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Smash claims life
A woman died and two people were
seriously injured in an early morning
crash that forced the closure of a main
arterial route north of Auckland.
Coral Jobsis, 23, was the sole occupant
of one of the vehicles. A 26-year-old
man and a 26-year-old woman in
the other car were taken to Auckland
Hospital in serious condition.
The 5.30am head-on collision on
Whangaparaoa Road closed the road
for over two hours. — NZME
A fire that started in a shopping
trolley in a Wellington shopping
centre early today was being
treated as suspicious. Fire Ser vice
spokesman Murray Dunbar said
the fire began in a shopping trolley
in a car park beneath the Karori
shopping mall. It started shortly after
midnight and took firefighters an
hour to put out as the flames spread
to some ducting, he said. — N Z ME
Baby murder remand
A woman charged with the
murder of a one-year-old girl has
been remanded on bail. The 18-year
old appeared from custody in the
Christchurch District Court yesterday
afternoon. She was granted interim
name suppression. Defence lawyer
Paul Johnson applied for bail — not
opposed by police — so he could
obtain instructions and get disclosure
from police. He argued bail should be
granted on the basis that her family,
including parents and siblings in Fiji,
did not know she had been charged.
She was five months pregnant and
lived with her husband. Judge Alistair
Garland remanded the woman to
the High Court in Christchurch on
February 5. — NZME
Police text link fixed
A national emergency text ser vice
was affected by a technical outage
yesterday. Confirming the outage,
police said the problem with the 111
TXT ser vice, which allows people
with hearing and speech difficulties
to contact emergency ser vices via
text, has since been fixed. Only
people registered with the text ser vice
can contact emergency ser vices
through the system. — NZM E
A ticket sold in Palmerston North
won a $6.5 million prize package in
division one of Big Wednesday draw
No 482. The ticket won $5,087,700 in
cash, an Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi
Q7, Rayglass 2200 boat, $50,000 Visa
platinum card, $50,000 of luxury travel
and $675,000 cash towards a bach.
The ticket also won $14,398 in second
division. Successful numbers were 1,
10, 15, 16, 32, 34; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10700:
6, 9, 19, 23, 25, 32, 33, 34, 35, 47, 57,
58, 59, 60, 61, 65, 67, 70, 72, 76. Draw
No 10701: 1, 3, 4, 6, 13, 17, 18, 19, 31,
35, 40, 47, 54, 56, 58, 60, 61, 68, 69, 74.
Draw No 10702: 4, 8, 12, 14, 16, 18,
20, 26, 28, 31, 34, 39, 40, 41, 47, 50, 59,
63, 69, 80. Draw No 10703: 3, 5, 10,
13, 14, 18, 20, 23, 25, 31, 35, 39, 45, 47,
51, 52, 55, 73, 75, 80.
Call to up ante with fishing pirates
Police are investigating after a patrol
car and another vehicle collided on
State highway 1 at Clarence, south of
Police said the crash happened about
7.30pm near Dead Man Stream
Initial indications were that the police
vehicle was at fault, and a serious crash
investigation would be undertaken.
Police were not immediately able to
comment as to whether an independent
investigation would go ahead as well.
Inspector Simon Feltham said none of
the occupants of the vehicles suffered
serious injuries; however the female
passenger in the car was taken for a
medical check-up. — N ZM E
A Hamilton man has died at a
Northland camping ground after being
electrocuted when he tried to cut the
power of a noisy caravan.
The body of the 30-year-old man was
found about 3am today at Whangaruru
Beachfront Camp, 50km north of
Whangarei, police spokeswoman Sarah
She said the man had been staying at
the camp with a friend and his friend’s
father when he became frustrated with
noise coming from a nearby caravan.
He had left his own camp site site
about 12.30am to deal with the issue.
“Allegedly he was frustrated about a
noisy stereo and he would have gone to
disconnect the power,” Ms Kennett said.
It appeared he had attempted to cut the
power cord to the caravan with pliers.
He was found about 3am by the
occupants of the caravan, she said.
It was unclear how many volts the
power cord carried, but it was thought to
be around 240 volts.
His death has been referred to the
A spokeswoman for the camping
ground declined to comment about the
“It’s all been ticked off by police,” she
said. — NZ ME -Northern Advocate
cable to noisy
Boats illegally fishing for toothfish
in the Southern Ocean continue to
evade the New Zealand Navy.
A spokesman for Foreign Minister
Murray McCully this morning said
the navy had not been able to board
the ships overnight.
