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A 61-year-old Northland man
collapsed and died while surfcasting
on 90 Mile Beach on Sunday. The
Pukenui man was fishing with a
friend just south of Ngataki, about
53km north of Kaitaia, when he
collapsed at 6.30pm, Kaitaia police
acting senior sergeant Dean Gorrie
said. The man’s friend got him out
of the water and performed CPR on
him without success, Mr Gorrie said.
The dead man’s name has not yet
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Woman killed in smash
A 57-year-old woman was killed in
a crash on State highway 3 in south
Taranaki yesterday. The collision
involved two cars about 3km east
of Waitotara about 12.30pm. The
head-on smash was between a blue
westbound Mazda hatchback and a
white eastbound Nissan saloon. The
woman driving the Nissan died at
the scene and her 59-year-old male
passenger was flown to Taranaki
Base Hospital with moderate
injuries. A 55-year-old man, the only
occupant in the Mazda, was taken to
Whanganui Hospital in a moderate
condition suffering leg injuries.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Crash victims named
Two Korean nationals who died
after a two-car crash in Dunedin
on Friday night have been named.
Male passenger Jewon Yeon, 32,
died at the scene, at the intersection
of Blackhead Road, Tunnel Beach
Road and Green Island Bush Road.
Female driver Jiseon Jeon, 31, died
later in hospital. Both had been
living in the Waitaki district, police
said. The pair were in a hatchback
which police said appeared to have
been “ T-boned” by a four-wheel-
drive vehicle. — Otago Daily Times
A woman who did not surface
while crayfish diving has been
identified as a Thai national living
in New Zealand. Police today
confirmed a body recovered from
Motunau Beach, North Canterbury,
last Tuesday had been identified as
37-year-old Bua-Ngoen Thongsi.
Her death has been referred to the
coroner. — NZ ME
Car hits takeaway bar
A car bowled over the front
of a Chinese takeaway shop on
Auckland’s North Shore last evening.
Emergency ser vices were called to
the Eban Avenue shop in Hillcrest
about 5.45pm. A police spokesman
said the driver of the car, an elderly
man, suffered minor injuries.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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Head-on smash kills two Aust women
Social commentator Celia Lashlie has
died following her battle with cancer.
In a statement on her website this
morning, it was confirmed that Ms
Lashlie had passed away last night.
“It is with deep regret that Celia Lashlie
passed away at 11.40pm on February
16th from pancreatic cancer. Her sudden
departure was unexpected but her
passing was peaceful,” a statement on her
“Celia’s family is grateful for the love
and support expressed by thousands of
New Zealanders.” — NZME
(Earlier story, p6)
Celia Lashlie dies
Whanganui park last night.
Police said they had launched an
investigation after the body was found at
Te Mana Park by a member of the public
Officers guarded the scene overnight
and this morning police began a scene
Police said the man has not been
formally identified and at this stage the
death was being treated as unexplained.
A head-on crash this morning near
Thames is believed to have killed two
visiting Australian women.
Sergeant Dave Reid of the Waikato
district command centre said
emergency ser vices were called to the
intersection of State highway 25 and
Pipiroa Road, between Waitakaruru
and Kopu, about 7.45am.
“The serious crash unit is on site
and currently working to establish
the cause of what has occurred so it
would be premature to speculate at
“ What we do know is that a head-
on collision has occurred on State
highway 25 between a Thames-
bound Mazda Demio car and a
Volkswagen Passat heading north
away from Thames. ”
Mr Reid said the two female
occupants of the Mazda died in
the collision and work was under
way to confirm their identities and
“At this stage we are still trying to
confirm it but it appears both women
were Australian nationals.
“The sole occupant and female
driver of the Passat was freed by
firefighters and has been airlifted to
hospital by helicopter in a serious to
critical condition. ”
The busy rural highway links the
Coromandel to Auckland and was
expected to be closed for several
hours as investigators worked to
determine what caused the crash.
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The airgun shooting of a
Masterton rescue cat has left
pellets in its head and owner
Angela Speers heartbroken and
facing hefty vet bills.
Ms Speers, a Masterton solo
mother of three young boys,
said family and friends were
celebrating the third birthday of
her son Phillip on Sunday when
family cat Santa — adopted a
fortnight ago from the SPCA
Wairarapa — came staggering
home and bleeding from wounds
to its head and left eye.
The pure white four-year-old
had been kept housebound until
Wednesday, when she allowed it
outdoors to familiarise with its
new home and neighbourhood.
