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Teen rescued from river
A young woman was rescued
from the Waikato River early today.
Members of the public were praised
for helping to save the teenager’s life,
after screams were heard coming
from the river at River Road,
Fairfield, in Hamilton about 1am.
A 17-year-old girl was discovered
by police about 10m from shore in
“obvious distress”, Inspector Tony
Wakelin said. One officer swam out
to the teen as she was going under
the water. He swam her back to the
bank and, along with three other
officers, managed to get her back
on land. She was taken to Waikato
Hospital in a serious but stable
condition. — NZ ME
Van fall man serious
A 25-year-old Alexandra man
suffered serious head injuries after
falling from a van travelling at
100kph, police say. The incident
happened on State highway 8 north
of Clyde about 9pm on Saturday.
Witnesses said the man was
attempting to climb out of a window
of the van and fell in the process,
senior sergeant Darryl Lennane said.
The man was flown to D unedin
Hospital. — NZ ME
A search is continuing for a
woman who had been diving for
crayfish. The 37-year-old started
her dive from a boat with a male
friend about 9.10am yesterday off
Motunau Beach, east of Greta
Valley in Canterbury. A drift
pattern area was searched yesterday.
Police divers are expected to join
the search today.
— N Z ME -New Zealand Herald
$4m Lotto win
For the second weekend in a row a
lucky punter has become a multi-
millionaire after winning
$4.3 million with a winning
Powerball ticket. The Whanganui
winner also shared the division one
Lotto prize, gaining $333,333 along
with ticketholders from Kaiapoi
and Silverdale. Successful numbers
were 13, 14, 17, 18, 39, 40; bonus
37. Strike numbers were 39, 17,
14, 13. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 6. The
Winning Wheel ticket was sold
in Otorohanga. The winner from
Rakaia spun for $500,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 10796:
49, 56, 61, 62, 63, 69, 71, 77. Draw No
10797: 4, 5, 12, 15, 16, 23, 26, 30, 42,
44, 45, 47, 52, 53, 54, 55, 63, 64, 68, 78.
Draw No 10798: 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15,
19, 22, 23, 24, 30, 34, 37, 41, 54, 60, 64,
69, 78, 79. Draw No 10799: 1, 9, 11,
16, 17, 18, 21, 31, 32, 34, 39, 44, 47, 48,
53, 54, 63, 65, 74, 80. Draw No 10800:
48, 49, 52, 61, 65, 68, 70, 73. Draw No
10801: 2, 9, 13, 14, 21, 27, 33, 35, 39,
40, 41, 47, 56, 61, 64, 66, 69, 76, 78, 80.
Draw No 10802: 3, 7, 11, 15, 16, 23,
24, 26, 29, 31, 42, 44, 49, 53, 54, 55, 57,
73, 75, 76. Draw No 10803: 5, 12, 16,
17, 20, 25, 34, 37, 38, 44, 45, 50, 53, 57,
63, 67, 69, 72, 77, 78.
Two men who admitted assaulting
cricket star Jesse Ryder outside a
Christchurch bar two years ago can
be named for the first time today.
Craig O’Neill, 39, and his nephew
Dylan O’Neill, 22, had their interim
name suppression order lapse this
Craig, a Canterbury builder, was
initially charged with assault and
injuring with reckless disregard for
the safety of Ryder who was in an
induced coma for nearly three days
after the assault.
He was due to stand trial next
month but has since pleaded guilty
at Christchurch District Court to
an amended charge of assault with
intent to injure.
Dylan O’Neill, a carpet layer,
earlier admitted a charge of assault
following the altercation with the
controversial cricketer outside a
Merivale bar on the night of March
Neither man appeared in the
Christchurch District Court this
morning when Judge Stephen
O’Driscoll announced that the
interim name suppression order had
They have both been remanded on
bail and will be sentenced on May 6.
The O’Neills handed themselves in
to police in the days after Ryder was
assaulted while on a night out with
his then Wellington Firebirds team-
They were granted interim name
suppression at their first court
appearance to protect their identities
in the interests of preser ving a fair
trial. Lawyers said at the time that
identification could be a key issue if
the case was to proceed to a trial.
However, as they left court,
Christchurch man Jordan Mason,
29, used his cellphone to film the
A police officer spoke to Mason
outside court, advising him of the
suppression order and warned
against doing anything with his
But Mason ignored the advice and
uploaded the footage of the two men
on to You Tube.
