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Man dies at beach
A man died at an Auckland beach
yesterday. Emergency ser vices were
called to Judges Bay in Parnell at
2.07pm, St John spokesman Robbie
Walker said. Police said the man, 38,
was found face-down on the beach.
The cause of death was not known
but police were not treating it as
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The owner of a Wanaka canyoning
business, injured in a climbing
accident, is progressing “as well as
can be expected given the severity
of his injuries”, his partner says.
Dave Vass’s partner Ros Goulding
said he was in Christchurch
Hospital’s intensive care unit. He
had a “ broken and dislocated neck,
and was currently fully paralysed
with some sensation in his right
hand”, Ms Goulding said. He had
undergone surgery and was likely to
be in intensive care for four to six
weeks before being transferred to
the Bur wood spinal unit. Mr Vass,
52, was rescued after a 6m fall on
his way out of the Donne River area
of the Darran Mountains in the
Fiordland National Park on Sunday.
— Otago Daily Times
A man who fell off his mountainbike
riding through rugged terrain was
flown to hospital last night. The
Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter
was called to the Peking Ridge trail in
the Matai Valley about 8pm yesterday
after the man fell from his bike on
a downhill section of the track. The
44-year-old man from Ruby Bay
suffered from chest and shoulder
injuries. — NZM E
NCO faces court-martial
A Defence Force non-commissioned
officer is facing 13 charges including
sexual offences. The court-martial is
set to start on February 9 at Linton
Military Camp, Palmerston North.
The charges include indecent assault,
sexual violation, inducing sexual
connection by threat and committing
an act likely to prejudice ser vice
discipline. They relate to incidents
alleged to have taken place in the
vicinity of Waiouru. — NZME
Gliders land in field
Two gliders landed safely south
of Auckland in a field yesterday.
Emergency ser vices were sent to
the Mangatawhiri region, near
Pukekohe, following reports of a
plane crash. However, a St John
spokesman said the incident involved
two gliders from the Drury Gliding
Club, which had “a perfect landing”,
just before 4pm, he said. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 10732:
1, 6, 16, 20, 24, 26, 33, 43, 47, 51, 52,
53, 56, 57, 59, 60, 64, 71, 72, 78. Draw
No 10733: 3, 7, 9, 12, 14, 22, 26, 33, 41,
42, 46, 48, 57, 61, 64, 65, 67, 69, 70, 76.
Draw No 10734: 2, 3, 5, 6, 14, 27, 28,
29, 38, 39, 42, 47, 49, 52, 53, 56, 65, 67,
71, 80. Draw No 10735: 1, 5, 6, 12, 15,
18, 24, 27, 29, 32, 34, 41, 50, 60, 62, 63,
71, 74, 76, 78.
Fuel price inquiry call
Virgin Australia has cut some long-
haul air fares, partly because of falling
The reductions will cut the cost of a
round trip between Australia and the
United States by between $A40 ($53)
and $A50 ($66).
“ Virgin Australia has monitored the
reduction in fuel prices over recent
months and, in anticipation that fuel
costs will continue to remain at lower
levels than the record highs seen in
recent years, reductions to these airfares
will be made,” the airline said.
The airline also announced it would
get rid of separate fuel surcharges on air
fares to the US sold and originating in
Australia to align them with the rest of
its flight network. This will result in fuel
costs being incorporated into the base
fare, rather than being charged separately.
The airline said other fare cost factors
included market conditions, operating
costs, airport pricing and taxes, currency
exchange rates and its hedging position.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
long-haul air fares
Police have released the name of the
toddler who died on the grounds of
He was Mace Caldwell, aged 16
“Mace’s parents and family are
devastated by this tragedy and have
requested privacy and time to grieve as
they try to come to terms with the loss of
their son,” police said.
Inquiries were continuing into the
death and the investigation was expected
to take some time.
Mace’s mother, a senior medical staff
member at the hospital, is believed to
have accidentally left him in her car
when she went into work last Friday
morning under the mistaken belief she
had dropped him off at a daycare centre.
It was not until that afternoon that she
realised the toddler was in the car, which
had been parked in the hospital car park
in the 26degC summer heat.
A witness has described how the
mother collapsed and had to be pushed
through the hospital in a wheelchair,
“clutching her chest and screaming”,
after the discovery.
Whanganui District Health Board
has now offered help to members of
the public who witnessed the incident,
saying anyone who felt like they needed
support was welcome to get in touch.
