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Girl killed on quad bike
A six-year-old girl has died
following a trail biking accident
at the Jayden Kilmister trail bike
memorial event in Masterton on
Saturday. A police spokesman said
the accident happened about 2pm at
the Te Ore Ore Bideford Road event.
No further details were available.
— NZ M E -Wairarapa Times-Age
Crash claims life
A young man died after an accident
on Saturday near Palmerston North,
in which a car flipped and landed
on its roof. Emergency ser vices were
called to the scene of the crash near
Himatangi about 5.30pm. Antonio
Puhia, 19, from Lower Hutt, died
and three others were hurt, including
one person who suffered serious
injuries and was flown to Palmerston
North Hospital. — NZ ME
A young man is dead and another
is in custody following a violent
incident in Whangarei last night.
Ambulance ser vices received a
call from a home in Tikipunga,
Whangarei about midnight, with
reports that a man was unconscious.
Police said when they arrived they
found the 25-year-old man dead. He
had suffered a number of injuries,
police said. Another man at the
address was taken into custody.
The death was being treated as a
homicide, police said. — N ZM E
A motorcyclist wearing no helmet
or shoes is in a critical condition at
Hawke’s Bay Hospital. The man, in
his 30s, was riding a Harley-Davidson
between Te Awanga and Clifton when
he lost control beside Clifton Station,
police said. He struck a wooden fence
in the woolshed driveway.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
$1m Lotto win
A ticket, sold in Levin, won
its holder $1 million in division
one of Lotto draw No 1442 on
Saturday. Successful numbers
were 8, 19, 22, 24, 27, 28; bonus 3.
Strike numbers were 27, 8, 19, 28.
There was one Strike Four winner,
from Christchurch, taking home
$239,965. Powerball number 4.
There was no division one winner.
The Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in Pukekohe. Another winner from
Pukekohe spun for $150,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10740: 5,
19, 26, 27, 29, 34, 39, 40, 41, 43, 46, 55,
59, 66, 67, 72, 76, 78, 79, 80. Draw No
10741: 3, 6, 10, 11, 15, 26, 28, 30, 32,
33, 37, 44, 57, 59, 61, 68, 69, 70, 72, 73.
Draw No 10742: 5, 7, 17, 19, 21, 30,
37, 41, 44, 46, 47, 50, 51, 56, 65, 71, 72,
73, 75, 80. Draw No 10743: 1, 5, 14,
16, 19, 20, 22, 30, 35, 36, 39, 45, 46, 47,
49, 60, 64, 66, 69, 80. Draw No 10744:
3, 6, 15, 19, 24, 28, 30, 33, 36, 48, 51,
52, 56, 60, 61, 62, 63, 71, 72, 79. Draw
No 10745: 8, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25,
30, 31, 40, 44, 49, 60, 62, 64, 67, 70, 76,
78. Draw No 10746: 5, 8, 11, 15, 17,
19, 23, 24, 25, 32, 33, 36, 38, 41, 48, 51,
52, 70, 72, 80. Draw No 10747: 5, 9,
10, 18, 24, 33, 34, 36, 43, 47, 49, 53, 67,
68, 69, 70, 72, 75, 76, 79.
Drowning deaths soar
One of six who died after being swept
away by an avalanche while skiing the
French Alps was a New Zealander.
Today One News reported that New
Zealander Carol Nash-Hamilton, 58,
died in the avalanche on Saturday.
Ms Nash was born in New Zealand
but had lived in France since the early
1990s, and the mother-of-one ran a
physiotherapy and osteopathy clinic, the
The six skiers died after the avalanche
hit near the town of Ceillac in the
Search and Rescue teams including
18 searchers, two dog handlers, and a
helicopter began their search for the
skiers yesterday afternoon.
All six bodies were found this morning.
Today a Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade (Mfat) spokesman said it was
aware of media reports that Ms Nash had
died in the avalanche over the weekend.
“The New Zealand Embassy in Paris
has followed up with the local French
authorities who have confirmed the
death of Carol Nash,” he said.
The ministry was in contact with Ms
Nash’s family, who had requested privacy,
he said. — NZME
NZ skier among
A man has been arrested following a
shooting incident in Karangahape Road
Police said they received reports of
people fighting and shots being fired in
a side street of Karangahape Road about
One man then fled with a gun, and a
short pursuit followed, police said.
A police patrol responding to the
incident spotted the car leaving the scene
and tried to stop it.
The fleeing vehicle then rammed the
police vehicle, and was chased on to the
northbound lanes of the Harbour Bridge.
At the top of the bridge the vehicle
crashed and the man tried to escape
on foot, however he was soon caught
and arrested by police. Police said the
Harbour Bridge was closed for about
20 minutes while police checked area,
as they initially believed more than one
person may have been involved.
