
made other arrangements now, so it sort
of mucked up her holidays, but at the
end of the day it saved a fatality, the way
she was driving was unreal,” Mr Gordon
said. — Otago Daily Times
A second person has died following
a collision with a milk tanker in Bay
of Plenty yesterday.
This brings the holiday road toll so
far to six.
The truck and a Volkswagen Golf
collided near Paengaroa, at the
intersection of State highway 2 and
Wilson Road about 8am.
The car was turning right, out of
Wilson Road to travel south on State
highway 2, and collided with the
truck, which was travelling north,
There were three men and two
women in the car at the time. Four
were trapped inside the wreckage.
The driver of the Golf, a 30-year-old
Indian man from Rotorua died at the
scene of the crash yesterday, western
Bay of Plenty road policing senior
sergeant Ian Campion said.
Another 31-year-old Indian man
from Rotorua travelling in the car
suffered critical injuries in the crash
and died at Waikato Hospital at
Two female passengers in the car
remain in a critical condition. A third
man suffered minor injuries.
The names of those involved in the
crash have not yet been released.
The tanker driver escaped without
injury and was receiving support from
Victim Support, police said.
Yesterday, a motorcyclist injured in a
crash in Canterbury died.
The 56-year-old man was riding
a Harley Davidson on State
highway 7 between Culverden and
Hanmer Springs when his machine
and a car collided just before 11am,
He was flown to Christchurch
Hospital by rescue helicopter but died
shortly after wards.
The death had been referred to the
coroner and no further details about
the man would be released until his
next of kin had been told.
The five occupants of the car, who
were all wearing safety belts, were not
The death of a man following a
crash, also in Canterbury, is being
provisionally included but may yet be
discounted from the official toll.
The man who was believed to have
been electrocuted after crashing
into a power pole in Canterbury on
Saturday night has been named.
He was 25-year-old Jamie Shane
Webb, from Christchurch.
The crash occurred on O’Hallorans
Road, a gravel road in Glentui, in the
Waimakariri District, about 6pm,
causing the power lines to fall on top
of the car.
It happened as two cars were
travelling along O’Hallorans Road
when one of the vehicles, a dark green
hatchback with four occupants inside,
left the road at low speed and hit the
The pole broke and the live power
lines came down on top of the car.
Mr Webb was one of the rear seat
passengers and police said they
believed he was electrocuted as he
attempted to leave the crashed car.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokesman from Mr Webb’s
family said he would be sadly missed
by all of his friends and family.
Two occupants from the other car,
a 19-year-old man and a 19-year-old
woman, suffered electric shocks when
they went to help Mr Webb. Both
were taken to Christchurch Hospital
Two others from the crashed car,
the 19-year-old female driver and a
20-year-old male back seat passenger
were taken to Christchurch Hospital
by ambulance to be treated for
abrasions, minor cuts and electrical
The 21-year-old female front seat
passenger of the crashed car was
flown to Christchurch Hospital with
extensive burns to her feet.
Police said investigations into the
crash were continuing.
The crash also sparked a small
extinguished by members of the
Oxford fire brigade, police said.
Mr Webb’s death has been referred
to the coroner who will determine his
exact cause of death.
A woman who was critically injured
in a collision between a car and a
camper van in Southland on Boxing
Day died on Saturday afternoon.
The 22-year-old Chinese student
died in D unedin Hospital, police said.
Another student remains in a critical
condition at the same hospital.
The crash happened on the Athol
Five Rivers Highway, when the
camper van turned right from State
highway 6 on to State highway 97,
heading towards Mossburn, about
4.15pm on Friday.
The car was carrying two Southern
Institute of Technology students and
The camper van was carrying two
adults and and two children, believed
to be German.
One of the children was treated
at hospital, while the others in the
camper van were treated at the scene.
Also on Boxing Day, a man died
after the rental car he was driving
collided with another car in Tauranga,
critically injuring an elderly couple
They remained in Tauranga
The official holiday road period
started at 4pm on Christmas Eve,
and runs until 6am on Monday,
Last year’s Christmas-New Year
road toll was seven. The official
holiday period last year was three days
shorter than this year’s. — NZ ME
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Three people were taken to
Dunedin Hospital, two with
serious injuries, after a head-on
crash in the Lindis Pass yesterday.
Emergency ser vices were called
to State highway 8 just before
4pm following reports of a car
and van colliding.
Firefighters from Luggate and
Cromwell cut a 23-year-old
Timaru man from the wreckage
of his car after he was trapped
inside for about an hour.
He sustained serious leg
injuries and was taken to
Dunedin Hospital by rescue
The man was the sole occupant
of a sedan which collided with a
van near Elliotts Bridge, about
50km from Cromwell.