A staff member at Noah’s Ark Early
Learning Centre, where the toddler was
supposed to have been dropped off, said
the centre was also working to help the
mother and other grieving members of
Yesterday, several sources said the
boy’s father was overseas when the
tragedy happened. Surgeons believed to
be colleagues of the mother refused to
comment when approached yesterday.
Meanwhile, an expert in forgotten baby
syndrome — the term used when parents
unintentionally leave their children in
hot cars — said such incidents were
University of South Florida cognitive
neuroscience professor David Diamond
said he had studied such cases for 10
years to see if there was a consistent
pattern that could help researchers to
understand why it happened.
“The case in New Zealand is consistent
with the pattern I have seen in many
dozens of other cases,” he said.
“It appears that the mother did not
normally take the child to daycare . . .
and so the mother was now trying to do
something out of her ordinary routine.”
Dead tot ’s
The Automobile Association has
called for a ministerial inquiry into
the cost of fuel as an informal sur vey
found variations of up to $1.35 at
different sites across the country.
week, the Australian
Commission (ACCC) announced it
would investigate why petrol prices
had not fallen as much in rural and
regional areas as they had in cities.
Petrol prices dropped below $A1 per
litre in Melbourne this week, hitting a
However, in the Tasmanian capital
of Hobart, petrol remains 15c to 20c
per litre more expansive than on the
mainland, leading to calls for the
commission’s inquiry to be expanded
to investigate the disparity.
AA senior policy analyst Mark
Stockdale said New Zealand’s
petrol market was not comparable
to Australia’s as we paid about 50c
per litre more due to higher taxation
levels and the exchange rate.
However, while the ACCC reviewed
petrol prices annually, New Zealand
had not had such a review since one
was commissioned by the Labour
Government in 2008.
“ What we are seeing in New
Zealand at the moment is rapid price
reductions coming on the back of a
large commodity price reduction and
at the same time, we’re seeing high
Fuel companies’ profit margins were
currently the highest they had been
since the 1980s, Mr Stockdale said.
“There has been room for the fuel
companies to drop prices further,
we’ve been saying that for the last
couple of months.”
Rural price variations also needed to
be looked at, he said.
“There are cases where prices are
20c to 30c a litre lower in some places
than in other parts of New Zealand.
“The AA will be contacting the
Minister of Energy and outlying
some of the concerns that we have
and suggesting that in the current
market, it’s an opportune time to
have a look at what ’s going on and
if necessary that might provide
some clarity and reassurance to the
An informal sur vey of regional fuel
prices yesterday found the cheapest
petrol remained in south Auckland at
$1.55 per litre for 91 octane and the
most expensive was found on both
Chatham and Great Barrier Islands
The most expensive petrol on the
mainland was yesterday found at
Caltex in Westport, where 91 was
being sold $1.869.
Mulberry Grove Shop, in Tryphena,
Great Barrier was yesterday selling 91
octane for $2.90 per litre.
Employee Chas Joy said the disparity
in cost to prices on the mainland
reflected the cost of shipping fuel to
They had also dropped the price by
40c since last October, he said.
“ I wouldn’t say (it is) in line with the
rest of the country, but proportionate
to where we live. For example, two
litres of milk will cost you $6.50 here,
a loaf of bread will cost you near on
Waitangi Hardware on Chatham
Island was also selling 91 octane for
$2.90 per litre yesterday.
Store owner and Chatham Islands
councillor Monique Croon said the
cost was more expensive than on the
mainland as “we are an island 800km
from New Zealand with a population
of 600 people”.
The volume of fuel the store sold
was also much lower than on the
mainland, she said.
The AA said any ministerial review
needed to look at regional price
“ Wherever you happen to be, the
prices should have come down 48c
(since October),” Mr Stockdale said.
Commerce Commission spokes-
man Christian Bonnevie said the
ACCC had a legislative role with
regard to fuel pricing in Australia,
which the commission did not have
Energy and Resources Minister
Simon Bridges said he started
commissioning weekly reports from
officials into the profit margins of fuel
retailers late last year, after becoming
“concerned about the margin on
imported crude oil and what was
being charged at the pump”.
“Officials and I contacted a number
of stakeholders, including the AA
and some retailers, to make it clear
that we were concerned, that we were
watching this very closely, and that we
expected to see the price at the pump
drop commensurate with the fall in
international prices, and faster than
they had been,” he said.