Police established that only one alleged
offender was involved, and the bridge
reopened at 9.15pm.
Police said when the crashed car was
searched, a revolver was found on the
Police said no one was injured.
Two brothers who drowned at a
popular surf beach north of Gisborne
on Saturday have been named by
Paul Christopher Wakelin, 23, from
Gisborne, died after attempting to
save his brother and a friend who
were caught in a rip off Makarori
Beach, police said.
His brother, John Wakelin, 18,
is still missing and is presumed
The third young man, aged 20, was
saved by a local surfer, police said
today. He would not be officially
identified by police at the request of
the sur vivor’s family, senior sergeant
Maui Aben, of the Gisborne search
and rescue squad, said.
The search for John Wakelin was
continuing today. Police and search
and rescue air obser vers were flying
over the area in a fixed-wing aircraft,
Mr Aben said, while Surf Lifesaving
Club members went out on the water
on IRBs, and search personnel were
conducting a shoreline search.
Family members of the two brothers
were assisting with the search effort,
Mr Aben said.
It was believed John Wakelin and
his friend got into difficulty while
swimming in metre-plus surf about
100m off the beach, which is 12km
north of Gisborne, about 10am on
Paul Wakelin’s body was found
around half an hour later.
They had been staying with the
brothers’ parents at nearby Tatapouri
Motor Camp before driving to the
beach to fish and swim.
Camp manager Chris Berge said
the brothers and their parents were
“The mum and dad are the loveliest
people and this will tear their hearts
burst into tears. He said, ‘I’ve lost both
of my boys’.”
Mr Berge said he believed the couple
did not have any other children and
described the brothers were lovely
“They’re quiet and shy.”
They were fit and strong and were in
the water often, he said.
The drowning was the latest
incident in a horror summer on the
water, with at least 13 drownings
In Waikato, a 22-year-old man is
presumed to have also drowned after
he attempted to swim across Waikato
River shortly before 9pm on Saturday.
His family saw him slip below
the surface while another man was
attempting to rescue him. Indications
were that the missing man was not a
strong swimmer, police said.
In Auckland, police coastal
master Garry Larsen said it was
lucky police were not dealing with
something more serious after a dad
plunged into the Auckland Harbour
to save his three-year-old daughter
who had fallen off North Wharf on
The mother also dived into the water,
but was injured when she struck a
moored boat on the way down.
“ It was a lucky escape,” Mr Larsen
said. It is understood the family were
tourists from Europe.
In Dunedin, surf life savers were left
emotionally drained after a harrowing
rescue in which a 14-year-old girl
nearly drowned at Brighton Beach on
Surf lifesaving Otago officer Sam
Clutterbuck said the girl had been
swimming between the flags, but was
out past the breaking waves and could
no longer touch the bottom.
Witnesses said she began screaming
and waving her arms about 1.30pm.
“S he got out of her depth,” Mr
“S he was so close to drowning. The
young rescuers were quite emotional
because it was so close.”
The girl was taken to D unedin
Hospital for treatment and is expected
to make a full recovery.
In Hawke’s Bay, a teenager and a
51-year-old man were lucky to make
it out of heavy surf at Waimarama
Beach on Saturday.
The older man was pulled out just
before he drowned, Waimarama
patrol captain James Laver said.
The 13-year-old boy collapsed after
being pulled out of the water. They
were taken to Hawke’s Bay Hospital
but later discharged.
A 42-year-old Invercargill man
drowned at Ocean Beach in Bluff
The man was collecting shellfish
offshore with friends when he
appeared to get into difficulties in the
He was brought to shore by his
friends who immediately started
CPR on him.
Specialist medical assistance arrived
at the scene shortly after wards and
continued CPR. He was not able to
— N Z ME-Gisborne Herald
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Horror summer on water continues; four drown at weekend
An investigation has been
launched into what caused a
loaned steam train to start 21
fires, which spread over 12km
south of Oamaru, on Saturday
afternoon, D unedin Railways
operations manager Grant Craig
Mr Craig said the company had
planned carefully before taking
the coal-fired steam locomotive
on a return trip from Dunedin to
“ We wouldn’t have run the
excursion if there were any big
issues. We consulted with the
Rural Fire Office, we put a lot
of mitigations in place to stop
fires, like diesel engines on and a
60,000-litre water tanker on the
back, and we thought we had it
all covered,” he said.
The engine ran without a
problem in the morning from
Dunedin to Oamaru.
“That ’s where the steep grades
are and we had no problems on
the way up, so something odd has
happened on the way home,” Mr
Craig said yesterday.
He said he would be compiling
reports from all of the staff
“ It was run under our licence. It
was purely a Dunedin Railways
ser vice and we had to have all of
the mitigations and things for
running, just like KiwiRail do,
and that ’s what we did for this
ser vice,” he said.
