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Two fishermen were rescued from a
deep gorge near Manawatu after one
fell and injured himself on Friday
evening. The two men were fishing
in a deep gorge, 5km downstream of
the Makatote railway viaduct near
State highway 4, when one fell and
injured his ribs. A rescue helicopter
spokesman said although the men
were in a steep sided, narrow gorge,
they were in an area just wide
enough to allow the helicopter to get
to them. The injured man in his 50s
was flown to Waikato Hospital.
A man drowned after finding
himself in difficulty during a swim
with his daughter. The 74 year-old
Lower Hutt man drowned off Peka
Peka Beach on the Kapiti Coast
just before 6pm on Saturday. His
daughter, 51, managed to swim to
shore and was taken to Wellington
Hospital in a serious condition.
About 20 minutes later, a member
of the public located the man in
water just off the beach and pulled
him ashore but he was not able to be
revived. — NZ ME
A house in Palmerston North
has been damaged after Molotov
cocktails were thrown at it following
a dispute between two neighbours.
Police said they received a call
about 7.50pm on Friday that several
Molotov cocktails had been thrown
at a house in Egmont Street in
Westbrook in Palmerston North.
Two men at a nearby address were
arrested. A 44-year-old local man
was charged with arson. Police said a
52-year-old man was assisting them
with their inquiries. — N Z ME
$5m win to Nelson
A ticket sold in Nelson has won its
holder $5 million in Lotto,
$1 million from division one of
Lotto draw No 1440 and $4 million
in Powerball division one. Successful
numbers were 2, 15, 19, 27, 37, 39;
bonus 26. Strike numbers were 19,
15, 39, 27. There was one Strike Four
winner, from Upper Hutt, taking
home $125,380. Powerball number
10. The Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Timaru. The winner from
Whangaparaoa spun for $200,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10684:
10, 15, 21, 25, 26, 27, 33, 39, 42, 44, 46,
48, 51, 53, 54, 56, 57, 60, 72, 76. Draw
No 10685: 7, 9, 10, 15, 26, 30, 31, 35,
37, 43, 45, 48, 52, 60, 68, 69, 73, 74, 75,
76. Draw No 10686: 2, 3, 17, 19, 22,
23, 26, 27, 43, 44, 45, 54, 56, 59, 65, 66,
68, 69, 72, 73. Draw No 10687: 5, 6, 8,
14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 32, 53, 55, 56, 58,
60, 66, 67, 69, 75, 80. Draw No 10688:
2, 3, 15, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 35,
39, 52, 57, 62, 69, 73, 76, 78, 80. Draw
No 10689: 1, 5, 8, 9, 19, 20, 25, 28, 35,
36, 44, 45, 46, 50, 51, 53, 54, 59, 65, 73.
Draw No 10690: 8, 12, 21, 23, 28, 30,
31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 52, 55, 57, 66, 67,
68, 74, 76. Draw No 10691: 1, 7, 18,
19, 27, 35, 42, 45, 51, 53, 59, 60, 65, 67,
68, 70, 72, 74, 75, 80.
New Zealanders living in Australia
have chalked up a small but important
victory for expatriates after being
accepted for trials with the Australian
Most New Zealanders living there have
been unable to join the military because
of a requirement to have citizenship or
at least permanent residency.
But some have now exploited a
loophole that allowed people who have
lived in Australia before 1994 to gain a
resident return visa.
This gave them the permanent
residency required to seek a position in
the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
An expatriate who has been striving
for eight years to enlist in the
Australian army says it is a small step
in the campaign for full equality for
the 700,000 New Zealanders living in
Duncan Sandilands — a former New
Zealand Territorial soldier who was
born in Feilding and now lives in Perth
was finally invited to sit an entrance
test by the ADF’s recruitment ser vices
this month after being granted a return
visa last year.
In a letter to Mr Sandilands,
Australian Assistant Defence Minister
Stuart Robert said the requirement for
soldiers to be Australian citizens —
or permanent residents applying for
citizenship — would not change.
But Mr Sandilands, 54, believes there
is now a glimmer of hope for any expat
New Zealander who wants to ser ve their
“The ADF cannot alienate people who
have grown up in Australia by saying
they have no right to help defend your
country. It is against what Anzac stands
for,” he said.
Mr Sandilands’ initial frustration with
being excluded from the ADF was
deepened by his family’s rich Australian
history. His great-grandfather was
Lord Mayor of Melbourne and his
grandfather fought with Australian
troops at Gallipoli.
He was delighted by his potential
recruitment to the Australian forces
but said many more expats were still
prevented from enlisting.
