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Woman hurt in hit-run
A 65-year-old woman was left
injured on the side of a road after
a hit and run incident in Waikato
yesterday. She was found by family
members on State highway 25, Tairua
Road, near the Whangamata sewage
treatment ponds about 10pm, police
said. She suffered moderate injuries
and was flown to Waikato Hospital.
The local woman was clipped by a
northbound vehicle while she was
out for a walk, southbound on Tairua
Road, a regular walking route for her,
police said. The incident happened
between 8pm and 9pm. The woman
was wearing black three quarter
length jogging pants and a pink
t-shirt, police said. — NZ M E
Sex assaults arrest
An 18-year-old man will appear in
the Tauranga District Court today
charged with the sexual violation
of two women in their Tauranga
homes and the assault of a third
woman. The man was arrested after
an incident early on Tuesday. He
has been charged with the sexual
violation by rape of one woman,
and the assault with a weapon of a
second woman at the same address.
He has also been charged with
the sexual violation of a woman at
her home on July 4 last year. Both
incidents occurred at addresses in
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
A man has been arrested after shots
were fired at a house in Motueka on
Saturday. A 41-year-old Motueka
man was arrested and charged after
the armed offenders squad and CIB
raided a house in the town yesterday,
seizing several items. No firearms
were found, police said. The man has
been charged with careless use of a
firearm and unlawful carriage of a
firearm in public. He is to appear
in the Nelson District Court today.
Police believed more than one person
was involved and the investigation
was continuing. — N ZM E
The body of a man found in
Timaru’s port yesterday has been
identified as that of missing man
Donald MacLeod, police say.
Mr MacLeod, 76, was last seen
leaving his Timaru home early on
Sunday. Police divers recovered Mr
MacLeod’s body shortly before 9am.
His death has been referred to the
coroner. — NZ ME
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 481 last
night. Successful numbers were 10,
12, 36, 40, 49, 50; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10672:
8, 10, 13, 21, 24, 29, 30, 34, 39, 44, 47,
54, 55, 58, 66, 67, 75, 77, 78, 80. Draw
No 10673: 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 19, 21, 27,
31, 33, 41, 46, 55, 62, 63, 64, 69, 76, 77.
Draw No 10674: 4, 5, 8, 16, 22, 23, 28,
31, 32, 36, 37, 38, 43, 46, 49, 55, 58, 67,
70, 76. Draw No 10675: 3, 12, 14, 17,
19, 25, 28, 32, 37, 41, 45, 49, 54, 56, 59,
63, 64, 66, 70, 71.
Assaulted tourist ’s dad thanks Northland folk for help
An Australian IT company that
exploited a New Zealand worker for
seven months has been ordered to
pay him more than $100,000.
In a blistering determination, the
Employment Relations Authority
(ERA) said Forte Alpha Operations
“empty promises” and
deliberately misled and deceived its
employee Richard Newall, who was
underpaid by more than $50,000.
The company is being struck off in
The ERA determination said it had
breached Mr Newall’s employment
agreement 29 times by failing to pay
a number of entitlements including
a full salary, Kiwisaver contributions,
PAYE to IRD, and holiday pay.
The company ’s actions “financially
embarrassed” Mr Newall, the ruling
Mr Newall worked as an IT
specialist for the company from
April 7, 2013 until November 1,
He told the authority he was never
paid on time and when payments
were made, they were partial
payments only that did not clear his
After months of e-mails asking
to be paid in full, Mr Newall
was eventually locked out of his
employer’s IT system — which he
assumed meant he had been sacked,
the determination said.
The company ’s director, Steven
Prestage, sent an e-mail to the
authority which he said he also sent
to Mr Newall at the start of his
The e-mail said: “Forte Alpha
has decided not to countersign the
employment agreement with you.
We would prefer to have an ad hoc
relationship with you. We will pay
you what we can when we can. I hope
that you understand our position.”
Mr Newall denied ever seeing or
receiving this e-mail and said he
would never have agreed to work on
that basis, the determination said.
Authority member Rachel Lorimer
said it “flies in the face of logic or
wisdom that Mr Newall as the sole
income earner in his family would
continue working full-time for an
overseas company which would only
pay whatever it elected whenever it
She said Mr Prestage offered a
“range of excuses” to Mr Newall as
to why his salary was not paid.
“It is clear from the information
I have seen that Mr Prestage
continually led Mr Newall to believe
that his salary would be paid on time
and his salary arrears would be paid.
“I find that Mr Prestage and
(finance director Andrew) Retting
on behalf of Forte Alpha deliberately
misled and deceived Mr Newall
regarding the non-payment of his
She found Mr Newall had been
unjustifiably dismissed from the
Mr Newall said that since the
ruling, released last year, he had not
been paid any of the money and was
now going through the Australian
legal system to try to recover it.
