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Boy badly hurt in pool
A 10-year-old boy was seriously
hurt when he dived into a swimming
pool and hit the bottom in the Bay
of Plenty on Saturday. The boy was
suspected of seriously injuring his
neck when he hit the bottom of the
Opotiki swimming pool before 5pm.
He remains in Rotorua Hospital.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Injured man f lown out
A young man was rescued from a
hut in Hawke’s Bay with a suspected
fractured arm. Rescuers used
night vision equipment to find the
Waiokaka hut in the Mohaka River,
after receiving a call from a group
staying at the hut reporting one of
the party had been injured. A rescue
helicopter was sent to reach the
group, and landed at the hut before
1am yesterday. The man was flown to
Taupo Hospital. — NZ ME
Car hits house
A car smashed through a fence into
a suburban house early yesterday.
The crash happened on Huia Road
in Point Chevalier, Auckland.
Emergency ser vices were called
shortly before 4am. The car had
crashed through a fence and then
into the house. A section of the
house the car hit with appeared to be
leaning over. St John said two people
were taken to hospital with minor
injuries. — NZME
Stuck woman saved
A woman who was stuck in mud up
to her knees in an estuary north of
Auckland has been winched to safety.
The woman was clinging on to a
yacht in the Okura River, after being
seen sinking into mud at low tide
shortly before 11.45am yesterday, the
Fire Ser vice said. A rescue helicopter
was sent and she was pulled out
about 12.40pm. — NZM E
A ticket sold in Silverdale, north
Auckland, won its holder $1 million
in division one of Lotto draw
No 1441 on Saturday. Successful
numbers were 15, 19, 30, 32, 35,
40; bonus 18. Strike numbers were
40, 19, 15, 32. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 6.
There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in Upper Hutt. The winner from
Christchurch spun for $500,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10712:
53, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73, 77, 78. Draw No
10713: 2, 7, 8, 25, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37,
41, 42, 43, 44, 47, 50, 54, 58, 62, 73, 75.
Draw No 10714: 7, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17,
21, 27, 31, 33, 43, 44, 49, 50, 53, 65, 71,
74, 77, 78. Draw No 10715: 8, 9, 15,
19, 20, 23, 26, 28, 44, 45, 46, 52, 53, 56,
59, 61, 65, 69, 70, 76. Draw No 10716:
1, 12, 14, 15, 22, 24, 27, 29, 32, 33, 37,
59, 62, 63, 65, 68, 69, 70, 73, 78. Draw
No 10717: 1, 3, 4, 8, 18, 23, 26, 30, 34,
37, 40, 41, 46, 50, 61, 62, 64, 65, 67, 69.
Draw No 10718: 2, 14, 19, 20, 23, 27,
32, 34, 40, 42, 44, 46, 51, 53, 54, 55, 58,
71, 74, 76. Draw No 10719: 9, 11, 12,
13, 14, 20, 22, 23, 24, 34, 42, 45, 46, 48,
55, 58, 61, 62, 77, 80.
Impaled head ‘like gruesome Halloween mask ’
A man who posted a video on-line of
two men accused of assaulting cricket
star Jesse Ryder, in a flagrant breach of
court suppression orders, has today had a
warrant issued for his arrest.
Jordan Mason, 29, used his cellphone
to film the pair leaving the Christchurch
District Court after they appeared on
charges of assaulting Ryder outside a
A judge granted a suppression order
which protected their identities in a bid
to secure them a fair trial.
A police officer spoke to Mason outside
court, advising him of the suppression
order and warned against doing anything
with his footage.
But Mason ignored the advice and
went ahead to upload the footage of the
two men on to You Tube.
Mason was convicted and sentenced to
two months’ community detention and
140 hours’ community work for taking and
disseminating the coverage in July 2013.
But the Department of Corrections say
he has failed to complete his community
work, allegations he denies.
He was due to represent himself in
court today for a defended hearing on
the charge he failed to report to his
Eight witnesses were in court this
morning ready to give evidence but
Mason failed to show up.
The witnesses were sent home, told that
a new date was likely, and Judge Stephen
O’Driscoll issued a warrant for Mason’s
arrest. — NZ ME
When Linda Hopkins was born, the
20th century was just beginning, Queen
Elizabeth II’s great-grandfather was
king and World War One was still six
years in the future.
Today she celebrates her 107th birthday
as a recent great-great-grandmother and
one of Tauranga and New Zealand’s
The sprightly centenarian denied
there was any secret to her long life,
but claimed, “I ’ve just behaved myself ”,
which her daughter rejected quickly.
Mrs Hopkins was born in London and
met her husband at age 14 before they
were married when she was 22.
