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Homicide victim named
The victim of a homicide in Taranaki
on Friday night has been named.
Police said they received a call about
10pm on Friday, after a local from
Stratford heard shouting coming from
a nearby house. When they arrived at
the house, a 71-year-old woman was
found dead at the scene. The woman
was yesterday named as Gwendoline
Blake. A 47-year-old man was
arrested at the scene and charged with
murder. Police said they knew each
other. — NZME
Human bones on beach
Human remains have been
discovered on a Coromandel beach.
Police said the bones were found by
a visitor in an area of the beach that
was corroding, and were later handed
in to officers at the Auckland Police
Station. The bones were now being
examined to determine how old they
were, police said. — N Z ME
Burned man stable
A man badly burned when the boat
he was in burst into flames at a petrol
station was in a stable condition at
Waikato Hospital yesterday. The man,
in his 40s, was with friends filling up
the boat at the Gull ser vice station
in Paengaroa when it exploded into
flames at 4.30pm on Friday.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
A man was knocked unconscious
in an assault in Q ueenstown early
on Saturday. Police said the man was
assaulted outside the Devil Burger
restaurant on Church Street about
2.45am. The victim was knocked
unconscious and fell to the footpath
where more blows were delivered,
police said. — NZ ME
$6.5m winning numbers
Two tickets, sold in Hokitika and
Whakatane, shared the division
one prize in Lotto draw No 1443,
each scooping $500,000. Successful
numbers were 8, 15, 16, 28, 31, 32;
bonus 30. Strike numbers were 31,
32, 16, 28. There were two Strike
Four winners, from Te Anau and
Te Awamutu, each taking home
$60,442. Powerball number 6. The
division one prize was $6 million,
won by the Hokitika ticketholder.
The Winning Wheel ticket was
sold in Auckland. The winner from
Porirua spun for $175,000.
(Big win, p1)
Numbers in Keno draw No 10768:
7, 16, 19, 24, 25, 26, 28, 30, 36, 38, 51,
52, 53, 56, 57, 68, 69, 70, 74, 76. Draw
36, 44, 46, 47, 49, 52, 57, 58, 63, 76,
80. Draw No 10770: 5, 8, 14, 15, 18,
19, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45,
47, 62, 67, 80. Draw No 10771: 2, 3, 4,
5, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 23, 24, 26, 43, 56,
58, 60, 64, 69, 72, 73. Draw No 10772:
47, 54, 56, 61, 62, 65, 69, 73. Draw No
10773: 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 29, 31, 37, 39, 43,
45, 48, 50, 52, 54, 55, 60, 64, 69, 76.
Draw No 10774: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 25, 26,
28, 32, 36, 38, 40, 42, 49, 50, 55, 60, 66,
77, 79. Draw No 10775: 2, 6, 8, 9, 10,
16, 23, 26, 27, 28, 32, 40, 42, 45, 48, 50,
53, 66, 67, 77.
Bank mortgage war brewing
An Air New Zealand plane was struck
by lightning as it approached Dunedin
Spare a thought for passenger Ben
Nettleton, who thought the stag-do he
was returning from was going to be the
excitement for the weekend.
Flight NZ689 from Wellington was 10
minutes out of D unedin just before 4pm
when a “flash of light” struck the right
“Just out of the blue there was this
really loud bang and a flash of light on
the right side of the plane.
“Another passenger saw (the lightning)
hit the wing, and rush up the wing of the
plane. I thought it had hit my window.”
He said he was left with a “numbing
tingling sensation” on the side of his face
following the incident.
The pilot then took the plane back over
Port Chalmers around the coast until the
weather cleared, he said.
An Air NZ spokeswoman confirmed
the flight was hit by lightning on
approach to D unedin. It landed without
“Lightning strikes are not uncommon
and aircraft are designed with this in
Passengers on flight NZ688 from
Dunedin to Wellington and on flight
NZ478 from Wellington to Auckland
were put on other planes while engineers
inspected the aircraft.
The lightning was part of a storm system
that brought high temperatures and rain
to some areas of Otago yesterday, but not
enough to make a difference in drought-
affected areas. — Otago Daily Times
Fireworks could have sparked an
intense blaze at a Christchurch house
party at the weekend.
Emergency ser vices were alerted to the
Champion Street fire in Edgeware at
about 1.45am on Saturday.
Locals reported fireworks being let
off on Friday night — an intermittent
occurrence since last Guy Fawkes night
— a nd party buses coming and going.
“All sorts of fun and games were
happening,” neighbour Gerald Ginther
Police investigating the suspicious fire
today confirmed that reports of fireworks
being let off in the area formed part of
Detective sergeant James Simpson
said a number of partygoers had come
for ward and were helping police work
out what happened.