Mr Prestage was not able to be
reached for comment.
Forte Alpha was ordered to pay
Mr Newall $50,324 salary arrears;
$5894 annual holiday pay; $2146
employer’s Kiwisaver contribution;
$2119 unpaid expenses; interest
of 5% on the $60,484 from
November 1, 2013 until the amount
has been paid in full; $30,000 penalty;
$4615 lost remuneration; $8000
distress compensation. — NZ M E
$100,000 payout for exploiting worker
An Australian-owned company will
continue its search for gold south of
Kawerau in the next few months.
Silver City NZ was awarded an
exploration permit last year to look for
gold and silver in an area covering 33
square kilometres of the central North
Island volcanic plateau and will start
initial sur veys in February and March.
Silver City will be investing at least
$1.25 million in the area over the next
When the permit was granted, Energy
and Resources Minister Simon Bridges
told media the project had potential
to create jobs and provide a long-term
benefit to the economy.
Silver City NZ managing director
Chris Torrey said the company had
consulted and negotiated access with
land owners and iwi in the area.
“It’s all very low key and low impact
work at the moment. We want to make
sure we respect cultural boundaries and
Despite being an Australian company,
the people in charge of the project
were all New Zealanders, including Mr
Torrey, who has done geological work in
the Rotorua area before.
Mr Torrey said the project would use
local consultants, except where they
required expertise or equipment that was
not locally available.
“The New Zealand geologists are the
experts. They know the area and its
geology better than anyone,” he said.
Work will begin with an airborne Light
Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sur vey
to make high-resolution maps of the
area to help guide later field teams and
identify points for further exploration.
This will be followed up by ground-
based geological mapping and systematic
sampling of stream sediment, rock and
Mr Torrey said this would be low cost,
and have minimal environmental impact.
“It’ll be basically a bunch of guys
looking at rocks in the bush. Even if we
get to the point where we’re drilling for
samples, and we won’t get to that for a
while yet, it’ll be small scale. It’ll be done
beside forestry roads, so it won’t harm
If the results are promising Silver City
will conduct more detailed aerial sur veys
and systematic drilling for small samples
from deeper in the ground. — N Z ME-
Rotorua Daily Post
The father of an American tourist
who had his jaw broken in a vicious
assault in Paihia has written an open
letter to the people of Northland —
thanking them for the kindness and
hospitality his son had received since
Jacob Ulgenes, 22, and Scott
Kelleher, 23, were attacked outside
a Kings Road backpackers’ lodge
about 3am on Saturday. Jacob had five
titanium plates and 14 screws inserted
into his jaw at Middlemore Hospital;
Scott, who was knocked unconscious,
needed seven stitches to his lip.
Jacob’s father, Brad Ulgenes, said
it had been hard for him and Jacob’s
mother, Elaine, but they had been
impressed by New Zealanders’
“I would only hope that if someone
from Paihia were to experience a
similar trauma here in Montana that
we would be as helpful and responsive.
Thank you for your care and concern,”
Jacob and Scott, room-mates at the
University of Montana, had travelled
to New Zealand to celebrate their
graduations. They had been in the
country less than 48 hours when the
Mr Ulgenes, a pastor at St John’s
Lutheran Church in the town of
Helena, described his son as “a kind
and trusting kid” who had worked
the previous two summers as a Bible
“ When unprovoked violence is
experienced or heard about, it shakes
a person and a community to the
core and raises fear in our hearts,”
“ Fear creates distrust and destroys
community. But the kindness and
love that Jake and his buddies have
experienced in New Zealand have
lessened our fears and has reminded
me that there are good people all over
the world as well.”
Jacob was fortunate his jaw did not
have to be wired shut and, after his
discharge from hospital, he and Scott
headed to Matamata for a tour of the
Hobbiton set from the Lord of the
Rings. “So he must be feeling better,”
Mr Ulgenes said.
It was difficult when his son had
been assaulted to follow Jesus’
teaching to “ love your enemies and
pray for those who persecute you”.
However, Jacob had had the privilege
of being raised in a loving home.
“ I feel sorry for the young man
or men that attacked him and
wonder what kind of ‘home’ they
have experienced or what personal
problems led to their violent outburst.
I have forgiven him and will pray for
him and hope that some day he will
experience love that can transform his
life,” he said.
“ In The Hobbit: The Battle of The
Five Armies, which we’ve just seen,
Thorin says: ‘Farewell, Master Burglar.
Go back to your books, your fireplace.
Plant your trees, watch them grow. If
more of us valued home above gold, it
would be a merrier world.’ I pray they
find the ‘home’ they are looking for.