Mason was convicted
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 — an allegation
he denies. He faces a hearing next
month. — NZ ME
Ryder’s assailants named
Ngati Porou leader Apirana Mahuika
The Maori world had “lost one of the
mainstays of Ngati Porou”, a tribute post
on the Ta Kaea Facebook page said this
morning, describing it as a “dark cloud”.
“Ngati Porou and the world as a whole
mourn the loss of a great and strong
leader, Dr Apirana. Legend,” the post
Dr Mahuika was a Treaty of Waitangi
scholar and Maori leader.
Producer Bailey Mackey tweeted: “If
there is anything mightier than a totara
then that ’s what we have lost today with
the passing of Dr Apirana Mahuika.”
The Hapai Te Hauroa Maori Public
Health posted on its Facebook page: “It
is with great sadness that we note the
passing of Dr Apirana Mahuika.
“Dr Mahuika of Ngati Porou was
a leading force in Maori and iwi
development over many years and several
of us had the privilege to have crossed
paths with him. ”
Dr Mahuika was honoured by Police
Commissioner Mike Bush in October
for the “significant work he has
undertaken to ensure police upheld their
commitment to Maori and the treaty”.
He was chairman of the Te Kotahi
Research Institute at the University of
Waikato, and was an ordained Anglican
minister for more than 50 years.
In 2012 the Royal Society of New
Zealand described him as a “ leading
figure in most of the major political and
topical issues that have confronted iwi in
“His passion for the promotion and
protection of Ngati Porou Taonga and
Te Reo ake o Ngati Porou is unrelenting
and he is committed to the self-
determination of Ngati Porou whanau/
hapu and to education and the pursuit of
excellence in all endeavours.” — NZME
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The Crown now says it believes the
wife and daughter of Mark Lundy
were killed later than previously
In August 2000, Lundy’s wife
Christine, 38, and seven-year-old
daughter Amber were killed in their
Palmerston North home.
The 56-year-old was found guilty of
the double murder in 2002 but those
convictions were quashed by the
Privy Council in 2013.
Lundy has since been on bail.
The Crown case is being led by
Morgan, QC, while Lundy will be
represented by David Hislop, QC.
The trial is expected to last up to
Lundy, dressed smartly in a dark
blue suit and white shirt, pleaded
not guilty to both charges when they
were put to him in court.
The jury empanelment went
incredibly smoothly, without a single
juror asking to be discharged by the
Justice France acknowledged the
high degree of media interest and
reassured the jury they would be
He also told the 12 jurors that the
case was a retrial and not to concern
themselves with the previous trial.
“ Trust, please, the process. Trust
you’ ll hear all there is relevant to
hear,” he said.
Justice France warned them against
using the internet to do their own
research, including “Facebook or
“It’d be pretty understandable
if you’re ner vous. It ’s a long trial,
everyone seems to be watching, these
are serious charges and obviously you
want to get it right,” Justice France
He told the jury there would be
an early adjournment today after
both Crown and defence’s opening
addresses, with the first witness being
Opening the Crown’s case, Mr
Morgan said the attack that resulted
in the deaths of Christine and Amber
Lundy was “ferocious”.
“ You may think the ferocity of
the attack and the whereabouts —
particularly on Christine Lundy
was carried out by someone who
had hostility, to put it mildly, towards
her,” he said.
The Lundys ran a kitchen sink
business from their home and Mr
Morgan said the double-murder
accused was the salesman, making
frequent trips to Wellington and the
lower North Island.
He said on the night of August 29
or 30, 2000, Lundy hired a prostitute
while on one of those trips to
After wards it is alleged he drove
back to the “ blue collar suburb” of
Palmerston North where he lived and
killed his wife and daughter with a
“sharp, heavy implement ”.
Amber was found in the door way to
her parents’ room while her mother
was found in bed after a routine visit
by her brother.
Mr Morgan told the jury at the first
trial in 2002 it was the Crown case
that Lundy killed his family earlier
in the night but now they believed it
was later or in the early hours of the
“ It ’s not a case where there’s an eye
witness,” Mr Morgan said. “ There’s
no CCTV footage of him which
assists you in deciding where abouts
he was. Instead it ’s a case where
there’s a whole series of pieces of
evidence which, viewed collectively,
establishes the guilt of the accused.”