“I worked on Bond St. I was a court
dressmaker and all the women with their
cars outside were waiting, while ‘madam’
kept them waiting,” Mrs Hopkins said.
In 1948 they travelled by boat to New
Zealand with their daughter.
“ We decided to see a bit of the world.
We landed up here and we liked it so we
They lived in Takapuna on Auckland’s
North Shore for most of their time
in New Zealand before their move to
The couple enjoyed 77 years of marriage
before Albert, known as Bert, passed
away when he was 102.
Mrs Hopkins lived independently
in a retirement village until the age of
104 when she moved into a ser viced
apartment at the Bob O wens Retirement
She said she still walked by herself to
all her meals and was known by staff to
sneak a few treats into her walker and
back to her apartment when she could.
Bingo was a highlight of the week and
knitting kept her busy.
Her daughter Shirley Pemberton also
lived at the Bob O wens Retirement
Village with her husband Ron and they
often spent time together, along with
Mrs Pemberton’s daughter, Pru Wood.
The female trio agreed having a five-
generational family was rare and special.
Mrs Hopkins was now mother to one,
grandmother to two, great-grandmother
to two and great-great-grandmother to
Granddaughter Pru Wood attributed
her grandmother’s long life to a positive
attitude, healthy lifestyle and good genes.
Mrs Hopkins’s daughter said she could
not recall one day of her life when her
mother had been in bed sick.
Mrs Hopkins had always eaten healthy
fresh food, “nothing out of a packet ” and
enjoyed a brandy and dry every night
A morning tea at the village was
planned to mark the occasion today, Mrs
Hopkins insisting she “did not want a
fuss”. — N Z ME-Bay of Plenty Times
107 not out
A man who casually asked for
help from a Bay of Plenty petrol
station while propping up a metal
rod impaled in his head remains in a
serious condition at hospital.
Katikati Caltex owner Lester Gray
said it was a ghoulish sight for his
workers when Adam Armitage,
blood streaming from the wound,
came into his store early on Saturday
“It was like a Halloween prank,” he
“It just looked like he was wearing
a gruesome mask.
“He just walked in and asked the
cashier if she could call the police.
She says, ‘Uh, yeah I think you might
need an ambulance instead’, ” he said.
“ It was amazing. He was so
Several local men kept Mr
Armitage company while they
waited for medics to arrive just after
“They even took photos of him on
their cellphones and showed him
what it looked like.
“ Up until then he hadn’t seen what
it (the injury) was.
“ I’ve been in the game for 30 years
and it ’s definitely the most unusual
thing I’ve seen.”
Mr Gray said it was pleasing to
know they were able to help.
“ I guess no one was in danger,
none of the staff were. It shows
just important how community
businesses are. When you’re 24 hours
it’s not always for profit. A lot of the
time it ’s ser vice to the community.”
Tauranga police said the Tauranga
man was sitting in his black Subaru
on the side of a Katikati road when
he was approached by a woman and
He was punched repeatedly in the
face before being struck with an iron
bar which became lodged into the
side of his head. He had then driven
to the ser vice station for help.
The bar was removed at Tauranga
Hospital before he was airlifted to
Police returned to the scene
Detective sergeant Darryl Brazier
said police had not yet spoken
with Mr Armitage, who was still
in a serious condition in Waikato
Hospital’s neurosurgical ward.
“ He clearly didn’t understand the
seriousness of it at the time but he
had enough intelligence to leave the
weapon where it was, which I think
probably prevented any further
harm,” Mr Brazier said.
Police were yet to make any arrest
but had already made “very good
progress” following positive lines of
inquiry, Mr Brazier said.
Tauranga police were still looking
for Maori man of slim build in his
early 20s with short black spiky hair.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
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A 100kg toddler threw a
tantrum after the non-paying
swimmer was locked out of
the St Clair Hot Salt Water
Pool in Dunedin on Saturday,
The critically endangered New
Zealand sea lion waddled up
the Second Beach track before
resting in the shade of the pool’s
cafe, and was cordoned off from
Pool super visor Paul Swanson
said the sea lion’s nose was
pressed up against the automatic
doors, “so we had to turn them
off for a bit so that he couldn’t
However, when the shade
went, so did the sea lion, straight
through two sets of double doors
(without paying) in order to
lounge by the toddler’s pool.
Department of Conser vation
Coastal Otago conser vation
ser vices manager David Agnew
arrived at the pool with a pair of
hockey sticks to “whack together
to make a noise” in order to guide
the visitor out of the area.
About 100 people watched and
took photos of the sun bathing
sea lion, while Mr Agnew and
pool staff unbolted a section of
fencing so it could return to the
“ But he turned and pushed past
me and got into the toddler’s pool
to a big cheer from the crowd. ”
The sea lion later decided to up-
size pools, forcing an evacuation
of the area by staff.