The family had lived in the
Cameron Crescent home
for almost three years and
the shooting of Santa was
bewildering and unexpected, she
“Wegot himasafamilycat and
wanted him to get used to his
new home comfortably and safely.
But then he went for a walk and
came back with terrible wounds,”
Ms Speers said.
“It totally wrecked my son’s
birthday — we were all crying —
and it ’s been another day of tears
after we woke up today, hoping
Santa doesn’t lose the sight in his
left eye. ”
Ms Speers said she realised
the veterinary bills would be a
struggle to pay, but she “told the
vet to do whatever was needed.
He’s more than just a cat, he’s
part of our family and he means
everything to us”.
She was anxious about
Santa coming back to the
neighbourhood without the
culprit being identified first, but
she was determined to give her
cat every chance to recover before
its return home.
“All I want is for him to come
home. I am scared it will happen
again, very scared actually, but
I’ll cross that bridge when I get
Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath, of
Vetcare Veterinary Hospital,
said Santa was the second shot
animal she had treated in the
past week after earlier removing
two large-calibre slugs from the
head of an older huntaway, which
she believes was the victim of a
botched attempt to put down the
She understood the 13-year-old
dog was from the Castlepoint
area and had been since handed
to the Wairarapa SPCA for
She said Santa was shot three
times, probably from close range,
and the pellets had remained
lodged in the animal’s head.
One of the slugs had smashed
through the cat ’s eye socket and
eye, putting his full sight in dire
“ We think he’s been blinded.
He’ ll have surgery to remove the
pellets and possibly his left eye as
well. He’s doing okay but I’m not
sure I can save the eye.”
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Cat sur vives three shots to head
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Dr Heidi Ward-McGrath of Vetcare Veterinary Hospital with Santa, a cat adopted from the SPCA that
was shot in the head three times.
Murder accused Mark
Lundy signed up to
$2 million of land for a
vineyard, despite having
between him and his
wife, the High Court in
Wellington has been told.
Lundy, 56, has pleaded
not guilty to murdering
his wife and daughter,
Christine and Amber
Lundy, whose bodies were
found in their Palmerston
North home on August 30, 2000. His
retrial, before Justice Simon France and
a jury of seven men and five women, is in
its second week.
The Crown contends he killed his
wife for her insurance money, and his
daughter because she saw what he was
doing to her mother.
Palmerston North lawyer Phillip
Sunderland today outlined Lundy’s
actions in buying two parcels of land in
Hawke’s Bay for a combined $2m. He
planned to establish a vineyard on it; the
land purchase and development would
be paid for by investors with a mix of
shares and mortgage bonds, Radio New
Mr Sunderland said he expressed
concern about the risk involved in an
unconditional agreement but that Mr
Lundy was concerned the vendors would
not sell to him if there were lengthy
conditions in the contract.
Mr Sunderland said there would have
been “relatively robust ” discussion about
the unconditional nature of the contract.
He was not aware of Lundy’s financial
position outside of what was in a
prospectus for potential investors in the
vineyard but under cross-examination
from the defence said he later became
aware the Lundys had a home worth
$115,000, which had a $96,000
mortgage on it.
Business development consultant
David Gaynor, who knew the Lundys
through Scouts and Guides and
mentored them in their business
dealings, told the court he rang Mrs
Lundy between two months and three
weeks before she died to warn her of the
risky nature of the vineyard proposal.
“ I encouraged her to have a conversation
with Mark. I said that the project was a
very big risk,” he told the court.
He told her during the 15-minute call
there was no way they would be able to
fund a project of that type.
“Christine said to me that she was very
concerned and that she was very worried
about the project and would have a
conversation with Mark about it.”
Today the court heard from Allan
Clarke, a viticulture expert who examined
the plots Lundy was interested in.
He said the costs for
setting up the 44ha land as
a vineyard would have been
about $32,000 per hectare,
plus infrastructure costs
that would have included
roads, sheds and power.
“At that time that would
have been quite a large
The court also heard
Jack, for accounting firm
McKenzie McPhail, who
said the company did some
work for Lundy, but he failed to pay any
The final invoice of $11,219 was
eventually written off, she said.
Yesterday, the court was told Lundy
signed up to buy 44ha of land to set up
a vineyard, with the contract due to go
unconditional before he had secured
The land comprised two parcels, one
owned by Chris Morrison, who wanted
$700,000, and the other by Doug Twigg,
who wanted $1.3m.
