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Truck driver injured
A logging truck driver fell from
his truck yesterday and suffered
serious leg injuries. The Palmerston
North-based rescue helicopter was
dispatched to the Karioi Forest on
the Central Plateau about 10.30am.
A St John ambulance crew stabilised
the Marton man, in his 50s, before
he was flown to Whanganui
Hospital. — NZ ME
Burned man dies
An elderly Southland man who
suffered burns to most of his body
in a house fire on Friday has died,
police said. The 73-year old, who has
not yet been named died in Dunedin
Hospital on Saturday night as a
result of his injuries. A fire broke out
in the lounge of the man’s Sinclair
Avenue home in Nightcaps about
7.30pm. Police and the Fire Ser vice
have completed a scene examination
and police say they are “satisfied the
fire was accidental”. — NZ ME
Twizel fire contained
Firefighters in Twizel have
contained a 15ha scrub fire
threatening houses in a new
subdivision. The fire started just after
5pm yesterday and a number of roads
were closed and homes evacuated.
The initial blaze was almost
contained when, at 6pm, a change
in wind direction pushed it toward
homes in The Drive subdivision.
Firefighters were assisted by farmers
who either used tractors to make
firebreaks with ploughs or operated
water spray devices from boom
systems on vehicles.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
$10m Lotto win
A lucky Pukekohe punter
celebrated the New Year by
winning $10 million in division
one of Powerball. The winner was
one of two winners in Lotto’s first
division, sharing the $1 million
prize with another ticketholder from
Ruakaka. Successful numbers were
4, 6, 17, 27, 31, 32; bonus 11. Strike
numbers were 27, 6, 4, 17. There
was one Strike Four winner, from
Warkworth, taking home $1 million.
Powerball number 9. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Waihi.
The winner from Auckland spun for
$200,000. In the special promotional
draw, $10,000 prizes went to
Westport and Hokitika.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10656: 2,
9, 10, 13, 24, 25, 26, 31, 34, 37, 40, 49,
51, 54, 62, 63, 65, 72, 73, 76. Draw No
10657: 3, 12, 13, 17, 21, 24, 32, 35, 36,
38, 41, 42, 49, 53, 60, 61, 64, 66, 70, 77.
Draw No 10658: 1, 7, 9, 16, 20, 21, 27,
32, 40, 41, 44, 46, 47, 56, 57, 62, 63, 70,
71, 74. Draw No 10659: 6, 7, 16, 21,
32, 35, 38, 41, 44, 48, 56, 59, 60, 62, 64,
66, 68, 69, 70, 76. Draw No 10660: 2,
4, 6, 13, 18, 19, 23, 26, 28, 39, 51, 52,
57, 59, 62, 64, 65, 70, 73, 79. Draw No
10661: 7, 9, 10, 12, 17, 22, 26, 30, 33,
35, 40, 42, 47, 55, 60, 65, 69, 73, 76, 80.
Draw No 10662: 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11,
14, 24, 25, 33, 36, 54, 55, 56, 61, 65, 66,
68, 77. Draw No 10663: 13, 15, 16, 17,
20, 22, 24, 27, 42, 54, 58, 60, 63, 64, 68,
69, 70, 73, 74, 77.
Grim holiday road toll
Police are investigating a drive-
by shooting in Motueka on
Two shots, possibly from a
shotgun, were fired from a passing
vehicle at a house in Woodlands
Avenue just after 11pm.
The shots smashed the front
windows of the house.
Detective senior sergeant Craig
Johnston of Nelson police said
that while the occupants were
home at the time, “thankfully no
one was hurt ”.
“This type of unsavoury
behaviour has the potential to
cause serious injury or worse,”
Mr Johnston said.
“ When we find the person or
persons responsible they will be
held accountable through the
will not be tolerated in this
Police believe the vehicle used
in the shooting was possibly a
vehicle or similar.
Police are urging anyone with
information that may help
identify the offender to contact
police. — NZ ME
Motueka shooting probe
The head of the Catholic
Church in New Zealand,
Archbishop John Dew of
Wellington, is among new
cardinals the Pope has named.
The Pontiff selected the
15 prelates from 14 nations,
including far-flung corners of
the world such as Cape Verde,
Burma, Ethiopia, Thailand and
Vietnam, to reflect the diversity
of the church and its growth in
places such as Asia and Africa.
