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Injured pedestrian dies
A man who came to visit family
in New Zealand has died after a
car hit him and his wife earlier this
week. Jie Zheng Chen, 70, a visitor
from Guangzhou in China, arrived
in Auckland on January 19 to visit
family. He was travelling with his
wife, who is still in hospital. The
couple were hit near Auckland’s
Royal Oak roundabout on Monday.
Police were investigating. — N ZM E
Scooter crash claims life
A woman died after crashing her
scooter into a tree in Northland
yesterday. The incident happened
about at Omapere, 60km south-west
of Kaikohe, about 9.30am, police said.
Police would not be releasing the
name of the woman until her next of
kin had been notified. — NZ ME
Crash victim named
Police have named the victim of
a fatal car crash on McEntee Road,
Waitakere, on Sunday afternoon as
33-year-old Gene Aaron Glenn, of
Henderson. Mr Glenn was the sole
occupant of a Mitsubishi Libero car
that flipped after hitting a bank on
a downhill section near a t-junction
with Kay Road. Police were still
investigating the crash.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Perth homicide probe
Perth police have launched a
homicide investigation into the death
of a 40-year-old Auckland man in a
lane yesterday. Daniel Joseph Hewitt,
40, was found about 6am in Butler,
an outer suburb of Perth. Mr Hewitt
had been living in Butler for about
10 years. His home backed on to the
lane where his body was found. Perth
Now reported police were treating
Mr Hewitt’s death as suspicious.
There were no obvious signs of injury.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Chase ends on beach
A man is in custody following
a police chase that ended on a
Wellington beach. Inspector John
Spence said about 5.25am today,
a stolen Toyota Surf vehicle was
spotted by police in Paekakariki. The
vehicle failed to stop for police and
then drove through Haywards Hill
Road, before it made a u-turn and
headed back towards Paraparaumu.
“Spikes were deployed and it went
through the spikes, which deflated
three of the tyres,” Mr Spence said.
The chase continued at slow to
medium speed through Raumati, on
to Paraparaumu beach. The driver
continued along the beach until he
finally stopped and tried to escape on
foot. He was caught soon after by a
police dog handler, Mr Spence said.
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Mark Lundy’s brother said the double-
murder accused confided in him, in the
days after his wife and daughter were
found dead, about using prostitutes in
Lundy was not arrested immediately
after Christine and seven-year-old
Amber were found bludgeoned to death
in their Palmerston North home, as
police gathered evidence.
His brother Craig told the High Court
at Wellington the defendant made a
series of “spontaneous” disclosures four
days after the killings.
“He told us that he had got a bottle
of rum and drunk about half the bottle.
He was celebrating; I assumed it was a
work-related thing,” Mr Lundy said.
“Later that night he had called a
prostitute and had used one on four
occasions prior to that. ”
Lundy called the visit from the hooker
“a c ashie”.
The witness said he had no idea about
However, he had heard about issues
with the Lundys’ physical relationship.
“ He mentioned that once they
found out they couldn’t have children,
Christine went off sex and it was up to
three months without having sex,” he
On the same day, Lundy informed
his brother he had “bumped up” his
and his wife’s life insurance policy from
$200,000 to $500,000 in the weeks
before the deaths.
He was concerned it would not take
effect because he had not paid any
premium but the witness reassured him
if he had signed, it would be processed.
Lundy was also under the impression
the life insurance would see his mortgage
Earlier, Mrs Lundy’s brother Clive
Weggery told the court he had never
seen a tomahawk or small axe among
the defendant ’s tools.
Lundy’s lawyer David Hislop, QC,
suggested there may have been tools left
in the house at the time of the killings
because the defendant was redecorating
one of the rooms.
But Mr Weggery was adamant all tools
would have been returned to the garage
once the job was finished.
Earlier, the court heard Lundy talked
about bankruptcy and told friends his
wife was not sleeping in the weeks
leading up to the alleged murder.