Both drivers were New
Senior sergeant Dave Scott,
of Dunedin, said ‘’walking
wounded ’’ were all around the
crash site. Four people were
in the van one of whom, a
woman, received serious back
and abdominal injuries. Another
received minor injuries. Both
were taken to D unedin Hospital.
The other two occupants were
uninjured, he said.
Police were last night trying to
piece together details of the crash,
Mr Scott said.
— Otago Daily Times
Two seriously injured in Lindis Pass crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services tend to the victims of a head-on crash in the Lindis Pass yesterday.
Police have named three people who
have died in water-related accidents
so far this holiday season.
A search is also continuing for
a teenager swept out to sea in
Northland on Saturday.
On Boxing Day 47-year-old Simon
Camp died at Karioitahi Beach,
70km south-west of Auckland,
while surfing on a board he got for
Christmas, police said.
Heng Li, 25, a student, died in the
surf at Uretiti Beach on Christmas
Imogen Saleupolu-Mataafi, aged
one, is believed to have drowned in a
temporary pool set up in the backyard
of her family’s Manurewa home on
Family attending a Christmas get-
together arrived to find police cars
A relative said Imogen was the
youngest of five siblings and lived at
A friend of Imogen’s father said
the temporary pool had only recently
been purchased by the family.
The man said he had been at the
home on Christmas morning and
the accident happened after he had
left: “I went home and got a phone
Imogen had a lovely, vibrant
personality, he said.
“She was a beautiful little girl,
happy as — always smiling every
Meanwhile, a search yesterday failed
to find any trace of a 16-year-old boy
who was swept out to sea off 90 Mile
Beach at Hukatere in Northland
where he was swimming with his
family on Saturday afternoon.
Hukatere Lodge owner Gabriele
Pfaender rushed to the beach, fearing
guests were involved. She spoke to
the boy ’s distraught mother.
“S he was just crying and crying and
somebody had her in their arms. It ’s
terrible, it makes me sick to think
about it,” she said.
The current looked strong yesterday,
Ms Pfaender said.
“The sea is always different, one day
it’s like a lake and you can go in and
other times it’s a strong current and
you wouldn’t. You’ve got to be careful
in the water always. ” Mr Li, who
lived in Auckland, was with a group
of friends setting crab pots when he
and one other got into trouble.
His associate was able to make it
back to the beach.
Police, Surf Lifesavers, Coastguard
and the Rescue Helicopter were
involved in the search. Mr Li’s body
was found 400m south of where he
entered the water.
Police urged beach-goers to take
care in the water with at least eight
people getting into trouble in the
waters off Uretiti beach over the
weekend. Most had been engaged in
People were under-estimating the
conditions and over-estimating their
abilities, putting not only themselves
but also those who go to their aid at
risk, police said.
The easterly conditions that made
the location popular for crabbing
were the same conditions that made
the beach dangerous.
Senior sergeant Daniel Cleaver of
Whangarei said there were a number
of popular beaches that were not
suitable for people who were not
strong swimmers, or were not able to
“ We advise all beachgoers to
carefully consider the conditions of
the surf before entering the water
and not to go in if you don’t feel
Mr Cleaver said summer was a time
to make great use of the beaches but
warned the the ocean was a dangerous
“It is not worth risking your life for
some time in the water. If you’re not
fully prepared, keep safe on the sand
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Police name drowning victims
Autopsy on motel
A post-mortem examination on a man
who died after being attacked at an
Auckland motel on Saturday is due to be
carried out today.
Ihaia Gillman-Harris, 54, died in
hospital after being assaulted at the
Ascot Epsom Motel on Saturday
Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of
Auckland central police, told Radio New
Zealand the examination would uncover
the exact nature of Mr Gillman-Harris’s
injuries and their cause.
“O bviously the family are grieving and
they’re wanting to know more detail, but
once we have that, we’ll be able to branch
out our investigation some more.”
A motive for the attack remained
unclear, he said.
Mr Beard said yesterday said staff were
hunting for two men who checked in
with Mr Gillman-Harris about 8am on
The men were captured on the motel’s
CCTV system and appear to be younger,
wearing baseball caps and hoodies.
The pair were later seen leaving the
motel in Mr Gillman-Harris’s blue
Range Rover Vogue shortly before Mr
Gillman-Harris approached motel staff
asking for help.
He had been violently assaulted and
was rushed to hospital, where he died.
The men’s relationship to the victim is
still officially unknown, although motel
staff reported that Mr Gillman-Harris
had referred to them as his nephews.