Cardinal Dew was born in
Waipawa, Hawke’s Bay, in May
1948 and was educated at St
Joseph’s School, Waipukurau,
and St Joseph’s (now Chanel)
starting his studies for the
priesthood. He was ordained in
May 1976, and was appointed
Auxiliary Bishop of Wellington
Archdiocese in 1995.
He succeeded Cardinal Tom
Williams, ONZ, as Archbishop
of Wellington in March 2005.
Bishop Soane Patita Paini
Mafi of Tonga was also named
a cardinal this morning, New
Zealand Time. Cardinal Mafi,
born in 1961, first became
co-adjutor bishop of Tonga in
Referring to the Vatican,
Pope Francis told the faithful
in St Peter’s Square that the
new cardinals were “from
every continent ” and “show the
indelible tie with the Church of
Rome to churches in the world”.
In addition to the 15 new
cardinals who are under 80
and thus eligible to vote for the
next Pope, Francis bestowed
the honour on five other
churchmen older than that who
had distinguished themselves
through their work in the Vatican
bureaucracy and diplomatic
He also made another surprise
announcement: that on February
12-13, he will lead a meeting of
all cardinals to “reflect on the
orientations and proposals for
the reform of the Roman Curia”,
Pope Francis is using his papacy,
which began in March 2013, to
root out corruption, inefficiency
and other problems in the curia.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
(Pope’s picks, p6)
Head of Catholic Church
in NZ named cardinal
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The scene of the fatal crash in Christchurch early today.
The death of a man in Christchurch
overnight has brought the holiday road
toll to 17 — more than double those of
the past two years.
The Christmas-New Year toll climbed
after the man was killed when he crashed
his vehicle into a lamp-post.
The incident happened at the
intersection of Mairehau Road and
Beach Road, about 1.50am, Inspector
Murray Hurst of southern police
The man was the vehicle’s sole
occupant, he said.
The toll increased yesterday when a
man who had been thrown from the
back of a utility vehicle on Boxing Day
died from his injuries in hospital.
Westpac rescue helicopter pilot Loren
Haisley said the vehicle had gone off an
embankment in Raglan.
The man, who had been travelling on
the back of the vehicle, suffered head
injuries when he was thrown from the
vehicle on to rocks.
His death occurred just hours after
a motorcyclist was killed on the road
through the Southern Alps.
Anthony Clifford Sparrow, 50, of
Ashburton, died when his motorbike
left the road on State highway 73, near
Dry Stream on Porters Pass, about
5.45pm on Saturday.
Meanwhile, three more holiday road
victims have been named.
Martin Cadden, a 22-year-old Irish
man who was in New Zealand on a
working visa, lost control of his car and
hit a tree on Lake Road at Leeston,
near Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury, about
11.20pm on Friday.
Garry Andrew Wendt, 68, of
Ngaruawahia, died in a three-vehicle
crash at the Dinsdale roundabout in
Hamilton shortly after 2pm that day.
Kerikeri man Paul Ruben Kasper
Kapica, 24, died after a vehicle rolled
on Papamoa Beach on New Year’s
The official holiday road toll — the
period for which started at 4pm on
Christmas Eve and ran until 6am today
has now doubled those of the last
two years. Last year, when the official
holiday period was three days shorter
than this year, there were seven road
deaths. Over the period before that,
there were six deaths — a dramatic
drop from the 19 deaths over the
The highest holiday road toll was in
1972-73, when 37 people died.
Assistant Commissioner Dave Cliff
said this year’s toll was disappointing.
“ It’s devastating that so many people
have lost their lives these holidays and
due to the same common factors. ”
Mr Cliff s=aid initial indications
showed that alcohol and speed had been
factors in at least eight of the deaths.
“It is a bad decision to drive after
drinking. It ’s that simple.”
Mr Cliff said police and emergency
ser vices around the country had attended
numerous crashes this holiday period
and unless driving behaviour changed,
they would be attending hundreds more
He said police would continue to focus
their efforts on reducing the death and
trauma from crashes.
“But we all have a role to play, so to all
New Zealanders, all family members,
all friends, please slow down on our
Motorists heading home would have
been relatively pleased yesterday, with
traffic authorities reporting minimal
holiday traffic delays.
The New Zealand Transport Agency
(NZTA) and police had prepared
for major congestion on the roads as
thousands of holidaymakers wrapped
up their Christmas and New Year’s
However, by 7pm road authorities
were happy to report there had been no
major backlogs. At 5pm a breakdown
on Auckland Harbour Bridge caused
temporary delays for motorists heading
Tr a ffi c built up around the Esmonde
Rd on-ramp and on the bridge, but was
flowing by 6pm.
