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Crash injuries fatal
A second person has died following
a car crash at Matakana last week.
Janine Baer, 19, died in Auckland
Hospital on Thursday night — a day
after the crash. Her mother, 48-year-
old Romy Reinhardt-Baer died at the
scene of the crash on Leigh Road.
Ms Baer was driving the car. She
had been living and working in New
Zealand since last July. Her parents
had come to visit her here and her
father remains in Auckland Hospital.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Toddler run over
A toddler was taken to hospital
with serious injuries after he was
hit by a car in Nelson on Monday.
A police spokeswoman said a
23-month-old boy was hit by a car
about 4pm on Main Road Stoke
in Nelson. The boy was then taken
to Nelson Hospital with what were
believed to be serious injuries, she
said. — NZ ME
A fisherman found clinging to
a lifejacket on the edge of the
Whangarei Harbour is believed
to have drowned after a boating
mishap. The man was found about
10am yesterday at the end of
Scott Road near Tamaterau on
the northern edge of Whangarei
Harbour. The man, a local believed
to be in his early 60s, had been seen
fishing on Waikaraka Beach Road
— about 6km from where the body
was discovered — about 6pm on
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
A man was pinned by his legs
following a truck crash in Te
Awamutu yesterday. The man was
driving a light ser vice truck when
it collided with a six-wheel rubbish
truck pulling out of a driveway. The
crash happened about 2.20pm on
the corner of Albert Park Drive and
George Street in the Waikato town.
Sergeant Dave Reid said the man
in the smaller truck was trapped by
his legs and the Fire Ser vice had to
free him. He was taken to Waikato
Hospital with moderate injuries. The
other driver was not injured.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Fire destroys home
A young family is devastated
after a major house fire wrecked
their suburban home yesterday.
Wellington firefighters described a
difficult challenge battling the blaze
but said it was fortunate nobody was
hurt in the Normandale Road fire
in Lower Hutt. The family was away
from the double-storey home when
the fire broke out. — NZ ME
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NZ’s Iraq mission under attack
no bar to killings
The body of an English tourist who
collapsed while on a kayaking trip has
been recovered by police.
Police said they recovered the body of a
30-year-old man from Bark Bay, in Abel
Tasman National Park, last evening.
The man was with a group kayaking in
the park when he collapsed about 7pm
and died, police said.
The matter has been referred to the
coroner, police said. — NZ ME
on kayak trip
About 150 Defence Force
personnel will begin pre-deployment
training for Iraq at Linton and
Waiouru military camps, ahead of
an almost certain Cabinet decision
within weeks that New Zealand
troops will join a non-combat
mission in the fight against Isis.
The announcement was made
yesterday soon after three political
leaders, Andrew Little, Winston
Peters and minister Peter Dunne,
used the first parliamentary debate
of the year to condemn the likely
Mr Dunne also launched a stinging
attack on comments made in New
Zealand last week by British Foreign
Secretary Philip Hammond when
he said: “Frankly we’ve got used to
New Zealand being there alongside
us, alongside the United States, the
United Kingdom, Australia, as part
of the family. ”
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee
said the training was made at the
request of Chief of Defence Force
Lieutenant-General Tim Keating.
Prime Minister John Key has
already made it clear he wants to
deploy up to 100 defence staff in
a training mission with Australia
which has 600 people in Iraq.
Mr Dunne, a minister and the
leader of United Future, described
Mr Hammond as a “patronising
figure from abroad loftily telling us
we are in the club, we are part of
the family and it would be lovely to
have you along for the next round of
He said the debating chamber had
plaques on the wall of other times
“the family” had acted together.
“Gallipoli, the mindless slaughter
of Australian and New Zealand
troops in the pursuit of a British
objective, Passchendaele and the
Somme, so to come here and say
to New Zealanders today ‘we love
having you on board, you are part
of the family but you’ve still got
to queue up at the aliens gate at
Heathrow ’ is unacceptable in the
New Zealand First leader Mr
Peters said Mr Key ’s concern was to
be in the club — “the club that says
that if you go to Australia and you
work there for 21 years and you get
tipped out of your job you do not get
the dole any more. Or is it the club
with the United States, which says:
‘ We’ll give a free trade agreement
to Chile and Morocco but we won’t
give one to New Zealand’?”