Landowner and vineyard-orchard
contractor Michael Porter put the
deal together and Mr Porter yesterday
told the court Lundy missed the first
settlement date in March, and then
Mr Morrison told Mr Porter in July he
had another buyer and that Lundy was
to be given until August 30 to pay up;
if he did not he would face a $100,000
penalty interest bill, as well as losing the
Mr Porter told Lundy in July of the
impending deadline, and then rang him
again on August 28 — two days before
it and two days before the bodies of Mrs
Lundy and Amber were found.
“That was when he said that ‘if you do
this, you realise you’re going to send me
bankrupt’,” Mr Porter said.
“ He was quite short with his words. He
wasn’t like he had been before. ”
However, Lundy remained optimistic
he had an investor and asked for a bit
Lundy had repeatedly spoken of
a British investor, whose £500,000
investment would save his vineyard; the
would-be investor was thinking more
along the lines of £3000, she told the
“ I enjoyed wine and I was interested in
seeing what the proposal was about,” the
woman, who has name suppression, said.
She was “mostly interested in the free
cases of wine” offered on the investment,
and was looking to invest about £3000.
Instead she received an e-mail directly
from Lundy outlining what the return
would be on £526,000 — the amount he
believed she had to invest.
The trial continues. — NZ N
A man who beat a homeless man
to death during a brutal, hour-long
attack has been jailed for a minimum
of 15 years — narrowly missing out
on becoming the first person to be
jailed for life without parole.
Justin Vance Turner, 29, pleaded
guilty to the murder of 49-year-old
Maqbool Hussain in October in the
High Court at Auckland.
Court documents detail a horrific,
prolonged attack on the victim,
during which he viciously assaulted
the victim in a variety of ways while
he was on bail for other offending.
Today Crown prosecutor Brett
Tantrum urged Justice Mark
Woolford to jail him for life without
the prospect of parole as was dictated
by the Sentencing and Parole Reform
Act with this being the defendant ’s
Turner was jailed for more than
three years and given a first strike
warning in 2011 after attacking a
female acquaintance and causing her
traumatic brain injuries.
Mr Tantrum pointed to a
psychological report which “perhaps
alarmingly” scored Turner’s risk of
reoffending as 19/20 on one test and
10/10 on another.
Ian Goodwin’s report said the
combination of a severe personality
disorder and substance abuse issues
meant he “could not describe the risk
of reoffending as anything other than
‘extremely high’. ”
But Turner’s lawyer Louise Freyer
said it would be manifestly unjust if
her client was ordered to stay in jail
for the rest of his natural life, which
she estimated would be 45 to 55
“Mr Turner’s offending, bad as it
was, is not the worst murder. The
aggravating factors that one might
expect in the worst are simply
missing,” she said.
Her opinion was backed by
Turner ’s father who outlined his son’s
dysfunctional upbringing and made
an impassioned and tearful plea to
the court for “mercy”.
defendant ’s psychological issues and
the opportunities for rehabilitation
meant that it would be unfair to
lock him up without the chance of
Turner went on the run after police
launched an investigation into the
death of the man, who was found
in a storage area behind shops in
Balmoral on March 22 last year.
During a police inter view in April,
the defendant told officers he “sort of
had a hatred” for the victim because
of the man’s lifestyle.
On the day of the attack he planned
to rob Mr Hussain of money and
cigarettes but what resulted was a
Turner said he punched the man
up to half an hour while demanding
“ Why don’t you just hurry up and
kill me?” he claimed Mr Hussain said.
He also admitted trying to stab the
victim with a nail file but it snapped.
The assault continued as Turner
dragged the victim to the floor and
began stomping on his head as he lay
“He stomped on him with enough
force for his head to be bouncing off
the concrete,” a police summary of
“This went on for half an hour. ”
Turner left the bloodied corpse on
the ground and fled the scene.
However, he returned soon after and
inexplicably swapped Mr Hussain’s
pants with his own.
Turner was jailed for life with a
minimum non-parole period of 15
years. — NZME
15 years for beating homeless man to death
Fugitive pair arrested in Sydney
A fugitive couple who have evaded
New Zealand police for 10 months
have been arrested in Australia
after allegedly crossing the Tasman
on a stolen yacht.
Paul Bennett and Simone Wright
have been evading police since May
2014 and on the run since an arrest
warrant was issued for Bennett in
relation to a sex attack in Auckland
and fraud allegations.