“ We sided against an inquiry at
that time, and since Christmas in my
weekly reports it ’s very clear that the
margin is really falling.
“ My last report, as of January
16, the drop of what they call the
importer margin, between the crude
into New Zealand and at the pump,
was a drop of 8c, and they showed it
was definitely falling in the right way
and commensurate with the price
retailers are paying to get it into New
But he warned retailers “my officials
and I are watching very closely and
we expect the benefits of drops in
international prices to be passed onto
consumers”. — N ZM E
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0.57 +0.01 80.00
2.55 +0.005 2.29
ANZ Banking Gr
34.88 +0.77 64.35
Argosy Prop Tr
Auckland Intl Airpt
2.54 +0.01 73.24
6.68 +0.03 21.75
Diligent BM Services
5.58 +0.06 30 .60
DNZ Prop Fund
1.94 +0.005 11.88
6.03 +0.09 15.31
8.30 +0.03 317.6
Fonterra Sh’ders Fund
5.90 +0.08 0 .00
2.15 +0.01 28.93
Goodman Prop Tr
Guinness Peat Gr
2.02 +0.02 256.7
Kiwi Property Gr
1.33 +0.005 261.1
1.91 +0.06 274.9
Metro Perf Glass
1.90 +0.03 5 .00
Mighty River Power
3.39 +0.06 111.7
17.71 +0.11 0.91
1.22 +0.005 4.92
Prop For Ind
1.56 +0.01 258.6
3.72 +0.01 2.27
8.19 -0 .01 4.36
4.04 -0 .01 159.7
Sky Network TV
3.25 +0.04 1038
Steel & Tube
2.86 +0.01 14.42
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3.14 +0.02 8.73
8.09 +0.04 9.20
2.91 +0.02 2.68
Vital Hlth Prop Tr
2.80 +0.05 15.84
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Trading to 10:30am,
Friday, January 23, 2015
DECLINERS: 9 TRADED: 90
Aluminium High Grade
Collision leaves one dead, six hur t
Police are asking to speak to
any witnesses of a crash that left
one dead and six injured in the
western Bay of Plenty last night.
Emergency ser vices responded
to the crash scene on State
highway 2 between Pahoia
Road and Apata Station Road,
near Tauranga, about 7.30pm
The crash involved a large truck,
a small truck and a sport utility
vehicle towing a trailer.
Police said the driver of the
small truck died at the scene.
The deceased’s next of kin had
been advised. However, police
said they would not be releasing
the driver’s name at this stage.
The five occupants of the SUV,
and the driver of the large truck,
were taken to Tauranga Hospital
with minor injuries.
Police said the serious crash unit
was investigating the crash.
PICTURE: Setford Photos
One person was killed and four were admitted to hospital following a collision between a semi-trailer,
four-wheel-drive vehicle and light truck at Whakamarama, near Tauranga last evening.
The Portobello community has
rallied to support a family left with
nothing but the clothes they were
wearing, after a fire gutted their home
Frenchman Julien Arriaga risked
his life by running into a burning
sleepout at Harington Point, where
he and his family had been living, to
rescue as many of their belongings as
He managed to throw many items of
value on to the front lawn, but when
he escaped the burning building he
found the tinder-dry grass had caught
fire, and the rescued items had also
gone up in smoke.
Mr Arriaga, his wife, New Zealander
Louise Power and their two children
had refurbished the old sleepout at
Ms Power’s parents’ Harington Point
house during visits from France in
They spent eight months living in
France and the remainder of the year
living in the sleepout, where they had
recently completed a new kitchen.
The family lost everything in the fire.
While the cause is still to be
determined, it is believed the blaze
may have been caused by an electrical
The family have received messages of
support and offers of clothes, toys and
even a television, and donation boxes
have been set up at the Portobello
Store and Portobello Hotel.
Mr Arriaga said the family were
still coming to terms with their loss,
but were extremely grateful for the
support they were receiving from the
“It’s very kind.
“ We’re really private people, so it ’s
very hard for us to receive these kind
wishes and donations.
“But we really appreciate the
Mr Arriaga said he was most
grateful that no-one was hurt in the
“ We’re still coming to terms with
what we’ve lost, but we haven’t lost
anything irreplaceable. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Family given suppor t after fire
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Frenchman Julien Arriaga and his daughter Lola Arriaga-Power, two,
talking to St Kilda station officer Ed Oskam after the fire which left them
with nothing more than the clothes they were wearing.