“ We have identified the people who
were at the address from other people we
have spoken to,” he said this morning.
The house was “well involved with fire”
when firefighters arrived on the scene.
There were initial reports suggesting
people were still inside.
However, no one was found and there
were no injuries.
“It was very fortunate that everyone
who was inside the house, and outside
the house at the time, were able to get to
safety on the street,” Mr Simpson said.
Mr Ginther had been watching
television when he heard a loud bang
before witnessing a large “turret of flame”
out his lounge window.
The fire took hold at the back of the
house and its heat was intense, he said.
“It just kept gaining in intensity and it
was quite a while before they brought it
under control,” Mr Ginther said.
“I thought at one stage our trees
might have been at risk on the edge of
our property. I nearly considered asking
the firemen to dampen down near our
The residents of the house had only
been living there for a week, Mr Ginther
The rear of the property has been
A scene examination was completed
yesterday by a fire safety officer along
with detectives. — NZ ME
Banks are tipped to drop interest
rates to new lows as competition to
attract house hunters and homeowners
widens into an all-out mortgage war.
Property experts predict rates could
drop to less than 5% as banks fight
for the lion’s share of the $180 billion
New Zealanders borrowed to buy
But some experts warn that could
raise the spectre of more measures to
put a hand brake on booming house
It was widely believed this year
would bring rising rates, but the
Reser ve Bank has shifted its message
and the official cash rate is on hold for
The lowest rate offered in New
Zealand was Kiwibank’s 4.79% in
2013. Property financier James Kellow
expected to see a repeat of that.
“Inflation figures next week will
probably show it’s 0% and (Reser ve
Bank Governor Graeme) Wheeler
will have no choice but to drop rates,”
Mr Kellow said.
“Our retail banks will be keen to
maximise their market share and
home loan volumes.
“They will follow the wholesale
funding market with interest rate cuts
as sure as night follows day. ”
Banks have already chopped interest
rates — last Monday Kiwibank
introduced a new five-year home
loan rate of 5.89% for buyers with a
deposit of at least 20%, slashing 60
That has been matched by others
offering special deals, including
Westpac, ASB, ANZ and BNZ. They
are also offering sweeteners to lure
new customers in the form of cash
Mr Kellow said Australian rates
were now below 5% and the Reser ve
Bank of Australia was tipped to cut its
official cash rate.
“ New Zealand has the highest rates
in the developed world. Some of us in
the property finance sector have been
saying for months that interest rates
would start falling this year.
“ Unfortunately for many of those
borrowing and fixing last year, they
were fed the line of fix now for two
or three years as interest rates may be
8% in 2015.”
Mortgage broker Glen McLeod
agreed lower rates were possible. “If
the Australian Reser ve Bank drops
their rate, that will put a lot more
pressure on ours to go down. ”
Some suggest that low rates,
which fuel the overheated property
market in Auckland, might see the
introduction of more tools to cool
prices like the controversial loan-to-
Westpac chief economist Dominick
Stephens said: “ We have to seriously
consider that the next move could be
a tightening, not a loosening.
“That wouldn’t necessarily be a
tighter LVR limit, although the
only other housing-specific tool
in the kit is higher bank capital
requirements for home loans, which
would probably take some time to
Broker John Bolton said the
Reser ve Bank would be “crazy ” not to
“It ’s speculative enough as it is.
We’re the busiest we’ve been in
Banks were reluctant to be drawn on
rates cuts, but ASB chief economist
Nick Tuffley said there was a chance
that interest rates would fall further.
However, it would take an OCR cut
to get bank retail rates below 5%.
“ I don’t think we will see that at
this stage. We need to see the global
economy get really bad for that to
ANZ’s Cameron Bagrie agreed. “Is
(under 5%) likely? No. Is it possible?
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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One person is dead and two
others seriously injured after a
horrific afternoon on southern
roads, and a child died in a Bay of
A 54-year-old Wanaka woman,
Rosemary Margaret Lamb, was
killed when the Ford Falcon she
was a passenger in left the road
and rolled, 3km south of Luggate,
about 6pm yesterday.
The 62-year-old driver, a New
Zealand man, was taken to
Dunedin Hospital by helicopter
in a serious condition.
No other vehicles were involved.
Senior sergeant Brian Benn, of
Dunedin, said it was too early to
speculate on the cause of the crash.
The serious crash unit was
investigating, he said.
A firefighter at the scene
described the accident as a “high-
speed roll” and the car came to
rest upside down in long grass
beside State highway 6.