The couple were seen in
Whangarei before a yacht moored
at Opua in the Bay of Islands
mysteriously disappeared about two
A New South Wales police
spokesman said the couple were
arrested yesterday on board a yacht
and held overnight.
“They ’re assisting with our
inquiries at this stage,” he said.
It was possible the pair would be
appearing in court some time today,
Mike Jacomb alleges the couple
defrauded him of $250,000. He
put up a $50,000 bounty for any
information that could assist police
in capturing them.
Today he said he was “thrilled”
with news of the arrest.
He said he was confident the pair
would be brought back to New
Zealand to face justice.
“They never cleared New Zealand
Customs, so it’s not an extremely
difficult extradition, it’s only a
matter of bringing them back here
now. They ’ve got a lot to answer for.
“ It ’s taken 10 months of hard
work. We persevered and persevered
and I’m ecstatic.”
Mr Jacomb said he had spent
five or six hours a day on the hunt
for the couple, and spent his own
money to assist the search.
Police said today it was too early
to comment on whether Bennett
and Wright would be extradited to
New Zealand or what charges, if
any, would be laid in Australia.
The stolen yacht Harlech the
fugitives are alleged to have fled the
country on belonged to Whangarei
couple Steve and Carol Holland.
Mr Holland told the Northern
Advocate he was pleased that it
had been found. He did not want
to comment further until he had
spoken to police.
It is understood the yacht has a
This month the Otago Daily
Times reported the couple had
been sighted in Dunedin after
selling a distinctive BMW to a car
dealer last year. — N Z ME
Simone Anne Wright and Paul James Bennett
The stolen yacht Harlech
A Hamilton man has admitted the
murder of his eight-month-old son.
Charlie Lackner, 33, made a brief
appearance in the High Court at
Hamilton this morning where he
changed his plea to guilty.
Lackner had been fighting the charge
since his arrest for the murder of his
eight-month-old son, Cassius Takiari,
who died in Auckland’s Starship
Hospital on June 16 last year.
Cassius had been admitted to hospital
with critical head injuries.
Lackner’s lawyer, Charles Bean,
confirmed this morning that his client
had pleaded guilty and will be sentenced
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The man charged with Saturday ’s
murder on the Kapiti Coast has appeared
Catherine Stewart, 56, was found dead
at her Otaihanga home on Valentine’s
Police say it was obvious she had
suffered a violent death.
A 29-year-old man, known to the
victim, appeared in the Porirua District
Court yesterday charged with murder.
At another hearing in the afternoon,
Judge John Walker made an interim
name suppression order until the man’s
next court appearance on March 9.
The 29 year-old man was not present at
the afternoon hearing, being in custody.
He will remain in custody until his
next appearance, at the High Court at
Wellington. — NZ ME
Two men used lifejackets and a chilly
bin to help them swim 2km to shore
when their dinghy sank off Papamoa
Beach last night.
Police said the pair, both 39, from
Tauranga and Mount Maunganui were
in the water for about three hours before
they reached land.
They were fishing off Papamoa
Beach when a wave swamped their 3m
aluminum dinghy and it sank about
Police said both were wearing
lifejackets and they used a chilly bin to
swim to shore.
“This is the best outcome of a bad
senior sergeant Glenn
“The wearing of lifejackets by these
two men certainly avoided a tragedy
vindicating the safe boating message of
wearing lifejackets at all times.”
Sea conditions at the time were slight
to moderate, police said.
Although cold after their time in the
water, neither man required medical
attention and they were both looking
for ward to a hot shower. — NZ ME
Devonport ’s Seabus Kea ferry
crunched into the suburb’s wharf today,
injuring several people including a
woman who was treated for a head
“There was a big crunch and all the
seats went flying for ward,” a passenger
said minutes after the crash, about
“ It went hard to the right of where it
normally goes and smashed into a part
of the wharf opposite,” the passenger
said, adding that he was in a rear seat
which was one of only a few to remain
He said several other passengers
received minor injuries such as bruising
but the woman had blood streaming
down her shirt from the back of her
head, and was surrounded by people
trying to staunch the wound.
The passenger, who did not want to
be named, said the impact had taken a
chunk out of the bow of the ferry.
He estimated about 40 to 60 people
were on board at the time, most of whom
had dispersed by the time an ambulance
and fire engine arrived.
Another Devonport resident, who
was not on board, was shocked to hear
of the setback to what she said was the
community’s favourite ferry.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Auckland ferry hits wharf
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