We are grateful for the ‘home’ Jake
has experienced while in your area. ”
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
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The pilot of a skydiving plane
that crashed in Lake Taupo
was “brand new” in the job but
an experienced pilot, says the
company ’s boss.
Thirteen people — six skydiving
instructors, six thrillseekers and
the pilot — bailed out of the
plane after a suspected engine
malfunction caused it to stall
about 1300m over Lake Taupo
about 12.15pm yesterday.
While the plane crashed in to
the lake, everybody on board
parachuted to safety.
The skydivers landed by the
water unhurt, but the pilot
suffered scratches as he landed
on-shore near a blackberry bush.
The incident comes a decade
after another Skydiving Taupo
plane had engine troubles, forcing
an emergency bail-out.
In the 2005 incident, nine
skydivers had to exit a Cessna 402
twin-engine plane at 1500m. The
pilot returned to Taupo Airport,
where he made an emergency
landing on one engine.
Skydiving Taupo chief executive
Roy Clements said he was proud
of his team for getting everybody
off the plane safely before
“The guys did exactly what
they ’re trained to do and as a
result everyone was safe, landed
safely and walked away.” He said
the “ brand new ” pilot had started
with the company only recently.
He did not disclose how long the
pilot had been flying for, but said
he had “quite some experience” on
“The staff we have flying our
aircraft have to have a minimum
of 500 hours’ flight experience
before they can do so. That ’s the
minimum, and he exceeds that.
“The pilots go through
emergency training for when they
have a power failure, and that ’s a
big part of their training.”
The Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) said it could not comment
on how long the pilot had been
qualified or how much flight time
he had clocked up as it “might
form part of the investigation”.
Mr Clements said the skydiving
instructors were all required to do
a minimum of 750 jumps before
they were qualified instructors,
and the least experienced on
board had clocked 2500 jumps.
The instructors, like the pilots,
did “lots of training for what they
do in an emergency situation”.
“It was just nice that everyone
involved in the whole situation
reacted exactly how they were
trained. We’re pretty proud of all
of them,” he said.
“O bviously they ’re quite shaken
by the event (but) they all said
they want to get back up in a
Mr Clements had spent some
time with the six customers, who
praised the calm and professional
way the instructors dealt with the
The altitude they had jumped
from was dangerous, he said.
“ I’m not too sure whether the
customers realised the seriousness
of the situation. ”
Mr Clements said the company
had owned the plane for four
years, and why the engine failed
was a “mystery”.
He assured the public his
company, which began 12 years
ago and employs 30 staff, was
“All of the maintenance on the
aircraft is done by an approved
company and all done according
to CAA rules. We’re subject to
regular auditing,” he said.
“ It ’s an aircraft incident as
opposed to a skydiving incident.”
The Transport Accident
(TAIC) has opened an inquiry
into the incident.
“Three investigators are
travelling to Taupo to commence
inquiries that will focus at first
on securing evidence including
the wreckage, aircraft and flight
information, and gathering initial
accounts from those involved as
well as witnesses,” the TAIC said.
“A fourth investigator is
working from Wellington. Police
divers will assist the commission’s
investigators with under water
inspection and photography of
the wreckage before it is lifted
from the lake bed by commercial
salvage experts. ”
The inquiry would focus on
identifying what occurred and
why, the TAIC said, as well as
any lessons or recommendations
which could be taken from the
crash to prevent similar incidents
in the future.
A full inquiry could take up to
18 months, it said.
A TAIC spokesman said it had
taken control of the investigation
from the CAA principally
because of the “type of operation
and number of people involved”.
A range of factors would be
considered before taking the
lead in an investigation, he said,
but the TAIC was interested in
incidents in which lessons could
be learned to improve transport
safety. — NZME
Skydiving boss hails evacuation
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald, Michael Kelly
A patrol boat assists near the plane wreckage, submerged in Lake Taupo yesterday. Inset: A piece of the
plane lying in shallow water.
A one-year-old girl who was taken to
Christchurch Hospital with a serious
head injury on Tuesday has died.
The girl was taken to Christchurch
Hospital with a serious head injury on
Tuesday night, police said.
She died shortly before 8.30pm
yesterday with her parents at her bedside,
Christchurch police detective senior
sergeant Scott Anderson said.
A post-mortem examination is due to
be carried out later today.
Police and Victim Support were
working with the baby’s parents, who
were understandably very upset at the
tragic loss of their child, Mr Anderson
The family had requested privacy while
The baby girl was taken to hospital by
her regular babysitter with assistance
from her neighbour, Mr Anderson said.
“Scene examinations at a Worcester
Street address and possibly other
addresses in Christchurch will be
completed today,” he said.