The young male then had the
28degC pool to itself he did some
“ But after everyone left he
was popping his head up and
wondering where everyone had
About 5pm the free-loading
swimmer left through the double
doors and staff quickly locked the
“ He definitely wanted back in
again, he was trying to climb
up the doors and pushing hard
against them,” New Zealand
Sea Lion Trust trust executive
member Shaun McConkey said.
“ He didn’t give up easily. He
was there for around 15 minutes
going backwards and for ward
trying to get into windows and
doors and leaving large oily
The only way to forcibly make
it leave would be to sedate him,
or wait until he left on his own
volition, “just try parenting a
100kg two-year-old having a
Dunedin City Council aquatic
ser vices acting manager Nicola
Smith was one of three people
bracing against the front door as
the sea lion tried to force its way
“ He really wanted back in. ”
Staff then spent several hours to
ensure the pool opened on time
yesterday, including chlorinating
the pool, which was back-washed
and left for 12 hours to filter, and
“ we did everything possible to
make it clean”.
Mr McConkey said the sea
lion was not micro-chipped and
was believed to be from Stewart
Island or Auckland Island.
Sea lions were very sociable
and would often try to interact
with humans. “So he may well be
back. ” — Otago Daily Times
Sea lion takes over pool
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
St Clair Surf Life Savers Brooke Cox, 21, front, and Ana Keelty, 20, watch a two-year-old male sea lion
swim in the St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool in Dunedin on Saturday. The unwelcome visitor forced the
popular pool to be evacuated.
Hefty pay rises could
be few and far between
this year, despite robust
economic growth, and
falling oil prices will be
partly to blame, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
There is no doubt falling
oil prices are good news for
households, helping stretch
their budgets further.
recent price drops have
knocked about $400 off the
typical annual fuel bill, to
However, the price drops also push
down inflation, which employers use
as a yardstick when considering pay
Economists are picking inflation will
remain near the bottom of the Reser ve
Bank’s 1 to 3% target band this year.
Another year of subdued pay rises
will disappoint many workers who have
experienced stagnant or slow growing
pay packets in recent years, particularly
when essentials like housing costs,
insurance and power bills have risen,
While an improving economy should
prompt stronger wage increases this year,
Business New Zealand chief executive
Phil O’Reilly warned workers should
not get their hopes up.
“You will see a bit of a two speed
wage bargaining atmosphere. Those in
demand are able to demand more. Those
not in demand (will) probably not able
to demand very much,” he said.
Last January, Finance Minister
Bill English called for
substantial pay increases
after the lean years of the
global financial crisis.
Few heeded his call, with
official figures showing
wages rose just 1.6% in the
year to September.
It was an area of
weakness in an other wise
strong economic story
that John Key’s National-
led coalition laid out for
voters during last year’s
Another year of meagre gains provides
further opportunities for opposition
parties to portray the expansion as
uneven, with workers not getting their
The Council of Trade Unions is vowing
to keep the Government honest.
President Helen Kelly said new
labour laws which strengthen the hand
of employers would make it harder for
workers to get ahead.
She said workers deser ve substantial
increases. “ It’s fair, it ’s right. It’s good for
the economy, it’s good for families, it ’s
good for business,” she said.
Ms Kelly said even 3 to 4% pay
increases were probably still far too
low for those in sectors like aged care,
c leaning and clerical ser vices.
Pay hikes of that size will be rare and
workers may have to be content with
lower fuel bills for now.
However commodity prices like oil,
which have fallen sharply, can also rise
sharply while a decent wage rise tends to
stick. — NZN
Big gold producers are making
plans to wind down some operations
in different parts of the country while
keeping a close eye on the price of the
precious metal, almost a third down
on its highs this decade.
In Waihi, Newmont Gold is on
course to quit mining at its open pit
early next year and the lifespan of
its new underground mine beneath
the town will be determined by gold
prices which have fallen sharply
during the past three years.
In the South Island NZX-listed
Oceana Gold is winding down some
West Coast and Otago production.
For the first time since 1998, gold
posted back-to-back yearly declines
by the end of 2014. Although it has
edged up in the past fortnight, and
was further boosted by turmoil from
the Swiss franc move, the current
price of $US1276 ($1638) an ounce
is well down on its most recent high
of just over $US1900 in 2011.
Craigs Investment Partners broker
Peter McIntyre said any interest rate
increases in the United States pushed
up the value of the greenback, the
currency would be an increasingly
attractive haven for investors at
the expense of gold. The metal was
traditionally a hedge against inflation
so deflation in some parts of the
world was also negative for gold, he
underground mines were increasingly
expensive relative to the company’s
new Didipio gold and copper mine in
the Philippines. Oceana has during
the past 18 months had to redesign
its mine operations, shortened mine
life expectations and laid off more
than 250 New Zealand staff.