Earlier in the day, NZTA, which had
identified 13 summer holiday congestion
hotspots for the 2014-15 festive season,
also said there was a small build-up of
Auckland-bound traffic north of Pokeno
at the junction of State highways 1 and
2, as well as between Wellsford and the
city earlier in the day.
Southbound traffic had also been
congested for 5km in Warkworth, but
was cleared by the early afternoon,
Drivers travelling to and from the
Coromandel would have probably
encountered heavy traffic on SH25,
however there were no major delays.
Around Wellington, authorities had
also been concerned about heavy traffic
in and out of the city. Police said traffic
remained light throughout the day, with
only pockets of congestion affecting
southbound traffic around Otaki earlier
in the day.
NZTA spokesman Andy Knackstedt
said the holiday traffic seemed to be
spread out over the weekend, with the
roads being very busy on Saturday.
Yesterday’s congestion was not as bad
as had been anticipated. “ We’re pleased
that people have taken the message on
board and planned ahead. ” — NZME
Mystery surrounds the unexplained
deaths of a “gorgeous couple” found in
their Dunedin home yesterday.
Police remained tight-lipped about the
deaths of the couple, both aged in their
Detective senior sergeant Kallum
Croudis said the couple were found in
their Brockville Road home yesterday
Police guarded the scene and a forensic
team entered the house mid-afternoon.
The couple’s bodies were removed late-
Mr Croudis said a post-mortem
examination would take place early this
He would not comment further on the
circumstances of the death and police
would not confirm whether the deaths
were suspicious or if anyone else was
sought in relation to them.
Neighbours of the couple were stunned
by the news of the deaths.
One neighbour said the pair were
“ lovely people” and “just a gorgeous
“They couldn’t be more (in love),” the
She had last seen the couple about
“ It ’s a horrible shock,” she said of the
The couple, originally from Scotland,
had lived in the house for more than 40
They celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary in November 2012 after
marrying at Yarrow Kirk Church in
Selkirk, Scotland, in 1952.
It is understood the pair had a son in
Another neighbour said she understood
the son had discovered the pair.
She regularly saw the man tending to
his garden, which “he was very proud of ”.
“ You couldn’t have wished for better
neighbours,” she said.
Another neighbour said he also had not
seen the couple since Christmas.
“They were really nice people.” It was
not known when the couple died.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dash the kitten plays with his new friend Alister Rawson after it hitched a ride in his deliver y truck.
Lucky break for stray kitten
It is said curiosity can kill a cat, but
this one got lucky.
A tabby kitten, temporarily named
Dash until his new owners pick a more
permanent name, was discovered under
the dashboard of delivery driver Alister
Rawson’s truck last week.
Mr Rawson said he stopped at
Ranfurly to drop off some bread at a
Four Square stores and accidentally left
his cab door open.
When he returned, three curious
kittens bolted out the door and ran in
He believes they belonged to a stray
cat which lives in the area behind the
The fourth kitten, Dash, could not
escape in time and squeezed under the
Despite attempts to coax the kitten
out, it was not until Mr Rawson
returned to Dunedin and pulled his
dashboard apart that the kitten was
able to be extracted.
“ I got a screwdriver out and undid
the front part of the dash, and there he
was sitting on top of one of the fans,
happy as Larry.
“ I chucked him in the pocket of my
high-vis vest because he was a bit shy,
and brought him home and showed
Initially, Mr Rawson said he intended
to take Dash back, but after the
children saw him, there was no way
they would allow that to happen.
Dash was taken to the vet for a
check-up and given the all clear, and
it seems the curious kitten has now
found a new home.
“ Being a stray, I thought it wouldn’t
matter if I don’t take him back. My
kids have fallen in love with him, of
“He’s a great addition to the family.
He’s very energetic — he’s all over the
Mr Rawson said Dash was not the
first stray he had brought home.
About four years ago, he picked up
another kitten when its mother was
run over by a car.
“As I hit Milton, I saw a cat had
been run over and there were kittens
sitting beside it in the middle of the
“This one kitten would not leave its
dead mother, so I ended up stopping
and picking it up and bringing it
“Honestly, I don’t like to pick up
every waif and stray. I ’ve promised my
wife it (Dash) is the last one.”
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A police car outside the Brockville
house where two bodies were found
An Australian woman who suffered
head injuries in a fall on to rocks in
Coromandel on Boxing Day has died.