He would not confirm if HMNZS
Wellington was continuing to pursue
“ We’re deliberately not saying too
much about the operational situation
down there at moment.”
The navy had been urged to
escalate a stand-off with the three
illegal fishing vessels, with calls for a
show of firepower.
The stand-off intensified yesterday
with the two ships refusing to let
Defence officials on board.
HMNZS Wellington was given
to board the vessels, which were
flagged to Equatorial Guinea and
were not legally permitted to fish
in the region. New Zealand First
defence spokesman Ron Mark said
the stand-off revealed concerns
about rules of engagement and the
war-fighting capability of our naval
“It is clear this needs escalation.
Offshore patrol vessels are armed
with a single gyro-stabilised 25mm
Bushmaster cannon and two
unstabilised .50-calibre machine-
guns. It should be sufficient to send a
warning shot across the bow.
“U ltimately, New Zealand is
exercising our legitimate legal rights
and should these vessels refuse
boarding then we must be prepared
to use force.”
Mr McCully said yesterday :
“HMNZS Wellington attempted to
exercise its legitimate right to board
the Yongding and the Songhua
but the vessels refused to
Equatorial Guinea told New
Zealand officials it was believed the
vessels were fishing illegally and
agreed the navy should board them
and verify their flag status.
— APNZ-New Zealand Herald
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Banks have started cutting interest
rates as the busy house-hunting season
From today, mortgage holders and
prospective home buyers with at least
20% deposit are being offered a three-
year fixed home loan rate of 5.59% at
BNZ, down from the bank’s previous
three-year rate of 5.99% . Kiwibank also
cut its two-year rate by 20 basis points
to 5.55%. According to industry experts,
consumers should expect better deals
from other major banks soon.
The lower rates could cut years off
some mortgages, saving homeowners
thousands of dollars in interest
They come as QV’s latest figures,
released yesterday, show Auckland house
values surged by an average of $68,309,
or 9.8%, last year to $761,858. Nationally
values were up 4.9%, or $22,652, to
Both Shamubeel Eaqub, New Zealand
principal economist, and the Real Estate
Institute’s chief Helen O’Sullivan said
house hunters and homeowners who
were able to re-fix their mortgages could
benefit from the lower interest rates.
“Given how competitive the home
lending market is, I can’t imagine the
other banks will not respond,” Ms
O’Sullivan said. “ If you can find an
offer from a bank, you should definitely
be asking your own bank to match it if
you’re re-fixing,” she said.
Mr Eaqub said the new rates reflected
an expectation from banks, financial
markets and economists for interest
rates to remain steady this year.
“The Reser ve Bank will not do anything
this year and as a result mortgage rates
have come off right across the board,” he
“ With lower wholesale rates, banks can
afford to offer much sharper rates, which
they ’re doing.
“ When one of them does it all of them
do it — even if they haven’t advertised it,
punters should be going to their bank or
their mortgage broker asking for a better
deal,” he said.
Keeping cash payments the same with a
lower rate reduced loan principals faster
and “can take years off your mortgage”.
The Reser ve Bank official cash rate,
the basis for how banks set their rates,
A breakdown of the latest QV data
showed Auckland house values jumped
4.2% in the final three months of 2014
alone, with values now 39.4% higher
than during the previous peak of 2007.
Both Westpac and ASB said the banks
were monitoring the home loan market.
A spokesman from ANZ said it had
nothing to announce last night.
Kiwibank spokesman Bruce Thompson
said its two-year rate was available to
anyone with a 20% deposit and existing
mortgage holders who were looking to
re-fix. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Pat Paulin, of Frankton, centre, shows the barometer to Hugh and Viv Beilby, of Auckland, that was
presented to Mr Beilby’s great-uncle, Charles Beilby, nearly a century ago before he left for Europe
during World War One. Below: The inscription on the back.
Nearly a century ago, a
barometer was presented to a
Murchison mining engineer
about to sail for World War One.
It sur vived three years with
Charles Beilby on the Western
Front before he returned to settle
on the West Coast. Some time
before or after he died of a heart
attack at Denniston in 1932, man
and barometer parted company,
and it found its way to the
scheelite fields of Glenorchy.
Last week in Queenstown, after
some detective work, Pat Paulin
placed the barometer in the hands
of Charles Beilby’s great-nephew,
Hugh Beilby, of Auckland.
“ What stories that could tell,”
Mr Paulin said.
“ My goodness,” came the reply.
Mr Paulin, a retired teacher, said
his search for a descendant of
Charles Beilby became “personal”.