A law change in 2001 blocked New
Zealanders who arrived after that
date from getting access to permanent
residency and the privileges that come
with it. These privileges include access
to social security and other support
ser vices, and the right to enlist in the
Mr Sandilands said: “Some children
were brought over at four years old,
educated as an Australian, and on Anzac
Day stand in front of the flag and sing
the national anthem in memory of the
“ When they turn 18 and want to
join the army they will be told to go
back to New Zealand. It ’s like being
told to go back to Russia — the child
has no affiliation with New Zealand
Prime Minister John Key has raised
the issue of discrimination with his
counterpart Tony Abbott.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Expats find Aust army loophole
Farmers and rural householders
are being warned about starting
fires after a “crazy ” seven hours by
South Island firefighters tackling
small rural blazes yesterday.
A spate of grass and bush fires
kept firefighters on their toes
all day, as the dry conditions
across the Canterbury region left
large swathes of the countryside
Two reports of separate fires in
the Oxford and south Canterbury
areas shortly before 12.30pm
had the Fire Ser vice scrambling
for resources, southern fire
communications shift manager
Rewai Grace said.
“Thankfully they ended up
being quite small,” he said.
Mr Grace warned that people
needed to be more responsible
when conditions were so dry.
“One was a farmer who had a
bit of a controlled burn. He has
been spoken to in a very firm but
nice way about the fire and how
dangerous it is at the moment,”
“ I think people forget they are
liable for costs if they’re reckless.
It can cost a lot of money.”
Firefighters had been tackling
lots of little fires all day across
the South Island, he said, but
thankfully none had got out of
“ It ’s been crazy, it hasn’t
stopped.” — NZME
crews kept busy
A Queenstown jetboat operator
says they are “pulling our hair
out” trying to find out how one
of its boats hit a rock, injuring
six tourists, in the second such
incident in three months.
A 12-year-old Australian
girl remained in hospital last
night following Saturday ’s
crash, in which a boatload of
14 tourists were thrown from
the Shotover Jet boat as it came
through a narrow twisty canyon
on Shotover River, just around
Five others were injured in
the incident — including a
honeymooning couple — but
have since been released from
It is the second such crash
for the popular Queenstown
jetboating company, following a
similar crash in October when
one of its boats “came into
contact with a rock”. No-one was
Shotover Jet manager Clark
Scott said despite two similar
crashes within months of each
other, such incidents were “really
“These situations are certainly
not the norm, and if they were we
wouldn’t have a business,” he said.
He did not know how two
similar crashes had happened
within such a short space of time.
“ We’re a wee bit in the dark,
and we want to know, we want
to mitigate it ever happening
again,” Mr Scott said, describing
it as “very frustrating”.
“ We’re pulling out hair out.”
Mr Scott would not go into
detail about the factors that led
to the October crash, or what,
if any, measures had been taken
by the company since. But he
said that while rocks have been
known to move under the water,
“the environment we operate it is
“However, we operate in
adventure tourism — the very
nature does include an element
of risk, and that I think is
acknowledged and understood by
all within the industry,” he said.
“Any responsible operator, and I
put ourselves in that grouping, all
we can do is minimise that risk
by having in place the best, most
comprehensive safety, training
and maintenance programmes
we can, and we believe we have
the best in the industry.
“ Further to that, the safety of
our passengers and our staff is
paramount, if it wasn’t for safety
we would not have a business.”
The company, including the male
driver, was taking the Maritime
New Zealand investigation
into the crash with “the utmost
seriousness”, he said, and had
brought in an independent
investigator of its own to help
determine what happened.
“We have a lot to work
through and we have no date
or time for when we’ll have a
greater understanding of what
happened,” he said.
“The key thing at the moment
is making sure that everyone that
was on the boat is comfortable,
happy and can get on with
enjoying their holidays, and we’re
doing our best to support that.
They ’re our utmost focus.”
Mr Scott said while the driver
was a “newer” member of staff,
he was “very experienced” and
all Shotover Jet drivers have a
minimum of 120 hours under
their belt before they take to the
water — more than double the
national requirement of 50 hours,
It was not the same driver that
was involved in the October
incident, he said.
The driver has been stood down
while the investigation takes
place, but Mr Scott said he would
be happy to bring him back on
board once that is complete.
“ He’s certainly a respected
member of the team and a skilful
driver, and we haven’t got any
issue with him at this stage,”
he said. “But we’ll carry out the
investigation and take it from
Shotover Jet resumed operations
yesterday morning at 8am after
c learance from Maritime NZ.