Mr Little, the Labour leader,
said everybody felt the urge to do
something but “after 10 years of
training of the Iraqi army by the
. . . best-resourced army in the world,
what is it that we can do now that is
going to make a difference?”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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Lundy attended her regular
dance class on August
29 wearing her favourite
pink and orange leotard
with blue tights. The next
morning she was found
bludgeoned to death.
Mark Lundy is on trial
in the High Court at
Wellington, charged with
murdering his daughter,
Amber, and her mother,
Christine Lundy 38.
Mrs Lundy’s brother, Glenn Weggery,
found their bodies in their Palmerston
North home about 8.45am on August
30. He told the court yesterday he saw
Amber first, lying in the hallway with
“gaping head injuries”, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
Palmerston North dance teacher Dean
McKerras said Amber had been taking
dance lessons since she was three and
a half and her mother stayed to watch
most of the time.
That was what had happened on
August 29, when Amber attended class
wearing her favourite pink and orange
leotard with blue tights, Mr McKerras
told the court today.
The class ran slightly late as the
students were trying on costumes for an
upcoming show, he said.
The evidence of Mrs Lundy’s mother,
the late Helen Weggery, was then read
to the court.
Mrs Weggery said the Lundys married
just after her daughter’s 21st birthday
and that she believed Mr Lundy was
the only man she had had a sexual
relationship with. He treated her
daughter well, she said.
They were “ both very excited” when
they got pregnant with Amber, and she
was “the apple of their eye”.
The couple tried for another baby
when Amber was about 18 months old
but had difficulties and started seeing a
specialist, to no avail.
“Christine was very upset when she
found out she could not have any more
children. The accused did
not say much, being a
man,” Mrs Weggery said.
Mrs Weggery saw her
daughter on August 29
and was driving towards
the Lundy home on the
morning of August 30
when police stopped her
before waving her on when
she said who she was.
drove down to
Christine’s house . . . and
saw the house had tape
across the front,” she said.
“It was obvious something was very
Mr Lundy’s father, the late William
Lundy, said in a statement read to the
court his son and daughter-in-law were
“The accused and Christine had a very
good and loving relationship,” he said.
“I don’t recall the accused and Christine
ever arguing, and there was no violence
in their relationship.
believe that the accused and
Christine lived for Amber and as far as I
was aware there was no infidelity in their
William Lundy got on well with his
daughter-in-law; she looked after his
finances, held his power of attorney and
took him to the doctor. He would visit
about six times a week.
“I got on very well with Christine. In
fact, we were very close,” he said.
William Lundy also told of his son
a carpenter by trade — being in the
habit of painting his tools orange and
blue to easily identify them.
When Mrs Lundy’s brother Glenn
found his sister and niece’s bodies, he
said a conser vatory door was open.
But in her evidence, his mother said
the victim was very security conscious
and always locked up when her
husband was out of town on business
trips, as he was on the night of the
She said the only people who had
house keys were the couple and herself.
Lyttelton Port ’s
accommodate larger cruise ships
could see the South Island dropped
as a cruise ship destination with the
loss of millions of tourist dollars.
Earthquake damage to whar ves at
Lyttelton means the bigger ships have
nowhere to berth as they make their
way from D unedin to Wellington
and have to spend an extra day at sea,
Radio New Zealand reported today.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
carries about 40% of all the cruise
ship passengers who visit New
Its New Zealand representative
Tony Petrie said since Lyttelton was
taken out of action, the cruise line’s
super-sized 3500-passenger capacity
ships have cut sailings to the South
Island from six three years ago, to just
one for the coming season.
He said without a stop at Lyttelton,
cruises to the South Island are hard
“ When they leave Australia they’re
going to be sailing for three sea days
before people can get off the ship in
Dunedin and they want to be in New
Zealand then. But of course without
Lyttelton they ’ve then got another
sea day before they get to Wellington.
So it’s pretty difficult for them to sell
Mr Petrie also said if the South
Island was cut from cruise ship
itineraries altogether it would make
trips to New Zealand harder to sell
He urged Lyttelton Port Company
to think about the bigger picture.
“The port is looking very narrowly
at its own interests and not the wider
interests of the community there. The
Canterbury region is missing out in
a big way because the ships aren’t
Lyttelton Port Company chief
executive Peter Davie said it would
cost $40 million to build a cruise ship
berth and it could not be justified,
particularly if the cost was borne by
the company alone.
Because they do not visit as often
cruise ships provide only a fraction of
the returns container ships do.