The victim had spent Christmas Day
with family members in Wellington
before travelling up to Auckland on
Boxing Day. He also had links to the
North Shore, Kaikohe and the wider
Northland region. The vehicle he drove
to Auckland was a silver Mazda 626
with the number plate WJ2383.
“This is a tragedy for the Gillman-
Harris family,” Mr Beard said. “It ’s the
festive season, but it ’s turned to a state of
tragedy for them.”
Police acknowledged that as well as
needing to identify the two men seen
leaving the motel, they also wanted more
information about the victim himself.
He was a very private individual.
“ Mr Gillman-Harris lived a private
life and we are interested to hear from
anyone who knows anything about him
and could shed some information on the
life he lived. ”
Records show that Mr Gillman-Harris
had a love of cars owned at least two
Rolls-Royces, a BMW and the blue
Range Rover Vogue he was driving on
the day he died.
It is also understood he worked as a
team leader assistant at the Kiwi Rail
freight terminal in Southdown.
Mr Gillman-Harris’s nephew, Ihaia
Harris, said the whanau were set to
meet within the next few days. Until the
family’s elders had met, they would not
give any details about their relative.
Family and friends were, however,
supporting each other after the tragic
“ We’re shocked. This is totally out of
left field. What can you do but just be
there for one another?” Mr Harris said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A man who allegedly held a
woman hostage in the Four Square
store in Paihia this morning has
Police had blocked off surrounding
streets after reports of the hostage
It was reported that the man was
allegedly armed with a knife and
had locked himself in the Williams
Road store with a woman.
It is believed the manager ran up
the road to the police station —
two doors away — about 10.30am.
The Whangarei-based armed
offenders squad was also called to
the scene but was stood down while
on the way.
Mike Baker was heading into the
Four Square, but was kept away
by the manager, who had calmly
helped herd out up to a dozen other
customers as the incident unfolded.
would appear a male had taken
one of the cashiers hostage with a
machete, and he apparently had it
at her throat. I have no idea what
his demands were, except one that
he wanted to speak to a female
police officer. I have no idea what
his motivation was.
“ Bob, the manager, was being very
diligent in getting everyone out.
Two police officers were on the
scene pretty quickly, as the police
station is about two doors down.”
As Mr Baker spoke, police were
removing the cordons, to signify
the incident had been resolved,
after about 45 minutes.
Mr Baker, of Haruru Falls,
believed the alleged offender was a
local who had only recently moved
into the area.
Alex Wehweck, manager of Boots
Off Internet Cafe which is four
shops down from the Four Square,
said he and two customers were in
his store when they noticed a large
number of people on the street.
He saw the Four Square owner
ushering people away from the
store before police evacuated the
“It was a dumb a— obviously
because you do not rob a
supermarket 20m from the police
station,” Mr Wehweck said.
Paihia was very busy with tourists
at this time of year, he said. “ This is
something that take a while to get
He said he though the police did
a great job handling the situation.
“ To be perfectly honest they were
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Arrest after hold-up
A young Auckland man is facing
charges after he allegedly drove through
a stop sign and hit a police car, causing
a pile-up that wrote off three vehicles in
Police said the youth drove through
a stop sign at the intersection of
Wharerata Road and Awapuni Road
on Saturday night, hitting a police car
which then hit another vehicle.
All three vehicles were written off but
no one was injured.
The youth had been charged with
refusing to give a blood specimen.
Further charges were likely.
Police said speed and alcohol both
appeared to be factors in the crash.
They warned New Year festival-goers
on their way to Gisborne to expect heavy
traffic and to drive sensibly.
The annual Rhythm and Vines festival
starts today at Waiohika on the outskirts
of Gisborne, while its sister festival BW
began in Gisborne city on Saturday.
Thousands of young people from
around the country have been streaming
into the city and police say traffic hold-
ups are to be expected.
“These two festivals bring around
20,000 extra people into Tairawhiti
and that means lots of bodies and lots
of cars,” Tairawhiti area commander
Inspector Sam Aberahama said.
“There has been very heavy traffic on
the highways over the last few days and
we expect that to continue. So we ask
that everyone drives sensibly — which
means don’t speed, be patient and if you
feel tired, pull over and have a rest,” Mr
He said police were pleased with most
of the behaviour of those attending BW
Festival. Festival organisers had so far
ejected 18 people for bad behaviour and
numerous others were on final warnings.
“There will be over 7000 young people
spread over a very large area and police
will be keeping a close eye on the
campsites and the concert areas,” Mr
“ We have sent out very strong
messages about our expectations around
behaviour at BW this year. People have
been warned that if they cause mayhem
or trouble, they will be removed from the
festival and not allowed back in.”
Pile-up charges expected
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