The pair were trapped in the
upturned vehicle and emergency
ser vices were required to remove
A three-vehicle crash on State
highway 94, about 10km from
Milford, resulted in another
person being taken to hospital
with serious injuries.
A 24-year-old Argentinian
woman was trapped in the sedan
she was driving when it was hit
by a Toyota Prado travelling
towards Te Anau about 2pm
The woman was taken by
helicopter to Southland Hospital
in a serious condition.
A passenger in the sedan was
treated at the scene for minor
The Prado was driven by a
49-year-old Australian man, who
was charged with careless use of a
motor vehicle causing injury and
will appear in the Q ueenstown
District Court today.
Rain, speed and inattention
were believed to be factors in the
crash, Mr Benn said.
Meanwhile, a child is dead after
a car hit a power pole last night.
The young child and a woman
were travelling along Oropi
Road, south of Tauranga, when
their car crashed into a concrete
power pole near Castles Road at
The dark blue sedan ended up in
a nearby paddock.
Oropi Road resident Krystal
Walsh said she heard sirens and
followed them to see if anyone
she knew was hurt when she saw
the sedan in the paddock.
“The car’s pretty twisted on one
side. It had taken out the power
pole,” she said.
Ms Walsh said up to eight
emergency ser vice staff were
treating two patients on the
ground in the paddock.
“They tried adrenalin, they had a
defibrillator but it didn’t seem to
make any difference,” she said.
“ From what we could see, three
were with the baby and four with
the woman. Then they stopped
working on the baby and started
resuscitating her,” she said.
Ms Walsh said the stretch of
road was dangerous and had been
especially slippery last night.
Northern fire communications
shift manager Megan Ruru said
it appeared a small child was
trapped in the car immediately
after the crash.
Police closed the road for
several hours after the crash as
contractors worked on power
St John western Bay of Plenty
territory manager Ross Clarke
said the young child was a pre-
Police said the driver, a local
woman, did not sustain injury but
was taken to Tauranga hospital.
There were no other people in
The death comes two days after
a man was killed while walking
along State highway 2 at Te Puna.
Grant Coley, 59, died when
he stepped out in front of traffic
travelling north. He was struck by
On January 24, Auckland man
Santhosh Kumar Cherukuri died
in a crash on State highway 2 at
Pahoia. — Otago Daily Times-
NZME-Bay of Plenty Times
Horror on roads
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services at the scene of a fatal single-vehicle crash at Queensberry, just south of Luggate,
last evening. The overturned vehicle is on the left.
after MP quits
A by-election in the
Northland electorate is
likely to be held in March,
following the resignation
of National MP Mike
Sabin last week.
Mr Sabin announced
his resignation on Friday,
citing personal issues that
were best dealt with outside
Parliament. He would not
make any further comment.
His resignation came a
month after reports he was
being investigated by the
Speaking on Radio New
Zealand’s Morning Report
this morning, Prime
Minister John Key said
following advice from the
Electoral Commission, the
by-election would be held
in mid to late March.
Mr Key said he was
confident National would
be able to hold on to the seat.
“ We’ve held that seat for a very long
period of time,” he said.
“ John Carter held the seat for a long
time prior to Mike Sabin.
“ Mike Sabin was a good, hard working
local MP, the majority was over 9000.”
Mr Key said he was aware Mr Sabin
was planning on resigning one to two
days before it happened.
“I was aware that he was
leaving for personal and
family reasons and making
his resignation late last
week, a couple of days
before it happened.
“In terms of those
matters, I became aware of
those at about the last week
of the parliamentary term
“I didn’t have any great
information about those
personal and family matters
prior to that, and even when
I was aware of those, I’m
often aware of personal
and family matters raised
in the context of someone
saying their spouse is sick,
or they ’ve got a particular
test that they ’re going in
for. It wouldn’t have been
something that would have
driven an outcome from me.
“Up until his resignation
on Friday I’ve had enormous confidence
in him as an MP. Actually I think he
has performed very strongly, he’s got a
great grasp of some of the policy area, I
actually saw him as someone that would
be potentially a future cabinet minister if
we were in government.”
Mr Sabin was previously chairman
of Parliament ’s law and order select
committee. — NZ ME
You could call it a “who dunnyit”.
A line of historical long-drops has
emerged from an archaeological dig
at the former Eichardt ’s Hotel stables
site in central Queenstown.
Another find was an intact, 19th-
century bottle, with the paper label
The two-week excavation finished
A $6 million, three-level building for
Skyline Enterprises will soon be built
on the waterfront land.