“There are a whole lot of
insurance issues we’ve got to deal
Otago Rural Fire Authority
principal rural fire officer
Stephanie Rotarangi confirmed
they had worked with Dunedin
Railways to ensure precautions
were taken, as conditions in
North Otago were very dry.
“The cause of the fire is still
under investigation. We’re still
not quite sure what happened,”
The locomotive had been hired
from Mainline Steam Heritage
Trust, after it was brought to
Dunedin for the filming of Light
Between Oceans last year.
The 400-passenger train had
left Oamaru Railway Station at
2.15pm, but did not arrive back in
Dunedin until about 6.45pm.
The drivers stopped in Maheno
and waited for Fire Ser vice
clearance before carrying on
to Herbert, where a diesel unit
was added to haul the train to
Dunedin, Mr Craig said.
Efforts by firefighters from
Glenavy to Palmerston to
extinguish the 21 fires continued
from 2.30pm on Saturday into
early yesterday, as two more fire
calls came in overnight.
“There were dozens of spot
fires burning (overnight),” Otago
Rural Fire Authority rural fire
officer Eric Spittal said.
Railways staff also patrolled the
stretch overnight, stopping one
train at Herbert, while fire crews
attended to fire threatening a
barley paddock about midnight.
Another fire flared up about
3am between Fortification and
Thousand Acre Roads. Speed
limits remained for trains along
the 12km stretch and the Rural
Fire Office was on “full alert”
Mr Spittal said it had been an
“astonishing event ” and he heaped
praise on the firefighters, Central
South Island Helicopters and the
community for their help.
“ It was an amazing save all
round from everybody,” he said.
Because of the quick action, the
damage was limited. “ But it is still
going to be a very expensive fire.
“There’s a lot of damage to
fences, a lot of damage to pasture,
a lot of individual damages to
property,” he said.
Central South Island
Helicopters director and pilot
John Oakes said it was “quite
phenomenal” how much water
Its B3 Squirrel dropped 85,000
litres in 85 separate 1000-litre
loads, a BA Squirrel dropped
81,500 litres in more than 115
700-litre loads and a McDonnell
Douglas 520N dropped 60,000
litres in 120 500-litre loads
between 2.30pm and 9.30pm on
Saturday, making more than 310
The water was pulled out of the
Kakanui River and irrigation run-
off ponds along the railway line.
“They (irrigation ponds) are
really valuable at times like this,”
Mr Webster yesterday ran an
irrigator along the railway line.
“ You get clumps of grass and
it gets so hot underneath them,
smouldering away, and I wouldn’t
want it to flare up in another two
weeks,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Steam train fires investigation begins
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Two diesel locomotives bring home the steam locomotive JA1270 and passengers on a day excursion.
A member of the public beats out flames beside the main trunk railway line at Maheno on Saturday.
Two people were trapped and
seriously injured after a pile-
up involving a truck and two
cars outside Christchurch this
The crash happened on State
highway 1, near Templeton, about
A truck and two cars are
understood to have collided and
some of the occupants were still
trapped in their vehicles early this
afternoon, police said.
Initial reports were that two
people have serious injuries and
two have minor injuries.
Police investigations into the
crash are under way.
State highway 1 Main South
Road was closed.
Diversions were in place along
Curraghs Road and Dawsons
Road. — NZ ME
Two trapped in pile-up
The executive director of SPCA
Auckland has stood by controversial
comments that ethnicity plays a part
in the high number of dog attack
convictions in south Auckland.
Bob Kerridge was yesterday widely
reported as saying that the ethnicity of
dog owners played a part in the emphasis
that they placed on the responsibility.
“ It’s a fair suggestion that ethnicity
does have a bearing factor in terms of
dog attacks, particularly borne of the fact
in the various of groups that we have —
those of immigrant (groups) and Pacific
island people — that dog ownership is
not natural to them,” Mr Kerridge told
Radio New Zealand.
His comments were quickly condemned
by Mangere MP S’ua William Sio and
Race Relations Commissioner Dame
Susan Devoy who described them as
“ unhelpful” and “incredibly offensive”.
Figures released under the Official
Information Act show there were
314 dog attack convictions in south
Auckland between 2009 and 2014. In
Auckland city, there were 77 convictions
in the same period. Appearing on Radio
NZ’s Morning Report this morning, Mr
Kerridge stood by his comments.
“ I think the figures speak for
themselves,” Mr Kerridge said.
“ If you look at Manukau city and its
make up of population then obviously
it is a very varied population — both
immigrants and ethnic people.
“ In terms of our own prosecutions for
dog offences, a very, very large percentage
of those are also ethnic and also from
“ What we’re saying is, this is a
contributing factor, we’re not making an
issue of it.”