A homicide investigation had been
Police were not in a position to make
any further comment and would not
speculate on the outcome of the ongoing
investigation, Mr Anderson said.
“ When police are in a position to make
further comment another media release
will be made.”
Neighbours yesterday expressed shock
over the incident and said they did not
know there was a child living at the
They said a Fijian Indian couple moved
there less than two months ago.
Many of the neighbours did not wish
to be named but all spoke about the
woman of the household hardly ever
venturing outside. Most say they did not
know there was a baby there. Only one
woman had known.
“ I used to see (the father believed to be
in his 30s) carrying a baby in his arms
and walk in and out of the front door,”
one woman said.
The woman of the house, in her mid-
20s, is said to have been pregnant with a
“They ’ve only been there for about two
“ I’d seen the girl probably six times but
she never spoke or even looked at me.
I thought she was pregnant but I never
saw a baby there,” one elderly neighbour
“ It ’s just total shock. It’s awful,” he said.
“ I’ve been here since 2001 and never
had any trouble. It ’s always been a very
quiet street.” — NZME
A fierce fire that destroyed
hundreds of cars and car bodies in an
Invercargill wrecker’s yard is no longer
being treated as suspicious.
Police and Fire Ser vice officers
inspected the site yesterday morning
and confirmed the fire began in a
rubbish drum on land next to the
Scrap Metal Man car storage yard in
Opetuni Avenue, Southland fire risk
manager Mike Cahill said yesterday.
The fire, which was noticed about
5.45pm on Tuesday, spread rapidly,
fanned by strong winds. Firefighters
worked for six hours to contain it and
save surrounding industrial buildings
and some vehicles.
Scrap Metal Man, owned by Robert
Butler and business partner Tania
Conner, buys vehicles and exports
engines, parts and car bodies. It also
operates a green waste collection
ser vice and buys scrap metal.
Mr Butler estimated the company
had lost about $250,000-$300,000
worth of stock, plus a green waste
collection truck worth about $40,000.
Two diggers and a forklift were
The burned cars were not insured,
“ I hope the neighbour has public
liability insurance. We’re a bit out of
pocket and as far as I know, the guy
next door is culpable.”
Mr Cahill said the rubbish fire had
been left unattended, but the Fire
Ser vice was not able to prosecute
anyone and liability was a matter
between Mr Butler and his neighbour.
“All we can do is recommend all due
care is taken when any fire is lit and
fires are not left unattended,” he said.
There was no fire ban in place in
Invercargill at present, he said.
Senior sergeant Maggie Windle, of
Invercargill, said yesterday detectives
were still investigating the fire to
determine “the full picture” and it was
too soon to say what the outcome
Mr Butler said all was not lost
financially, as some of the burned
vehicles still had some value and could
The alarm raised by an off-duty
firefighter who saw the fire as he
was running along the banks of the
Otepuni Stream, Mr Butler said.
“ Everyone is very grateful to him.
If he hadn’t seen it things could have
been a lot worse.”
— Otago Daily Times
Investigators rule out arson
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Scrap Metal Man employee Dwayne Lynes yesterday with the remains
of cars destroyed by a fire that ripped through the company’s Otepuni Ave
storage yard in Invercargill on Tuesday night.
Bridge fall fatal
A person has died after falling from a
traffic overbridge in central Auckland.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the Hopetoun Street bridge across the
Southern Motor way and off-ramps in
Freemans Bay about 8.50am.
shift commander Andy Brill said traffic
diversions were in place while incident
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A stolen car was driven 25km on
wheel rims along a rural Northland
road after being spiked during a
Whangarei police spokeswoman
Sarah Kennett said three males
were noticed loitering around a car
in Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi,
about 7pm on Tuesday. A member
of the public saw them get in the
yellow Mazda stationwagon and
The car was seen about 80 minutes
later near Towai on State highway 1.
It was again seen by police near the
turn-off to Whananaki North where
a pursuit started.The fleeing car went
over spikes just north of Hikurangi
but continued on Whananaki South
Road for another 25km.
Ms Kennett said the car continued
to the end of the road, half of
which was gravel, where the car
finally stopped and three teenagers,
from Kawakawa, Moerewa and
Whangarei, were arrested at 8.50pm.
A 17-year-old is charged with
unlawfully taking a motor vehicle,
driving in a dangerous manner,
unlawfully getting into a motor
vehicle and failing to stop. He is to
appear in the Kaikohe District Court
on January 12. Another 17-year-old
is facing a charge of unlawfully taking
a motor vehicle and possession
of utensils for cannabis. He was
scheduled to appear in the Kaikohe
District Court yesterday. The third
person involved, a 16-year-old, is
being dealt with by Youth Aid.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Chased car travels 25km on wheel rims
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