“ It’s only a tiny little thing,
but it ’s got a man’s life wrapped
up in it. I thought it would be
mar vellous if we could find some
descendant of the family.”
His quest began three months ago
after he was shown the barometer
by a nephew visiting from
Canterbury. It had belonged to his
late brother, Andy, and on the back
was the inscription: “C S Beilby,
presented by residents, Murchison
County, March 30th 1916.”
A search of the Papers Past
website uncovered a Nelson
Evening Mail article, dated April
1, 1916, describing a function two
days earlier for departing soldiers
— including a C S Beilby.
More investigation revealed that
Charles Beilby married but never
had children. After returning
from the war, he resumed work
as a mining engineer — even
standing for Parliament in 1925
in the Buller electorate.
Relieved to find only 13
telephone listings for Beilbys in
the country, Mr Paulin rang a
number in Clyde, and was told to
call the “family historians”, Hugh
and Viv Beilby, in Auckland.
A meeting in Q ueenstown was
arranged after the couple told
him they were visiting family in
Alexandra over the holidays.
Mr Beilby said he and his wife
were intrigued by Mr Paulin’s call.
“ We didn’t know such a thing
existed, and it’s nice to find
something that ’s part of the
They had decided to give the
barometer to the Murchison
“ I think it would be nice for
it to be preser ved somewhere
appropriate, where it would
be remembered and cared for
Mr Paulin said the barometer
might have been given to his
brother by their father; both men
were miners in the Glenorchy
scheelite fields, where many West
Coast miners were sent to work
during the world wars.
He hoped the story would “ring
a bell” with a reader, someone
who might know how the
barometer travelled from the
West Coast to Glenorchy.
— Otago Daily Times
Historic barometer going back to Murchison
Hydro lake levels are falling and
wholesale power prices rising as
drought threatens in parts of the
The country’s biggest hydro
generator, Meridian, said its Lake
Pukaki storage was just below average,
at 94%, and Lakes Manapouri and Te
Anau were in the middle of the main
“ We are comfortable with the
current situation. As always, we are
keeping a close eye on conditions,” a
Meridian’s operating report for
December shows its inflows last
month were 81% of average.
In its main Waitaki catchment,
storage dropped from 99% of average
to 91% during the month. Inland
eastern areas of the South Island have
been particularly dry.
Mighty River Power said that
while industry-wide national storage
was 93% of average, storage at Lake
Taupo, which feeds its Waikato
River network of stations, was above
Transpower has oversight of the
electricity system and says that while
there had been a fall in storage to
below average in the South Island,
the risk of shortages over the next
eight to 10 weeks remains low.
A fire danger-style “risk meter”
is set to normal and Transpower
says the threat of a shortage in the
following two to three months is
largely dependent on rainfall and
snow melt in hydro catchments.
In figures to the start of this week,
Transpower said the spot price had
averaged $78 per MWh over the
past four weeks and this was higher
than prices at this time last year.
Latest NZX figures show prices have
increased from just on $78 per MWh
last Tuesday to $99 a week later.
The Meridian data shows a sharp
rise in the average price it has been
paid for its generation during the
past six months — up 62% on the
comparable period last year. After
several years of falling or flat demand
there was an increase in sales of 3.3%
in December compared with the same
month in 2013. For the calendar year
2014, demand increased 1.3% .
Mighty River Power will release its
latest operating figures next week but
general manager of hydro-wholesale
Phil Gibson said the make-up of the
partially-listed company ’s portfolio,
including its large geothermal
base, meant it had a high level of
resilience and flexibility to mitigate
dry conditions. About 40% of MRP ’s
total generation is geothermal.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Hydro lake levels starting to fall
Police chief admits
Mike Bush has admitted
there was some confusion
surrounding the police
acknowledged that they
should have been clearer
about what speed levels
would be enforced.
This comes after the
campaign was widely
criticised by the public and
other agencies, with many
calling it ambiguous and
Yesterday, Mr Bush said he had listened
to public feedback on the summer road
safety campaign and hoped police would
learn from the experience.
“ Retaining public trust and confidence
in the police is critical and underpins the
principle of policing.
“ Future road policing campaigns will
have clear messaging and public support
for our important work to ensure the
safety of New Zealanders on our roads.”
Mr Bush said he acknowledged there
was some confusion about messaging
surrounding the summer road safety
“The purpose of the campaign was to
save lives on our roads; however some
members of the public have told us that
our messaging was not clear enough
around what speed levels would be
enforced. I acknowledge we should have
“ We should have been explicit that
speed cameras were set for usual holiday
tolerance of more than 4kph over the
limit and that roadside officers would
continue to use their
discretion in stopping
people driving over the
speed limit, but would
focus on unsafe driving
said police staff used their
over the summer campaign.