The Crown says Lundy was under
severe financial pressure over a Hawke’s
Bay winery investment and hacked to
death his wife and daughter on August
Mrs Lundy’s sister-in-law Maria
Norrelle said the defendant had been
trying to secure investment in his
vineyard venture but people — including
an uncle in Q ueensland — had pulled
“The last time I remember it being
discussed was late at night. Mark
mentioned that Christine wasn’t
sleeping well but he wasn’t worried
about it,” Ms Norrelle said.
“He used the word bankrupt. ”
The witness said Lundy was “extremely
optimistic” about the venture but would
not discuss it in front of his wife.
There was also discussion in court of
Lundy’s drinking habits.
“ We had a couple of conversations
which was unusual for Christine to
talk to me. She wanted to change their
lifestyle,” Ms Norrelle said.
“She was concerned about the cost
of partying and the influence it would
have on Amber. She had said she wanted
Mark to give up drinking for three
months to see if he could.”
A silver bracelet was found in Lundy’s
car when police searched it but no
witnesses so far have recognised it as
belonging to Mrs Lundy or Amber.
Ms Norrelle said after the alleged
murders she and her husband were
chatting with the defendant.
“He said that bracelet was found in
the car and he believed it had fallen out
of Christine’s handbag when they went
to a conference in Hamilton the week
before,” she said. — NZ ME
Lundy worried about insurance—brother
One of three young girls who
were injured after being hit by
a car as they walked to school
yesterday morning is back at
The girls — sisters aged five and
10, and a five-year-old friend —
were crossing Great South Road
near the traffic light intersection
at Station Road when they were
struck by a car about 8.45am.
It is believed they darted out
between cars stopped at the
traffic lights, and were struck by
a car turning on to Great South
All three were taken to Kidz
First Children’s Hospital at
Middlemore Hospital, two in a
serious condition, and one in a
This morning, a spokeswoman
for the hospital said one the of
girls had been discharged.
The other two girls remain in
hospital, one in Kidz First, while
the other has been transferred
to Starship Children’s Hospital.
They were both in a stable
condition, the spokeswoman said.
Yesterday, sergeant Matt Child
said the children were crossing
the road about two cars back
from the pedestrian crossing, and
walked in front of a stationary
truck that was waiting in the
right-hand lane. As the traffic
light turned green, a car turned
left and hit the youngsters as
they emerged from in front of the
truck. — NZ ME
New Zealand Post will decrease
deliveries of post to three days
per week from July, costing 400
posties their job.
A change to the standard mail
delivery was announced by NZ
Post ’s mail and communications
chief operating officer Ashley
Mr Smout said the decrease to
every second day would be rolled
out in urban areas from July and
in smaller centres over the next
About 300 jobs would be lost
on July 1 when the change begins,
and 100 more were expected to
go as the delivery change is rolled
out across the rest of the country.
These job losses would be part
of the 1500 to 2000 front-line
and back-office job losses across
the business announced in 2013.
A NZ Post spokeswoman said
talks had started with affected
“ We know this will be a stressful
time for them and we will
support them through our Future
Zone programme, which has
been designed and resourced to
help people with career changes.”
Mr Smout said delivery targets
would still be met for standard
“ We’re confident customers will
see very little, if any, difference
in the ser vices they receive from
New Zealand Post as a result of
these delivery changes. This is a
priority for us,” Mr Smout said.
“O ur target of 95% of standard
mail delivered within three
working days remains, just as it
is now. Six-day-a -week deliveries
will continue for priority mail
and courier parcels, so people
should still check for mail every
Alternate delivery days will
be tested in parts of Auckland
centred around Ellerslie to fine-
tune the changes before the July
Priority mail and rural deliveries
would remain largely unchanged,
Mr Smout said.
The Postal Workers’ Union
described the changes as a “money
grab” by the Government.