The 23-year-old woman was walking
with her boyfriend in the Kauaeranga
Valley in the southern Coromandel
Peninsula when she fell 4m to 5m from
the track, landing on her head.
She was flown by the Auckland rescue
helicopter to Waikato Hospital in a
She remained in the hospital’s intensive
care unit for several days but died
yesterday morning. — NZ ME
may leave NZ
Embattled internet tycoon
Kim Dotcom says he is now
considered a pariah and may quit
In an inter view the Mega
founder, who is facing internet
piracy charges, says he is bearing
the brunt of a vicious public
backlash since the general
election and now thinks his only
option is to leave his adopted
home at the end of United States
He said he was renewing his
offer to the Department of
Justice to voluntarily travel to
the US for his trial. But this was
on the condition he was given
bail and that assets seized in the
2012 Dotcom mansion raid are
returned to him.
From the outset he has
maintained his innocence and
says he is confident of winning
any court action against him.
Mr Dotcom was at a loss to
explain why the tide of public
opinion had turned so harshly
against him. “It’s turned into
something very ugly. Now I am a
pariah,” he said.
“The funny thing is I haven’t
changed and I don’t think I’ve
done anything wrong. I’m still
the same guy who only a matter
of months ago people were
The Mega mogul, who last year
separated from wife Mona, said
the negativity was making life
too difficult to stay. “ What ’s the
problem with me having bail in
the US in accordance with my
offer to return then I’m out of
“The Prime Minister will forget
about me, New Zealanders will
forget about me and I will be
He said he was sure he and his
estranged wife, who currently
lives in an adjacent home on his
expansive Coatesville compound,
could come to an arrangement
that meant he was in constant
contact with his five children.
“I’m sure Mona would go to the
US with the kids. ”
Mr Dotcom, who founded
the Internet Party, which
then forged a controversial
alliance with Hone Harawira’s
Mana Party, said his political
intentions were “pure”.
“The Internet Party stood for
good for all New Zealanders. I
thought I was doing people a
favour and it backfired.”
But despite the public reaction
he said he had no regrets about
merging with Mana, saying it
allowed him to experience Maori
culture and hospitality.
“ I will always be grateful to
Hone and his people for teaching
me humility,” he said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Fire ruins honey business
Forty-four gallon drums full of honey
helped fuel a blaze which burned down a
beekeeping building near Alexandra on
When fire crews attended about
3.30pm, a column of thick, dark smoke
was visible in the sky.
Alexandra Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief station officer Russell Anderson
said the quantity and blackness of the
smoke produced “a sense of urgency”.
“ When you see that, you know
someone is in deep trouble. ”
During the fire, flames engulfed
the whole building, which sits on the
corner of Letts Gully Road and State
highway 85, and smoke was visible
from as far away as the Cromwell
Witness Marianne Maslin-Grimward
said it was an inferno. The smoke was a
“thick, black, oily” pall.
“I have never seen anything like it
in my life. We (she and her husband)
were standing on the other side of the
road and the heat on your face was
At one point, a digger was used to
demolish walls and clear debris so
firefighters could extinguish the blaze
inside what remained of the building,
which was constructed mainly of
It was destroyed, along with forklifts,
a car, other vehicles, honey, and beehive
building materials stored inside.
About 30 firefighters from the
Alexandra and Clyde brigades,
two appliances, the Central Otago
command unit, and a tanker from the
Otago Rural Fire Authority helped put
out the fire.
Police also attended, managing traffic,
and closing State highway 85 for about
an hour and a-half.
Delta staff isolated power to the
property to ensure the safety of
Mr Anderson said the initial fire crew
was at the scene until about 8pm, when
another crew took over to manage hot
Nearby houses were not damaged, and
there were no injuries.
“ Not even a bee-sting.”
“ Distraught ” was a good word
to describe one of the owners, Mr
“ It’s his livelihood. He made a
comment the only things he had left
were hives in the field and his truck he
“ What he lost could not have come at
a worse time (in the busy season).”
The Government ’s Food Safety
website says the site is occupied by a
company called Elms Apiaries, operated
as a partnership between Murray Poole
and Russell Poole.
They could not be contacted for
Russell Poole was mayor of Alexandra
Mr Anderson said the cause of the
fire was not yet known. However, it
was believed it had started inside the
Central North Otago fire risk
management officer Stuart Ide was
investigating the fire yesterday.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
The scene of the fire on Saturday
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