“They ’ve indicated that Macraes is
coming to an end — the final date
hasn’t been determined but it could
be in the next two to three years,” Mr
At Waihi a Newmont spokesman
said the open pit in the centre of
the town was on track for closure in
March or April of next year but there
would be “considerable” rehabilitation
work around the top of the pit and
the associated tailings dam that could
stretch for five years.
The pit has been mined since 1987
and there have been several variations
in the mining plan since then.
The new Correnso mine under the
eastern part of the town is being dug
and was on track for producing ore
around the middle of this year.
Work on the spiral decline and
tunnels was under way but the life
of the mine would be determined by
gold prices, he said.
“That one is very dependent on
the gold price — if it stays where it
is around $1200 that will be done in
three years. If it was to start swinging
up we know there is more we could
profitably take,” he said.
While the gold price was “occupying
our thoughts for a considerable
amount of time” it was the margin
that was most important.
“ You can’t control the gold price but
you can control the input price and
when the gold price was really high
everybody was charging top dollar for
everything,” he said.
The price of tyres, parts for
machines, labour, diesel, chemicals
and steel had all fallen since gold
prices hit their peak.
The spokesman said the long-
awaited recreational lake in the open
pit after it had been closed would
be further delayed until mining in
Correnso had finished.
“ While we’re mining at Correnso
we can’t fill the open pit with water
— we c an’t turn the pumps off.”
About 350 staff and contractors
were directly employed at Waihi.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Miners wind down gold production as price drops
An unattended crane rolled down a
street in an Auckland suburb, bringing
down power lines on Saturday night.
The 30 tonne crane, which rolled
down Auburn St in Newmarket
about 7pm, took out two power poles
before it came to a rest, pulling the
electricity lines across the street, Jaron
Phillips of the Fire Ser vice northern
communications centre said.
Crews from lines company Vector
were sent to the scene, where three
commercial customers were without
power for about two hours, a company
Crews had the power back up and
running by 9pm, she said.
Auburn Street was closed as the lines
were made safe, and the crane was
removed, Mr Phillips said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Runaway crane cuts power
New Zealanders are being
increasingly extorted for cash by
cyber-criminals who made last year
New Zealand’s worst for costly
In the most serious cases yet seen
here, one business was forced to pay
$11,000 and another lost $9000.
Ransomware is a type of malware
that locks a computer and typically
shows a warning demanding
the user pay a fine to unlock the
Last week, one of the most
programs ever designed surfaced on
cyberspace, after a year that saw 114
New Zealanders targeted.
Those who paid reported losses
averaging about $700.
With the appearance of a new and
improved third version of the file-
encrypting program Cryptowall,
and the growing targeting of
vulnerable Android devices, a cyber
security expert said ransomware
attacks may only increase in 2015.
In one recent example, warning
screens appeared in the deceptive
form of a fake message from
police, suggesting authorities were
demanding the fine for copyright
infringements or downloading
Although this trap first appeared
back in 2012, a new version led to
a spate of complaints late last year.
Another cluster of attacks in the
middle of last year were blamed
ransomware that robbed victims
around the world of nearly $130
authorities shut it down.
“ We see three main variants of
it,” Chris Hails, a digital project
manager with internet watchdog
Netsafe, said. “ There’s one form that
will lock your browser, another that
will lock the machine itself, and
then a third where an algorithm is
used to actually encrypt the data —
and there’s nothing you can do but
pay the ransom. ”
Attacks could mean the loss of
crucial data covering years of work,
or intellectual property and other
The latest version of Cryptowall
would make it only tougher on
After encrypting a computer’s
files with a tough cryptographic
algorithm, it asked victims to pay
an equivalent $640 in bitcoin —
the transaction passing through
two separate anonymous networks.
investigator at the Department
of Internal Affairs’ electronic
messaging compliance unit, said
Cryptowall 3.0 could be spread
through e-mail as an attachment, or
passed on as a “drive-by download”
through infected websites.
“Ransomware, such as Cryptowall
can be devastating for an individual
Mr Hails feared ransomware would
become a big problem for mobile
device users, who had so far mainly
been targeted in Far East countries.
Dr Giovanni Russello, an
Auckland University computer
science lecturer and founder of
Active Mobile Security, said the
amount of ransomware attacks on
Android devices was still minimal
when compared with PC strikes.
Yet the rapidly-growing rate of
attacks on Android systems — used
in 85% of the world’s smartphones
— was worrying.
“It makes sense, because it’s a
very popular platform and it ’s quite
open, so there’s potential to do a lot
of damage,” Dr Russello said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
114 hit in web attacks
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