“ While the union realises
changes are being forced by
declining mail volumes, New
Zealand Post is restructuring its
operations to maximise profit
at the expense of ser vice to
householders and businesses,”
Mr Clarke said.
He said a reduction of the
mail delivery ser vice by the
government was “encouraging
A pilot project of electric
vehicles to deliver mail would be
carried out in New Plymouth,
which drew criticism from
the EPMU, which said would
make former employees become
Michael Barnett said the change
would not have a significant
affect on businesses.
“ I really can’t see any downside
for businesses for what ’s going to
happen,” he said.
Mr Barnett said businesses
small and large were conducting
most of their communications
and billing digitally.
“The practices of business has
changed dramatically over the
last decade,” he said.
He said he thought all business
owners would be fluent with
simple technology like Microsoft
Word and e-mail, but slow
adapters may need to look to get
up to speed.
“ I would have thought most
businesses are competent in
those areas now and would be
using them,” Mr Barnett said.
“ You can understand why
there’s been a huge reduction
for the need of hard copy
Senior Net executive officer
Grant Sidaway said the decrease
in mail deliveries would be “one of
many things” that were changing
in society and encouraging older
people to get up to date with
He said the increase in people
wanting to get up to speed with
doing things on-line had been
noticeable in recent years.
“ In the past four to five years
it ’s been pretty evident that those
who hadn’t learnt earlier on are
really keen to find alternative
ways in transacting.” — NZME
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The Automobile Association has
advised against a driving test for tourists
at the border, saying small changes to
highways in tourist hotspots would be
far more effective.
The AA made a submission
at Parliament yesterday
31,250-signature petition calling for
tourists to be required to sit a practical
test before driving in New Zealand.
The petition was created by two
South Canterbury boys Sean and Cody
Roberts after their father Grant was
killed by a foreign driver.
AA motoring affairs spokesman Mike
Noon told a Parliamentary committee
that tourists were not over-represented
in fatal crash statistics, and a driving test
would not cut the rate of crashes caused
He said 2.9% of drivers involved in
fatal crashes and 3.9% of motorists
involved in serious crashes in 2013 were
driving on an overseas licence.
The rate of fatal crashes involving
foreign drivers appeared to be steady
despite growth in tourism numbers.
“So the real point I want to make is
the vast majority of visitors drive safely
while they ’re in New Zealand,” Mr
The AA noted the data had some
limitations because it did not take into
account the distances tourists travelled
while they were here.
Policy and research manager Simon
Douglas said a practical or theory test at
the border was not pragmatic and would
not make a difference.
He said transport officials should
instead focus on making changes to
roads which had a large amount of
tourism traffic, such as State highway 94
near Milford Sound.
New Zealand Transport Agency data
showed crashes involving visiting drivers
often came after the motorists crossed
the centre line or failed to keep left, or
slid on the gravel shoulder of a highway.
Mr Douglas said these risks could
be minimised by increasing the use of
rumble strips (raised bumps on the side
of the road), directional arrows on each
side of the road, and median barriers.
He said these were low-cost, practical,
measures which could be implemented
immediately. The AA made several
further recommendations. It believed
electronic stability control should
gradually be made compulsory in rental
car fleets, and tourists should be advised
to rent the safest car they can afford.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
AA advises against tourist driving test at border
A High Court child-abuse trial
was aborted when it was revealed
Child, Youth and Family had
failed to hand over 300 pages
of documents to the police
Justice Paul Heath apologised
to the jurors when he discharged
them — after the case had
been running for three days
following inquiries by the
defendant ’s lawyer that brought
the existence of the files to light.
A second trial for the 61-year-
old man, who has been charged
with 42 counts of physical and
sexual abuse of two girls in his
care between 1994 and 2003, is
unlikely to be heard this year.