“If we spend money that doesn’t
give a return on a facility such as
this, our return to our shareholders
becomes lower so that has a direct
impact,” Mr Davie said.
Tourism has just presented the
Christchurch City Council, which
owns 100% of the port, with a
business case for why the ships need
Chief executive Tim Hunter said
bringing the larger vessels in could
inject an extra $113m into the region
over the next decade, but not doing
so could see the industry wither and
“ Within 10 years, 30 to 40% of our
ships will be in that large category.
So I’m not saying we won’t continue
getting the 2000 capacity ships but
it ’ll be the lesser end of the market
and our cruises over time will simply
Hassle Free Tours runs excursions
for the smaller cruise ships now
coming in to Akaroa Harbour.
Its owner Mark Gilbert said 40%
of his business comes from the ships
and the council needed to ensure a
berth for the larger ships was built at
“ If we can’t get these ships into
Lyttelton then the economic impact
on the region’s going to be massive
in terms of lost earnings from these
passengers. So I think the council
definitely needs to step in. ”
Christchurch City Council finance
committee chairman Raf Manji said
the council was looking seriously at
whether it should direct the port to
construct the new wharf.
“I mean, as a 100% shareholder we
can obviously direct them to make
that type of investment. Or the
council can do it in a different way.
We can work with private investors
as well. So it ’s not necessarily
something the port will have to
do themselves. So commercially it
may not stack up for the port but
commercially for the city it may well
Mr Manji said if a proposal to sell a
minority stake in the port goes ahead
it will not make it harder to build a
berth for the cruise ships. — NZN
Lyttelton issues put cruise ship visits in doubt
When Professor Hamish
Spencer calls his wife an old fossil
it is not the insult people might
In fact his wife, Associate
Professor Abby Smith, could
throw the line right back at him
as the couple both have species
named after them.
French and Russian scientists
recently named a deep-water
snail found off the coast of New
Zealand Hortia spenceri in
honour of Prof Spencer’s work
recording mollusc species.
While British scientist Paul
Taylor, of the Natural History
Musuem in London, and a
colleague decided to name a tiny
bryozoa Exochella abigailae after
Prof Smith — her last name
Smith was too common so they
used her first name, Abigail.
“ I met him at a conference in
London and he asked if I had
a bryozoa named after me and
when I said ‘no’, he said, ‘I must
fix that ’,” she said.
The naming recognised her
contribution to knowledge of
bryozoan skeletal mineralogy,
geochemistry and taphonomy, a
paper published in the Journal of
Systematic Palaeontology, said.
“It’s a real honour. I was tickled
to death. I’d had a rotten day,
the day I heard, and that really
cheered me up,” Prof Smith,
head of Otago University’s
marine science department and a
Prof Spencer, an evolutionary
geneticist and director of the
University of Otago’s Allan
Wilson Centre, which uses
genomic technology in tandem
with biomathematical analysis to
better understand New Zealand
biodiversity, was also flattered.
He had no idea of the honour
until a colleague suggested he
read the paper published in
Zootaxa and did not know the
“These are big names and it ’s
work. To be recognised in that
way is a really nice thing.”
It was also exciting because
the paper outlined the discovery
of living examples of the snails
which had been thought to be
“ I’d never seen one until I went
to Te Papa last month.”
Prof Smith said scientists never
named species after themselves
but it was common for them to
be named after their partners or
characteristics of the species.
She thought it was likely they
might be the only University of
Otago couple to have two species
named after them.
It was a nice thing to happen to
the couple, who had been married
29 years this month, they said.
“O ur son David wants to do
a project for biology on Dad’s
snail. ” — Otago Daily Times
Old fossil ‘tickled to death’ at honour
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Associate Professor Abby Smith and husband Professor Hamish Spencer hold examples of bryozoan
and marine snail similar to those named after them.
One million coloured 50c coins
will be released into circulation next
month to mark the commemoration
of the centenary of the Anzac landings
on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
The white, black and silver coin was
unveiled yesterday at Government
House in Wellington by Governor-
General Sir Jerry Mateparae and
Reser ve Bank governor Graeme
It was the first time a New Zealand
coloured circulating coin had been
The coin featured New Zealand
and Australian soldiers standing back
to back with their heads bowed in
remembrance on one side and Queen
Elizabeth II on the other side.