Dunedin archaeologist Andrea
Farminer said the surprise discovery of
the barrel latrines came late in the dig
as they were “ bottoming out ” the site.
“ We haven’t got a precise date
but they ’re probably from the
“The fact they ’re in a very straight line,
very close together, clearly one phase is
extremely unusual — for Queenstown
and probably further afield.
“In our interpretation at the
moment, it very much looks like they
were the pub loos for the Eichardt ’s
Hotel because it’s within their site. ”
Dr Farminer said the wooden barrels
were originally set in the ground, with
a basic toilet seat over the top. From
photographs, there was a building over
the area in the 1870s and 1880s.
She said it was likely the outhouse
was for male pub patrons —
comparatively well-to-do hotel guests
would have had nicer suites and
The wood has rotted away, leaving
the iron hoops and the surrounding
gravel. The next challenge for the
archaeologists is to try and retrieve
one of the barrels.
“It was a great way to end the dig.
“ We found so much information
which we’ve got to spend the next six
months or so processing and putting
together in a report. ”
The label reveals the bottle is tonic
or wine bitters from Feraud, a brewery
which operated from Clyde’s D unstan
Brewery during or after the goldfields
sprang up in the area.
Dr Farminer said to have the paper
label sur vive on a bottle in the site “ is
really something” and suggested they
were the first people to hold the bottle
since it was emptied and dumped in
an Eichardt’s rubbish pit.
The team has also uncovered stables,
cobblestones, building foundations,
ceramics, animal bones and rubbish
pits. — Otago Daily Times
Dig finds long-drop loos
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Archaeologist Dr Andrea Farminer, of Dunedin, holds a 19th-century
bottle recovered from the old Eichardt ’s stables site in Queenstown.
Labour leader Andrew Little
heads into a two-day retreat with
his caucus today, only mildly
buoyed by the latest poll results
and the shock success of Labor in
Queensland at the weekend.
“The reality is that polls go up and
down in the course of a political
term,” Mr Little said.
“ We started from 25% from the
last election. We’ve got a big job
ahead of us to turn that around and
win back the confidence of people
and it’s a longer process than just
one or two polls. ”
According to last night’s 3 News-
Reid Research poll, 54% of people
think Mr Little is a capable leader,
the highest rating for a Labour
leader since Helen Clark was prime
minister, although incumbent
Prime Minister John Key is thought
capable by 81%.
The gulf is not quite so wide on
the question of leader performance.
Asked how the leaders were
performing, 45% thought Mr Little
was performing well — again the
highest for a Labour leader since
Helen Clark — and only 17%
thought he was performing poorly.
That compares with Mr Key ’s
ratings: 63% thought he was
performing well and 24% (higher
than Mr Little) thought he was
In terms of party vote, the poll
recorded a lift in support for both
major parties — National was up
by 3.1 points and Labour by three
The first major poll after the
election, the Digipoll sur vey in
December, also had both parties
up — Labour by three points and
National by 2.2.
Mr Little, a former union leader,
won the leadership in November.
National has its first caucus
meeting tomorrow at Premier
House, the PM’s official residence,
It will be one MP down after the
resignation of Northland’s Mike
Sabin on Friday to address what he
called personal issues.
Mr Little’s caucus of 32 will meet
in Martinborough in the Wairarapa
for two days to talk about how to
lift their performance and improve
the party’s overall impact.
“That ’s not going to change
overnight. It’s not going to change
over a Christmas break. It’s ongoing
work,” Mr Little said.
The first of three commissioned
reviews has been completed
since the party’s low polling in
September: the one that assesses
the election campaign itself.
Two more are due: an analysis of
the party’s past four election results
(2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014) and
a strategic review drawing on the
results of the first two.
Last night, Mr Little issued a
message of congratulations to
Labor in Queensland which has
gone from having nine seats to
43 and is close to gaining the two
others needed to govern with a
But again, he was cautious about
drawing any comparisons on what
might be possible in New Zealand.
“It’s nice to see a State branch of
the Labor Party doing very well but
these things have their own peculiar
circumstances,” he said.
“ You had
unpopular premier embarking on an
increasingly unpopular programme
of State asset sales, among other
things, and an ALP State branch
that got its act together and
campaigned very well.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Little plays down
Two women were threatened last night
by a man who robbed the Nelson lodge
they were working at. Police were called
to the Ocean Lodge at 10pm on after
the women reported being confronted
by a man demanding money.
They were in the process of closing up
when the lone man offender entered.
Detective sergeant Ian Langridge said
the man was aggressive, pushed a female
staff member and verbally threatened the
women. He left after a sum of money
was handed over by the staff. — NZ M E
Women threatened in hold-up
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