The company, which is owned
by Ngai Tahu Tourism, has
carried more than three million
passengers since being launched
in 1965. In April last year the
company gained international
attention after taking the Duke
and D uchess of Cambridge on a
trip. — NZ ME
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Four die in weekend vehicle crashes
It was a grim weekend for several
families around the country, after
four people — including a nine-year-
old boy — died in vehicle-related
Scottish tourist Richard Webster
Harbinson was yesterday named as the
victim of a crash on Waimarama Road,
near Hastings, on Friday.
The 68-year-old, who was driving,
crossed the centre line and clipped an
oncoming vehicle — sending his car
into a nearby tree.
His wife and his adult daughter —
who they had been visiting — were
also in the vehicle and suffered serious
They were taken to Hawke’s Bay
Regional Hospital for treatment.
Glen Cantlon, 44, was named as
the victim of an accident just south
of Fairlie, in Canterbury, early on
Saturday morning. Mr Cantlon died
when he lost control of his car on an
unsealed section of School Road and
crashed into a ditch.
Just after 2pm on Saturday, a
motorcyclist died in Mangatawhiri, just
south of Auckland. He collided with
an oncoming vehicle on Bell Road and
died at the scene.
The nine-year-old boy died while go-
karting at Ahipara, on Ninety Mile
Beach, late on Saturday afternoon.
A local resident said: “ We need more
of a police presence on the beach, I
think. They need to have stricter rules
about vehicles on the beach.”
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
The Shanton chain of women’s
clothing stores has gone into
voluntary administration just
over two years after it was bought
out of receivership.
Williams, said the 240 staff at
the 37 Shanton stores across
the country would continue
to get paid, but that further
before a call was made about
The businesses will continue
to trade normally, though Mr
Williams said gift vouchers and
lay-by purchases will need to be
dealt with through his office.
according to Mr Williams,
allows the possibility for “a
workout from difficult economic
“Liquidation is terminal in
the company ’s life, whereas VA
(voluntary administration) offers
hope of commercial revival
brought about through the skills
of the administrator to focus and
harmonise all the resources of the
company into a recovery plan.”
The directors of the chain’s
appointed Mr Williams after the
company ’s credit facilities were
withdrawn and demands made
for repayment of the overdrawn
“ Despite the company having
its liquidity greatly reduced, the
directors are still of the view
that the business can continue
and the brand sur vive. They are
highly motivated to achieve
this outcome, which is why
they have elected voluntary
administration,” Mr Williams
It is not yet known how much
the company owes creditors, but
this is likely to be discovered this
Shanton Fashions purchased
the chain as a going concern
from the receivers of its previous
owners in December 2012.
That company, Shanton Retail,
eventually repaid the $600,000
owed to its employees and Inland
Revenue. Receivers reached a
deal with trade creditors owed
Those owed less than $500
received all their money back,
while those owed more than
$1000 got back 10%.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A Lake Hawea base jumper has completed
New Zealand’s biggest base jump, with a
vertical drop of almost 2km.
David Walden, 45, stepped off a rock on the
north shoulder of Mount Avalanche in the
Mount Aspiring National Park, near Wanaka,
two days before Christmas.
He dropped 1840m and landed safely 4km
away, crossing the Bonar Glacier as he flew at
terminal velocity of 150kph.
Mr Walden jumped with a wingsuit and
landed with the assistance of a parachute.
“ You fly down over a glacier, and over a
frozen lake, and over a huge water fall, over a
forest, and over tussocks, and you land on one
of the beautiful flats, next to a river.
“There are a lot of nice things about it.
“It ’s not just about making the biggest
Mr Walden, who was born in South Africa,
has a long history in aviation as a glider and
hang glider pilot.
He began base jumping six years ago and
has completed 450 jumps, mostly in Europe.
Mr Walden said he chose Mount Avalanche
because he wanted to do a “big jump in the
high mountains” and it offered an “exit ”, or
jumping off point, with the required vertical
face of 150m.
“That is one of the few places in that area
where the cliff is steep enough.
“ We jump with a wing suit, but the first part
of the jump, you still go down like a rock.”
Mr Walden said he had been dreaming
about doing the jump for two years, and
preparations included two “scoping” trips
to the launch site where he used a laser to
determine the cliff face was steep enough.
“ I’m very methodical about my jumping,”
Mr Walden said.
He was accompanied by his wife Renee,
who skydives but does not base jump.
Mr Walden said there are no official records
in base jumping and he had not set out to
make or break records, wanting only to “make
a nice jump”.