The delay will be “heinous” for
the two complainants, says a sex
abuse advocate, and the discovery
of new documents means the
police will need to inter view
Justice Heath has ordered
lawyers for CYF to explain by
today the failure to disclose
relevant material and in particular
whether any documents were
In discharging the jurors on
Wednesday, the judge said the
12 men and women deser ved an
“It became apparent that the
disclosure was incomplete to the
extent that there was something
in the order of 300 relevant
documents that came to light,”
Justice Heath said.
“I can tell you that there are
quite a few documents that
are very relevant to fair-trial
considerations, and that arises
not only from the point of view
of the defence but also from the
point of view of the Crown. ”
For those reasons, Justice Heath
said, the trial could not go ahead
“ You will appreciate that I
have made some rather pointed
comments about what has
happened and the reasons for the
delay. I am going to follow those
up further,” Justice Heath told
“But that has all meant that
your time has been wasted in
terms of coming along. I am very
sorry for that. That should not
Suppression orders mean the
defendant cannot be identified
and the new evidence found
in the documents cannot be
There will be a disclosure
hearing in the High Court next
Justice Heath “emphasised
the need for candour” by
CYF in disclosing all relevant
information and to respond
properly to questions from police
and defence counsel.
The defendant ’s
Matthew Goodwin, said the
apparent only once the CYF
witnesses attended the trial in
answer to the summonses ser ved
on them by the defence.
“ Justice delayed is upsetting
to the parties involved and
squanders precious legal and
juror resources. ”
chief legal adviser to CYF ’s
parent agency, the Ministry
of Social Development, said
the circumstances that led to
inadvertently not being provided
to the police” will be provided to
the court as requested.
“The ministry is committed to
providing all relevant information
as requested by police and the
courts and we are looking into
why this did not happen in this
“As the matter is still ongoing
before the court, it would be
inappropriate for us to comment
Louise Nicholas, an advocate
for sexual abuse sur vivors, said the
likely year-long delay would be
“ heinous” for the complainants.
“The courage it’s taken for those
women to come for ward, go
through the police investigation,
then the start of the court process,
is huge,” Mrs Nicholas, whose
own complaint of sex abuse led
to a commission of inquiry into
police sexual conduct, said.
“ Now they ’ve been told to stop
the trial, put their lives on hold
again, all because someone didn’t
do their job. Once again, it ’s a
Social Development Minister
Anne Tolley declined to
comment on the issue because it
was an operational matter.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A truck driver feared someone could
be killed in a horrific crash at East Taieri
Two men were injured when a truck
crossed the centre-line and smashed into an
oncoming vehicle in the 60kph zone of State
highway 1 at East Taieri about 3.30pm, police
The victims’ families requested privacy last
A St John spokesman said one of the men
suffered serious injuries, the other moderate
A spokeswoman confirmed a Fifa under-20
tournament official — understood to be
World Cup Dunedin venue manager Aaron
Joy — and a volunteer were injured in the
crash and remained in Dunedin Hospital last
Police said the men’s injuries were not life-
The visibly shaken truck driver said at the
scene he was heading to Invercargill when the
He said he saw another vehicle stop on the
highway and “I just slammed the anchors on”.
“ I could have killed them. I could have
carried on and taken them out.”
He said his brakes locked up and he clipped
the large trailer of an oncoming truck,
sending a shower of glass from his side mirror
into his cab. His truck then hit the following
Fifa car. — Otago Daily Times
Truck driver tells of smash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters free the occupants of a Fifa vehicle, which was involved in a collision with a
truck at East Taieri yesterday.
A man has been charged with a
21-year old rape and kidnapping
The 48-year-old was charged
overnight in relation to a home
invasion and sexual violation of a
woman that allegedly occurred on
May 9, 1994 in the Christchurch
suburb of Bur wood.
He appeared from custody in
the Christchurch District Court
The man faces six charges,
including burglary while armed
with a knife, kidnapping, rape,
two counts of sexual violation,
and possession of a knife.
He was remanded in custody
without plea until February 23.