He told the jury it had been made
to look like “a random burglary” but
Christine Lundy’s blood was found
on the outside of a window that had
been jemmied open.
The lawyer said that was because it
was done after the bloody killing to
make it look like something it was
There was other evidence that
backed up the theory, according to
The house was not “ransacked”
and if the murder was the work of a
burglar he failed to grab Christine’s
wallet, which was on a table, and got
away with only a jewellery box.
When Lundy was stopped by police
on his way into Palmerston North,
Mr Morgan said a bracelet belonging
to his wife that she kept in that box
was found in his car.
The box itself and its contents were
At the time of the alleged murders,
the Lundys were “under enormous
financial pressure”, Mr Morgan said,
owing significant money to the bank.
On top of that Lundy had spent
money on a “foolish or possibly
reckless venture” in the wine industry.
Murders ‘committed later’
Three people died on the
country’s roads over the Waitangi
In the first fatality a 62-year-old
man died in a single vehicle crash
in Southland on Friday night.
The crash happened about
8.25pm on Heddon Bush Road,
On Saturday a tourist,
understood to have been from
Israel, died when the van she was
travelling in crossed the centre
line and travelled through a
paddock before rolling a couple
of times down a steep 40m bank,
It was understood the vehicle
had been rented by three Israeli
couples in their 60s and 70s
who have been in the country
for about a week, TVNZ News
The crash happened State
highway 1 near Greta Valley
shortly before 10.20am, about
1km south of the Hurunui River
The vehicle’s five other
occupants were taken to
Christchurch Hospital by air and
road, police said.
Yesterday, a person died in a
car crash on a semi-rural road in
Inspector Willy Taylor said the
car had left the road at McEntee
Road and landed on its roof.
No other cars were involved in
Last week police urged drivers
to take care during the weekend.
Meanwhile, a man was seriously
injured after a collision between a
car and truck near National Park
The crash happened on State
highway 4 at Erua, about 8pm,
Greenlea rescue helicopter pilot
Nat Every said.
The man, thought to be in his
late 50s, was the sole occupant in
The truck driver was also taken
to hospital, suffering a broken leg,
Mr Every said. — NZME
Three killed on holiday weekend roads
PICTURE: NZME-New Zealand Police
The scene of the van crash near Greta Valley on Saturday.
Tony Abbott remains prime minister
after a move to spill the Liberal
Liberal MPs voted 61-39 this morning
to defeat a motion by two backbenchers.
Mr Abbott addressed his colleagues
after the vote.
Chief government whip Philip
Ruddock described the vote as “very
clear” when he informed the waiting
media of the result.
But the outcome is unlikely to end
speculation about Mr Abbott ’s future
amid continuing bad polling for the
coalition and its leader.
A Newspoll, published ahead of the
party room meeting, showed Labor
leading the coalition 57-43%.
It also showed only one in four voters
were satisfied with the Mr Abbott ’s
performance. — AAP
Stem cell cure
hope for diabetics
A university of Otago research scientist
says clinical trials of a cure for type 1
diabetes could begin in Dunedin within
the next two years.
Cell biologist, haematologist and
project leader Dr Jim Faed, of the
University of Otago, made the promise
during the Lion’s Lark in the Park event
at Dunedin’s Botanic Garden yesterday,
which aimed to help raise some of the
$2.46 million needed to run the trials.
Dr Faed said their research involved
trials using stem cells taken from the
bone marrow of people with type 1
diabetes, and using them to stimulate
The cells appeared to be able to “turn
off ” the auto-immune response that
causes type 1 diabetes, he said.
“ We see this as the low-hanging fruit
of research into a cure for type 1 diabetes
because it has already been done once
Trials had already been carried out on
mice and humans. It just needed fine-
tuning, he said.
Much of the funds raised would go
towards the Spinal Cord Society which
will develop its stem cell production
facilities in Dunedin, so that patients’
own cells can be grown and tested in
c linical trials.
“ It ’s the only method that ’s attacking
the cause of diabetes. Most of the other
treatments are basically designed to
manufacture insulin artificially.
“ What we are looking for is a cure, not
just support of people with the disease.
“This will be a sustained cure that
doesn’t require top-ups.”