Sir Jerry said the issuing of the coin
was a tangible way to pay tribute to
the “comradeship, a steadfastness and
a promise” that existed between New
Zealand and Australia.
They represented a “golden
opportunity” for children to ask and
learn about the Anzac history.
Mr Wheeler said it was the first
coin in the world in which technology
was used to imprint vibrant, high
resolution and durable colour to be
stamped on the coin once it was
While the coin was legal tender,
Mr Wheeler said many people might
“ When people pass on Anzac coins
to their children and grandchildren,
future generations will be reminded of
the strength of the Anzac spirit and
the men and women who ser ved and
continue to ser ve our country.”
Coin marks Anzac landing centenary
The Gallipoli campaign commemorative coin.
A search has been launched for tramper
missing in Marlborough.
Police said Edward Raniera Sims,
69, from Picton, went missing after
becoming separated from friends
while walking the Te Araroa Trail, a
continuous 3000km walking track from
Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Mr Sims, also known as Rani, was last
seen about 11.30am on Monday when
he had lunch on Rocks Ridge with two
other people. The group was intending to
reach Browning Hut by the end of the
day, and while the two men made it, Mr
Sims never arrived.
The pair went back to search for Mr
Sims and were unable to locate him,
Police said search teams from
Marlborough and Nelson would enter
the area today, in an effort to locate Mr
Mr Sims was described as Maori,
of solid build with grey hair. He was
believed to be well equipped and
experienced. — NZ ME
A review of security at the Ministry
of Social Development, prompted
by last year’s deadly shooting at the
Ashburton Work and Income office, has
found tighter security would not have
prevented the incident.
The review, released today, outlines
12 recommendations for security
improvement at the Ministry of Social
New Zealand police
commissioner Rob Robinson and
Deloitte New Zealand chairman Murray
Jack carried out the review after the
September 1 shooting.
Work and Income front counter
workers Peggy Noble, 67, and Leigh
Cleveland, 55, were killed in the incident.
Homeless man Russell John Tully is
facing murder charges over the pair’s
A third Winz worker, 43-year-old
Lindy Louise Curtis, was also shot and
badly injured in the incident.
Tully is facing an attempted murder
charge in relation to Ms Curtis’s injuries.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
An American tourist who was found
lying semi-conscious and injured in a
Queenstown alleyway on Friday has
Police have launched an investigation
into the 22-year-old’s death, detective
Lisa Watt, of Queenstown, said.
He was discovered beside the base
Backpackers in Shotover Street about
The man, who had been visiting from
Santa Barbara, was attended to by St
John and had suffered significant head
and back injuries, Ms Watt said.
He was flown to Dunedin Hospital,
but died yesterday.
Initial indications were that he might
have suffered a fall. However, police were
investigating the exact circumstances, on
behalf of the coroner, Ms Watt said.
The death has been referred to the
The man’s name would be released once
his next of kin were informed. — NZ ME
A bid to mine phosphate from the
seabed has been turned down by
the environmental watchdog.
The Environmental Protection
application from Chatham Rock
Phosphate saying that mining
would cause significant and
permanent adverse effects on
the existing environment on the
It undertook a two-month public
hearing late last year for the marine
consent and the committee decided
stony corals in the area were
potentially unique to the Chatham
Rise and were considered rare and
The authority’s general manager
applications and assessment Sarah
Gardner said the committee was
required by the legislation to
favour caution and environmental
protection when making its
decision after a lack of certainty in
“The destructive effects of the
extraction process, coupled with
the potentially significant impact
of the deposition of sediment on
areas adjacent to the mining blocks
and on the wider marine ecosystem,
could not be mitigated by any set of
conditions or adaptive management
regime that might be reasonably
imposed,” she said.
Chatham Rock managing director
Chris Castle said the company was
“aghast ” at the decision after it had
invested $33 million over seven
years in the project and it was a
“seriously negative” signal for New
Mr Castle has argued that a
local source of rock phosphate
would replace billions of dollars
of the fertiliser chemical imported
from North Africa, providing
an economic boost to New
Zealand and producing enough to
contemplate an export industry.
Chatham Rock has 15 days to
lodge an appeal in the High Court.
disappointed is an understatement.
We are aghast,” Mr Castle said.
The company has not decided on
its next step. Shares of Chatham
Rock tumbled 95% to 1c from 20c
yesterday, valuing the company at
$2.1m. — N ZN
Seabed phosphate mining bid turned down
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