Judge Jane McMeeken granted
interim name suppression to
allow the man time to inform
family members of the charges.
Canterbury Police and Victim
Support are working with the
victim and investigations are
ongoing. — N ZME
Rape charge 21 years on
New speed camera in action
A third new-generation digital
speed camera was activated in
The fixed speed camera went
live in Otahuhu, Great South
Road, replacing an existing
camera at the site which used
The new cameras use a dual
radar system allowing them to
monitor up to six lanes of traffic
flowing in both directions.
Last June, police announced
that Auckland would receive six
of the first 12 next-generation
cameras being rolled
The $10m project will see 56
new digital cameras activated
across the country in sites
assessed as having a high risk of
The network is due to be fully
operational by April 2016.
The first camera became
operational in Ngauranga Gorge,
Wellington, in July 2014.
Inspector Alison Brand said
there had been 15 crashes in the
vicinity of the Great South Road
site in the past 10 years.
Although none had been fatal,
three were serious and 12 were
minor or non-injury crashes.
“This is a lower crash rate than
the other Auckland sites selected
for speed cameras, yet the road is
considered high risk due to the
high volume of traffic travelling
this road each day,” Ms Brand
“ I have no doubt this camera
has helped us to manage speed
on this road and reduce speed-
related crashes, and the upgraded
camera will continue to do so. ”
Wildlife killed by
purple dye spill
An Auckland company has been fined more
than $100,000 for turning a stream purple with
more than 1000 litres of dye, killing all resident
fish and eels in the process.
The spill, caused by freight for ward firm
Jenners Worldwide Freight, has been described
as Auckland’s most destructive freshwater and
marine pollution event in decades.
On July 1, 2013, Auckland Council’s pollution
hotline got a call from Villa Maria Winery
reporting that the Oruarangi Awa, a stream
near the Manukau Harbour in south Auckland,
was “turning purple”.
Council officers arrived at Jenners to be told
there had been a spill of methyl violet dye. It
was later found that a few days before, an
employee had stacked three bulk containers,
each containing 1000 litres of methyl violet
dye, on top of each other on a metal temporary
racking system near a stormwater catchpit.
When the stack toppled over, the dye spilled
into the catchpit and then into the Oruarangi
Stream and estuary.
Eventually, the dye travelled throughout 900m
of freshwater and inter-tidal zone, about 3.5km
of estuarine environment, and was still visible
several hundred metres into the harbour.
Court documents said the spill had a
“calamitous” effect on the awa, which had
previously supported a “healthy and abundant ”
freshwater fish and eel population, dominated
by short-fin eels and inanga as well as some
long-fin eels and banded kokopu.
Up to 400 eels may have died, along with just
under half of the mud snails and other species
in the estuary.
Images taken by council officers showed
dead eels that had turned purple and heavily-
coloured creek water.
The spill also drastically affected various
nearby oyster beds, killing many oysters, while
fishing was banned in the area for months.
The company was yesterday fined $103,000
and ordered to pay $25,000 costs after being
found guilty in the Auckland District Court.
“ It is a fundamental responsibility of any
person in any management position to
understand and appreciate the workplace risks
and the wider risks associated with any activities
that are conducted within the business which
they manage,” Judge Melanie Harland said in
“The failure by management to even appreciate
that there was a relevant rule in a plan that
applied to them was also remarkable.”
Auckland Council resource
compliance manager Stefan Naude said the
prosecution and the level of the fine made it clear
to business owners and managers that they must
find out what their obligations were under the
Resource Management Act and other relevant
regulations, and comply with those obligations.
“ In this case, if the container had been stored
in a secondary containment device, at minimal
cost, as required by the regulations, the discharge
of the dye could have been prevented,” Mr
The fine took into account the firm’s previous
good record, guilty plea and remorse.
Environmental Defence Society chairman
Gary Taylor called the spill a “high-end offence”
that caused long-term ecological harm.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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