Spinal Cord Society research scientist
Paul Turner, who has type 1 diabetes,
said he had a vested interest in the
results of the study, but believed the
research was about New Zealanders
taking responsibility for their health.
He said diabetes placed a huge burden,
both on people’s lives, and the health
Dr Turner believed the research might
benefit people with many other auto-
immune diseases, such as multiple
sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and
The Spinal Cord Society also plans
to use this type of stem cell in novel
treatments for spinal cord injuries.
The Lark in the Park family day was
just one of many fundraising events
being held with the aim of making a cure
a reality, he said. — Otago Daily Times
A woman is in a serious condition
in Christchurch Hospital after her
car crashed following a police chase
Police received reports about
5.45pm yesterday of a car being
driven erratically in a residential
street in Hornby.
When police arrived at the scene
the driver allegedly fled in her
vehicle, a black Ford Explorer. Police
pursued the driver but abandoned
the pursuit a short time later due to
the manner of her driving. A search
was conducted and the vehicle was
relocated. A second pursuit was
initiated however this was also
abandoned due to the manner of
About five minutes after the
second pursuit was abandoned the
fleeing vehicle carried straight on
at a right-hand bend in Centaurus
Road and crashed down a steep
Police and emergency ser vices
attended the crash scene shortly
after 6pm. The 33-year-old female
driver was assisted from her vehicle
and taken to Christchurch Hospital
where she is understood to be in a
Police investigations into the
crash are continuing.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Police abandoned chase before crash
Chemical leaks in fire
A fire burning in a Timaru building
which sparked evacuations this morning
appears to have put itself out.
Canterbury police say the Fire Ser vice
has now entered the Chrome Platers
building near Heaton Street and located
the remains of an extinguished fire.
Firefighters were currently working to
isolate a number of leaking chemical
containers that were discovered during a
search of the building.
About seven fire trucks and 40
firefighters were at the scene working
to control the fire earlier today. The
building backs on to the main railway
line running through the town, close to
Following discussions with the Fire
Ser vice, police said they were reducing
the cordons to a block radius around
the Chrome Platers building. “ There
are no domestic dwellings in the area
affected by the reduced cordon and the
evacuation point at the Trinity Church
will be closed in due course,” police said.
Evacuated residents were being
allowed to return to their homes.
The Fire Ser vice was investigating
the cause of the fire but had advised
police the blaze was not thought to be
suspicious. — N ZM E
NCO admits six charges
A non-commissioned officer of the
Defence Force has pleaded guilty to six
of 13 charges at a court-martial today.
The week-long hearing is being held at
Linton Military Camp near Palmerston
The defendant was granted interim
name suppression by Judge Charles
The charges the defendant pleaded
guilty to related to doing an act likely to
prejudice ser vice discipline.
He pleaded not guilty to six charges
relating to indecent assault, sexual
violation and inducing sexual connection
There was no plea entered against an
alternative charge to one of the sexual
violation charges, which would be dealt
with later in the hearing.
Three complainants are due to give
evidence during the court-martial.
At the time of the alleged offending
they were all recruits in courses being
instructed by the defendant.
The case is being heard in front of
Judge Blackie and five senior Defence
Force military members.
The charges are related to offending
alleged to have taken place in the vicinity
of Waiouru between September 2011
and May 2012.
The hearing continues. — N Z ME
Boatie badly injured
A man was seriously injured in a
boating accident south of Motuhie
Island in the Hauraki Gulf yesterday
The Auckland Coastguard said
the man was pulled from the water
unconscious but breathing having
jumped from his vessel to avoid a
It is believed that once in the water
he was struck by the oncoming vessel, a
He was retrieved from the water before
being transferred to the Coastguard’s
Lion Foundation rescue boat.
The police launch Deodar III
transported a paramedic from Auckland
to the scene before the Coastguard boat
transported the man to an ambulance at
Three other people involved in the
accident were unharmed.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Two people facing charges relating to
Thursday night ’s fatal shooting in Lower
Hutt have appeared in the Hutt Valley
A 19-year-old woman is charged
with the murder of 39-year-old Adam
Watkins, while a 40-year-old man is
charged with suppressing evidence
Both were granted name suppression,
and were remanded in custody to next
appear in the High Court at Wellington
on March 3. — NZME
Murder case pair remanded
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