“ It turns out at the moment it ’s the biggest
jump, but there’s a lot of terrain in New
Zealand and it ’s probably not going to be
long before there’s an even bigger jump. ”
— Otago Daily Times
NZ’s biggest base jump
David Walden, of Lake Hawea, preparing to jump from the north shoulder of Mount
Avalanche in the Mount Aspiring National Park.
chain Shanton in
One that didn’t get away
Dunedin man Jared Hewitt,
20, shows off a 7.9kg salmon he
hooked off Taiaroa Head, at the
entrance to Otago Harbour, on
It was the first time Mr
Hewitt had landed a salmon in
several years of fishing, but it
did not come without a fight,
taking 45 minutes to reel in.
New Zealand Salmon
Anglers’ Association Otago
branch past president Wayne
Olsen said Mr Hewitt ’s catch
was a’’very, very good’’ fish.
It was probably about three
years old. Only about three or
four fish that size were caught
in the harbour each year, Mr
— Otago Daily Times
The coastguard and police are
unimpressed with an ill-equipped
boatie rescued yesterday after
going missing in a small boat.
The man went missing off
Kawakawa Bay near Clevedon
and two members of the public
found the man in the sea,
treading water about 6am. They
returned him to Kawakawa Bay
in their boat.
Police and the coastguard said
the man had no radio, no lights
and was not wearing a lifejacket.
The man was taken to
Middlemore Hospital where he
is recovering after his rescue. The
dinghy he was in has not been
He left Kawakawa Bay on
Saturday, then phoned a friend to
report engine difficulties.
“On his last contact, which was
late yesterday (Saturday) evening,
(he) advised that he had engine
trouble and required assistance,”
Coastguard northern region duty
officer Mark Leevers said.
“Certainly this does highlight
the need to carry two forms of
communication that work,” Mr
“This person appears to have
been in the water for quite some
time, and unable to alert anybody
to his situation. ”
Mr Leevers said a VHF radio
would have resolved the situation
“ in a matter of minutes” rather
than hours the man spent at sea
in a very small boat.
displeased, saying the man
was an example of someone
“going out with no lifejacket, no
communications, no lights and
wasting police time by going out
in a little dinghy”.
There was no indication alcohol
The Coastguard deployed three
boats with volunteer crews and
a Cessna 182 air patrol plane to
search for the man. Police sent
the maritime unit to look for the
man. — NZME
Driver injured as dozer rolls
The driver of a bulldozer jumped for his life
on Friday when it tipped over and rolled down a
bank in a forestry block on the Whakarau Road
near Te Karaka, inland from Gisborne.
The man, in his 50s, is in hospital in a serious
condition with head injuries and a broken arm.
Emergency ser vices were alerted to the
accident about 1pm.
“ We sent two ambulances from Gisborne and
called in the ECT rescue helicopter to fly the
injured driver to Gisborne Hospital,” a St John
He was admitted to the hospital’s intensive
“ He is in a serious condition,” a hospital
The man was operating the large dozer on a
“The vehicle was stuck on a tree stump. The
driver tried to manoeuvre around it but the
machine tipped over,” the St John officer said.
“The bulldozer went over the edge of a bank
and began to roll down it.
“ It rolled twice before the man was able to
jump clear, then the machine rolled another
20m to 30m before it stopped.
“The guy was lucky. The outcome could have
been a lot worse.”
— NZ ME-Gisborne Herald
Punched man in critical condition
A man is in a critical condition after he was
was punched during a brawl outside a Levin
pub on the weekend.
The incident between two groups, in their
20s, happened outside the Molotov Pub about
2.30am on Saturday, detective Darcy Parke said.
The 24-year-old man was knocked unconscious
during the fight and he was taken to Palmerston
North Hospital. His condition deteriorated and
the next day he was flown to Wellington Hospital.
“ While we are currently speaking with some
people who were at the scene, we know there
were about 50 people outside the pub at the time
and we want to speak to anyone that witnessed
the assault,” Mr Parke said. — NZ ME
A kayaker who found herself in trouble clung
on to a buoy as her daughter made it to shore
and raised the alarm.
The 38-year-old was with her daughter
kayaking near Eastbourne, Wellington about
5pm on Saturday. Police said she fell out of her
kayak in strong north-westerly winds and could
not make the 100m distance back to shore.
She was wearing a lifejacket and made it to
a buoy. After her daughter raised the alarm,
maritime police organised a marine broadcast
on the emergency channel.
Members of Muritai Yacht Club heard the
broadcast and put their rescue boat in the water.
Police said Michael and Chris Trudgen from
the yacht club found the woman a short time
later and pulled her to safety. She had mild
hypothermia after being in the sea for about 40
minutes. — NZ ME
Kayaker clings to buoy before rescue
Second mishap in six months
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