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Drowned kayaker named
Police have named the kayaker who
drowned on Friday while kayaking
at Te Waewae Bay, near Tuatapere,
as Paul Henry John Horrell. Acting
Senior Sergeant Ian Temple said
the 51-year-old, from Arrowtown,
was an experienced kayaker and was
wearing a lifejacket.
— Otago Daily Times
A nurse was stabbed while visiting
a mental health patient in south
Auckland on Saturday. The two
nurses were conducting a routine
home visit in Otahuhu about 7.40pm
when the attack occurred, Counties
Manukau DHB spokeswoman
Lauren Young said. The patient
unexpectedly turned and became
aggressive. The nurse was discharged
yesterday. The 25-year-old patient
was arrested and taken into custody
by Counties Manukau police. He will
be appear in the Manukau District
Court today. — NZME
Honeymooners in crash
A woman, believed to be on her
honeymoon, is in a stable condition
in D unedin Hospital following
a car crash near Tarras on Friday.
The 32-year-old was a passenger
in a car which crashed into a rock
bank and rolled on State highway
8, north of Cromwell. Both she
and the 34-year-old male driver
were flown to hospital. The man
received minor injuries and had
since been discharged from hospital,
acting sergeant Paddy Henderson,
of Cromwell, said yesterday. He
believed the Taiwanese couple were
newlyweds, on their honeymoon. The
woman received injuries to her face
and hands and was expected to be in
hospital for up to a week, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Lotto prize shared
Three tickets, sold in Christchurch,
Drury and Birkenhead, won their
holders $333,333 each in division
one of Lotto draw No 1446 on
Saturday. Successful numbers were
6, 18, 21, 26, 31, 39; bonus 23.
Strike numbers were 21, 18, 26, 6.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 6. There was no
division one winner. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Te Aroha.
The winner from Tokoroa spun for
Numbers in Keno draw No 10852:
49, 50, 58, 69, 72, 74, 78, 79. Draw No
10853: 16, 20, 24, 30, 34, 37, 39, 40, 44,
45, 47, 48, 58, 59, 62, 63, 68, 73, 74, 75.
Draw No 10854: 1, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 18,
31, 36, 37, 44, 49, 52, 54, 58, 60, 61, 69,
77, 79. Draw No 10855: 7, 10, 16, 18,
22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 44, 48, 50, 62, 63, 68,
70, 71, 72, 73, 78. Draw No 10856: 5,
11, 12, 16, 19, 20, 22, 29, 30, 35, 46, 49,
55, 57, 65, 67, 68, 73, 75, 80. Draw No
10857: 7, 9, 15, 20, 24, 34, 36, 39, 40,
42, 47, 48, 49, 52, 59, 64, 65, 68, 69, 72.
Draw No 10858: 3, 7, 8, 12, 15, 16, 30,
34, 38, 42, 44, 54, 56, 59, 62, 63, 72, 75,
78, 79. Draw No 10859: 2, 4, 5, 6, 15,
24, 28, 34, 40, 41, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, 50,
54, 64, 69, 71.
No ‘do nothing’ option on IS: Key
A body has been found at Auckland’s
Okahu Bay this morning.
Police were called to the scene about
10am after a member of the public made
A spokesman for the northern police
communications centre said the body
was believed to be that of a female, but
he could not give an estimate of her age.
He said the circumstances surrounding
the woman’s death were not yet known.
Police said there were no forms of
identification on the woman and initial
checks have not revealed any recent
reports of a missing person that fit her
description. — N ZM E
Body washed up
A former cleaner says just days before
Mark Lundy’s wife and daughter were
found murdered the air was tense in the
Rowena Collett was a cleaner for the
Lundy family for about three years, and
would clean once a week, on either a
Monday or Tuesday between 10am and
Earlier today Ms Collett told the court
she had last cleaned the Lundy’s house
on Monday August 28, 2000 — two
days before Christine Lundy, 38, and
her seven-year-old daughter Amber
were found bludgeoned to death by a
tomahawk or similar weapon.
Lundy has pleaded not guilty to the
charges in the High Court at Wellington.
Ms Collett this morning told the
court things felt “tense” in the Lundy
household on August 28, 2000.
“I felt tension in the air,” Ms Collett
She later said that on that day she felt as
though she had interrupted something.
Ms Collett told the court that
throughout the time she cleaned the
family’s home she dealt mainly with
Mrs Lundy, and did not have much of a
relationship with the accused.
However, there were two occasions
where she had helped Lundy fold
pamphlets for his vineyard venture, in
addition to her cleaning work.
Ms Collett said Lundy did not seem to
be bothered if his wine venture did not
When asked by defence lawyer David
Hislop if she had once described Lundy
as a “gentle giant ”, Ms Collett agreed.
She also agreed that Mrs Lundy wore
the “trousers” when it came to her
relationship with her husband.
Ms Collett later told the court this was
because Mrs Lundy was her boss, and
because she came across as the “more
organised” of the pair.
The trial in front of Justice Simon
France and a jury of five women and
seven men is set down for nine weeks.