‘Free’ education $35,000-plus
Some children will not return
to school next week because their
struggling families cannot afford to
pay for basic items, a budget adviser
The prediction comes as a report
calculates a State-provided “free”
education for a child starting school
this year will cost almost $35,000.
For a child born this year it will cost
more than $37,000.
The peer-reviewed Planning for
Education Index was compiled
from a sur vey of more than 1000
members of ASG education
programmes, who were asked about
the cost of school fees, transport,
uniforms, computers and school
and sports trips.
Thirteen years of costs associated
with a State school education
would ultimately amount to
$37,676 for children born this year
$17,499 by the end of primary
school in 2027 and a further
$20,177 by their high school
In other school systems, costs
were far higher.
A primary and
education in the State-integrated
system, beginning in 2020, would
have cost nearly $108,000 by 2032
— while the average cost of private
schooling until Year 13 was more
The growing costs of sending a
child through the New Zealand
school system were made clear
when compared with the costs for
a child starting school next week
$34,524 for State schooling,
schooling and $269,943 for private
The annual costs for a Year 1
student starting school next term
would grow from $1976 in 2015 to
$3781 by 2027.
Over the past decade, education
costs in New Zealand had risen
at 1.5 times the rate of headline
inflation — and there was no
reason costs would not keep rising,
ASG education programmes chief
John Velegrinis said.
Darryl Evans, chief executive of
the Mangere Budgeting Ser vices
Trust, said the families his ser vice
assisted were well aware of the costs
of schooling — yet they were not
a priority for households struggling
even to pay the rent.
“I know families that have already
told us that they won’t be sending
their kids back to school next week
because they haven’t been able to
buy uniforms, stationery and new
shoes — because all the money is
going on rent and food.”
Other families had been forced to
hunt for $3 shoes in opportunity
shops to save on school uniforms
and one mother had paid $273
for stationery and items for two
children aged 11 and 5.
Another parent had to borrow
$1500 for uniforms and stationery.
Schools Trustees’ Association
president Lorraine Kerr was
surprised by the increasing costs
in ASG’s report, which she said
low-income families would need to
“squeeze more blood out of a stone”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Medals saved from fire
Firefighters were able to retrieve
medals from the Auckland home of a
former weightlifting gold medallist after
it was badly damaged by fire last night.
The Fire Ser vice were called to the fire
at a home belonging to Commonwealth
Games weightlifting gold medallist Tony
Ebert on Beach Road in Campbells Bay,
Firefighters managed to rescue
memorabilia belonging to Mr Ebert,
including certificates, photos and medals.
Senior station officer Shaun Pilgrim
said the property was fully ablaze when
“The house was up a very long driveway
of more than 100m, which made it
difficult for crews to get access.”
Mr Pilgrim said the house, on a steep
cliff overlooking the Hauraki Gulf,
was partly propped up on poles that
the flames were beginning to damage,
putting the structure at risk of collapsing.
Firefighters advanced on the property
with great caution.
Fire crews managed to save much of
the property but there was extensive
No one was inured.
“The owners were home, but they got
out and they stayed out, which helped
reduce the risk of injury,” Mr Pilgrim
The blaze did not appear to be
A fire crew remained on standby this
morning, before fire investigator arrived
later today to establish a cause.
Last year, the house had a capital
valuation of $3,625,000.
Mr Ebert, now in real estate, won his
gold at the Games in Christchurch in
1974 in the men’s middleweight division.
Four years earlier, at Edinburgh, he won
silver. He also competed at the 1972
Summer Olympics in Munich.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Christchurch blaze suspicious
A suspicious fire destroyed a house that
was under construction in Christchurch
early this morning.
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said it
received calls about a fire on Knowles
Street in Mairehau, just after 5.10am.
Four trucks attended of the fire, which
was well involved.
The fire was under control by mid-
morning, and one truck remained on
standby, he said.
He said the fire was deemed suspicious,
and a scene guard was in place before fire
investigators would attend later today.
A gas leak led to the evacuation of a
popular central Auckland food court
during the dinner rush last night.
About 8.05pm, customers were cleared
out of the busy Ponsonby Food Court on
the corner of Pollen Street and Ponsonby
Road. Witness Chris Hislop said the
upstairs food hall was full of people
waiting for their food when an alarm
went off and he was ushered out a side
exit. A fire communications spokesman
said one fire engine was sent to isolate the
leak. — NZM E -New Zealand Herald
Gas leak interrupts restaurant
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