Mr Kerridge highlighted Pacific island
groups and “other immigrants” as being
partially responsible, but conceded that
SPCA conviction figures did not record
“Socioeconomics is another contribut-
ing factor; there’s not much we can do
“ We’re not pointing the finger at
anyone, we’re just generalising and
saying that it is a contributing factor.
“The bottom line is, education is
Mr Kerridge declined any insinuation
that he was racist. “I haven’t got a racist
bone in my body.”
A large contributing factor behind dog
attacks was ignorance, Mr Kerridge said.
“Therefore we need education.”
Mr Kerridge added that he favoured
licensing owners instead of registering
individual dogs. — NZ ME
The victims of a violent axe attack that
took place in Wellington last year have
been named today.
Sandra Guerin, 55, was killed following
a vicious attack in her Blueberry Grove
home, in the Upper Hutt suburb of
Timberlea last December.
Ms Guerin’s son Thomas Guerin, 20,
was also injured at the family’s home,
and Kane Love, 24, was attacked at a
Both young men were admitted to
hospital with serious injuries as a result
of the attack.
Another woman, Diane Misa, was also
found injured nearby.
The victims were granted interim name
suppression until today.
Retimana Te Korou Nicholls, 36,
from Maoribank, Upper Hutt made his
first appearance in the High Court at
Wellington this morning charged with
murder, grievous bodily harm, wounding
Justice Robert Dobson remanded
Nicholls in custody, until his next
appearance date in March. — N Z ME
White-tailed spider numbers
boom in Auckland
Pest exterminators are being kept busy
with an influx of white-tailed spiders in
The summer months bring increased
numbers of the spider, whose bite can
cause a nasty rash and swelling.
According to ACC figures, about
300 people a year seek medical help
for white-tail spider bites, at a cost of
$65,000 to $80,000.
Bug King owner Mark McDonald was
getting 10 calls a week about white-
tailed spider infestations, mainly from
Pest experts say white-tailed spiders
usually live outside, in roof spaces or
beneath floors, but will move inside if
their habitat has been disturbed, through
gardening, bad weather or if there is a
lack of food.
White-tailed spiders feast on other
spiders, so experts recommend keeping
your house free of spider webs to keep
“ If there’s a fight between a white-tail
and a daddy long legs, it ’s 50-50 who’s
going to win,” Mr McDonald said.
“The white-tail has the venom, but the
daddy long legs has the speed.
“ If the white-tail gets a bite in, the
daddy long legs has had it.”
A New Zealand Pest Control
spokeswoman said it was getting several
calls a week from people concerned
about white-tail spiders at their
properties, mainly in Titirangi, Swanson
“ Naturally, spiders like hedgy, bushy
areas. It ’s environment rather than
suburb,” she said.
“ With white-tails, it’s not a good idea
to leave clothes on the floor because they
like to hide in them.”
According to the Ministry of Health,
the white-tailed spider causes a painful,
burning feeling, swelling, redness and
itchiness. There are usually no long-
lasting effects. ACC says it mainly
receives claims where there has been an
allergic reaction to the bite, or someone
has developed an infection as a result of
This month it was revealed ACC had
paid $2,087,890 after 28,093 claims
involving insect-related injuries —
including spider bites — over the past two
years. — N ZME-New Zealand Herald
Few clues to microlight crash
Civil Aviation Authority investigators
have yet to find an obvious cause of a
fatal microlight accident that killed two
people in Timaru on Friday.
Veteran pilot Alfred “Jack” Mehlhopt,
86, was flying the New Zealand designed
and built Bantam B22 with Canterbury
senior sergeant Randel Hohi “Randel”
Tikitiki, 51, who also ser ved on the West
Coast, when it crashed on farm land
11km north of Timaru.
They had taken off for a routine training
flight from Richard Pearse Airport,
in Timaru about 7pm, but crashed on
farmland 30 minutes later.
CAA safety investigators have not yet
found an obvious cause of the crash,
spokesman Mike Richards said.
“An extensive process of ruling out
variables and possible causes is now
“ Two investigators will continue to
comb through the wreckage looking for
clues that might explain the cause of the
Mr Mehlhopt ’s aviation documents
and medical certificate were all up to
date and in order, Mr Richards said.
Once the physical inspection and
detailed photographic record of the
accident scene was completed, the
wreckage would be transported to
Wellington for further examination.
South Canterbury Microlight Club
president Tim McLeod said Mr
Mehlhopt ’s death was an enormous loss
to the aviation community. “ He was a
true icon of aviation really and a hell of a
nice man, as were both of them. ”
Mr Tikitiki had been a member of the
c lub for several months and was under
training, Mr McLeod said.
Mr Mehlhopt ’s family released a
statement describing him as a loving
father, uncle, grandfather and great-
grandfather who would be missed by his
friends and family.
The men’s deaths have been referred to
the coroner. — NZ ME
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