He said as of yesterday
only 14 tickets were issued
for speeds of between
1kph and 4kph over a
speed limit compared to
the 13 tickets that were
issued throughout the
same period during the December
2013-January 2014 campaign.
Mr Bush said there would be review
of the messaging in the “safer summer”
campaign, and outcomes of the review
would be incorporated into future
Earlier this week Police Minister Michael
Woodhouse admitted he had concerns
over the summer speed enforcement
message before it went public, saying it
was confusing and ambiguous.
Mr Woodhouse said he had not
inter vened in the campaign as it was
However, Mr Woodhouse has asked
police to officially review the public
messages that underpinned the road
“ Police share my enthusiasm for clearly
articulated safety messages that maintain
public confidence and I want to be sure
we have those messages clear,” he said.
Seventeen people were killed on the
roads over the Christmas-New Year,
more than double the 2013-14 toll.
Reports of a helicopter crash at
Ngunguru, Whangarei have turned out
to be a training exercise.
Police received a report this morning
that a helicopter had crashed near the
Police said inquiries found that there
had been no crash.
They said the the Northland Electricity
rescue helicopter had been carrying out
a training exercise in the area at the
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Copter ‘crash’ an exercise
The five nations that make up the
world’s leading intelligence-sharing
network will meet in London next week
to confer on strategies to fight terrorism
in the wake of the Paris attacks, Canadian
Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney
said the so-called Five Eyes — the
United States, Australia, Canada, Britain
and New Zealand — had scheduled a
meeting for January 22.
His comments were unusual, since
members of the network rarely talk
about its activity.
“ We’re going to have a meeting with
our Five Eyes allies in London . . . and
this is serious stuff. Terrorism will be
there” on the agenda, Blaney told CTV
US intelligence officials have shared
with their French
information related to the travel history
of those suspected of involvement in
the Paris attacks, in which a total of 17
people died, a White House spokesman
Blaney gave no more details of the
London meeting, save to say that US
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh
Johnson would be present.
Separately, a Canadian government
official said the L ondon event had been
scheduled before the Paris attacks.
“The Five Eyes regularly meet to
discuss shared concerns and approaches,”
The official, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, added that the
fight against terrorism would be “a major
focus” of the meeting but declined to
give more details.
The five nations that comprise the group
divide the world into eavesdropping
target sectors and share the results.
Five Eyes to
hold talks on
‘serious stuff ’
Thieves are picking over the piles
of donations for charities for the
best items and selling them on.
The shop manager at the
Wairarapa Resource Centre in
Masterton, Trudie Jones, said good
quality items dropped outside
the shop after closing were an
easy target for people who help
“ It is theft,” Mrs Jones said.
“ It’s been going on for a long time.
A double mattress was taken this
morning,” she said.
Staff are arriving at the shop in
the mornings to find the donations
have been picked over and the
better items taken.
People have been spotted stealing
things at 5.30am.
Staff believe people conduct
“drive-bys” to see what is available.
Household goods that can be resold
are being targeted, including small
appliances, furniture and crockery.
“ We suspect it is professional
thieves selling it on. We are tracking
an item on Trade Me. Things have
turned up at the Sunday market in
Masterton,” Mrs Jones said.
The centre is considering taking
steps to beef up its security.
“ We are going to be changing
the front door way to make it more
secure,” Mrs Jones said.
CCTV is also being considered
and security guards could be used
as a last resort.
If the thefts continue, the
continued existence of the business
could be threatened.
“ We are losing money through
what people are removing. We
can’t make the money back again,”
projects manager at the centre
Jonathan Hooker said.
“The only way the business can
stay viable is through donations and
The Salvation Army has also been
targeted and lieutenant Daryn
Bishop met with members of the
Resource Centre yesterday morning
to discuss the problem.
“Both businesses are only here to
help the community,” Mr Hooker
The police have been informed.
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Thieves pick best of charity drop-offs
An elderly Putaruru rest home
resident is in hospital after suffering
a head injury during an incident at
the home last night.
The 73-year-old woman was
allegedly assaulted by a man at the
rest home about 9.30pm.
Emergency ser vices were called
and she was treated by St John
ambulance staff before the Westpac
Waikato rescue helicopter took her
to Waikato Hospital about 10pm.
It was not clear if the man was a
resident of the rest home.
Police were unavailable for
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Rest home assault puts woman in hospital
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