New Zealand does not have a
“realistic option of doing nothing” in
the fight against Isis, Prime Minister
John Key says, in advance of a cabinet
meeting to decide on whether to
send New Zealand troops to Iraq to
join forces against the Islamic terror
Cabinet is meeting today to decide
on the controversial issue, one which
has split Parliament, with even some
of Mr Key ’s allies vehemently opposed
to inter vening in the Middle East.
The Prime Minister has become
increasingly vocal about his belief of
the nation’s need to inter vene, and
today said he did not believe doing
nothing was a realistic option.
Speaking on Newstalk ZB this
morning, Mr Key said he believed the
public were “by a majority in favour”
of deploying troops to join the fight,
because of the increasing brutality of
Isis’s violent actions.
“O bviously there are a number of
people opposed, so it ’s not a slam
dunk, but every poll I’ve ever seen
. . . show a majority in favour,” he said.
“I think what the public are
responding to, is they’re saying the
same thing I’m saying, ‘ Well these
people are grotesque and they ’re
brutal’, and we really, I don’t think,
have a realistic option of saying
(and) doing nothing. So the question
becomes, ‘Okay, well what do you
do’ because 60 countries are doing
“ I think also New Zealanders are
prolific travellers, these guys are
using the internet to tap into people
locally, we travel in the region,
we’ve more often than not been the
victims, unfortunately, in previous
terrorist attacks, so I think people can
understand what ’s going on.”
Cabinet had “a lot to consider”, but
“for the most part ” the complexities
around the issue had been sorted out.
“There are some very, very minor
things, I think, to tidy up, but for
the most part I think we’ve got the
answers we need.”
If cabinet votes in favour of
sending troops to Iraq, there was
“a risk” lives could be lost, Mr Key
“On the basis that if we were to
send people, I think you have to
accept it ’s a high risk environment, so
there is a risk (that lives will be lost),
I don’t think you can say that there’s
absolutely no risk.
“ But on the other side of the coin,
I think the way to look at that is,
‘do we run the risk of losing lives of
New Zealanders on the basis that Isis
becomes stronger?’ and the answer, I
believe, to that is ‘yes’. ”
Mr Key said any decision on whether
to send the New Zealand Defence
Force to the Middle East would not
be announced until tomorrow.
He would not be drawn on possible
dates for deployment of troops, or a
possible return date, if cabinet does
give the green light. — N Z ME
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Six children were taken to
hospital after an 8m tall inflatable
slide, touted as “the world’s tallest
in New Zealand”, abruptly tipped
on its side at the Masterton A
and P Show just after 1pm on
Tracey Smith, the parent of one
of the injured, said “she couldn’t
believe it” when she ran to the
collapsed slide to discover “bodies
lying on the ground — including
my daughter ”.
Those who saw the collapse said
it happened suddenly and without
warning, with some claiming
there were too many children at
the top, all on one side.
The slide swiftly righted itself
once everyone had fallen off.
The ride was closed, with two
ambulances taking six children to
Ms Smith said it was “horrific”.
“ My child just fell 8m,” she said.
“I’ve been told there were some
spinal injuries — thank God she
wasn’t one of them.
“ You would think it was safe,
with all the health and safety
Her daughter, Amelia Peck from
Ashhurst, was discharged from
Wairarapa Hospital after two
hours with a sprained knee, and
was back at the showground on
It was later confirmed all six
of the injured children had been
discharged from hospital by late
Saturday, and that injuries had
been largely restricted to cuts and
Ms Smith said the slide had
“ just started collapsing”.
Amelia, who was part-way up
the climbing side, fell on to a
tent beside the slide, then to the
ground: “I was probably the first
one to land. I was in tears, my
knee was real sore.”
Caleb Larsen, 14, of Masterton,
was about to get on to the slide
when it started tipping.
“The whole thing caved in.
There were eight people on that
side, more people on top. They
were all screaming.
“A mate of mine had his nose
smashed, he was trying to save
the little kids.”
The owner of the slide, who
would only identify himself as
Eric, refused to comment until
he had spoken to Work Safe
NZ, which is investigating the
“ Most of us have kids ourselves
— w e’re pretty concerned.”
Work Safe inspector Mark
Donaghue was on the scene, but
said a formal process would be
undertaken and it was too early to
make an assessment.
A sign at the start of the slide
says: “ We make it as safe as
humanly possible but you ride
this entirely at your own risk. ”
Solway Showgrounds site
manager Ally O’Neill said he
was “very concerned about
the children” but would not
make further comment “until
the investigation has been
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Children hur t in slide fall
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Five children taken to hospital after the Mammoth Slide collapsed at the Masterton Trust House
A and P Show at the Solway Showgrounds in Masterton. Amelia Peck, 12, of Ashburton, one of the
victims, looks at the slide after being released from Masterton Hospital.
over tourist toll
Government inaction has been blamed
for “driving the tourist road toll” up,
following two crashes involving Chinese
visitors over the weekend, including one
which claimed a child’s life.
The five-year-old girl died following
a head-on collision between a ute and a
station wagon on State highway 1, north
of the Moeraki turn-off, on Saturday
Two British tourists were seriously
injured following another head-on crash
near Arrowtown on Saturday.
Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car
blamed the collisions on Government
inaction. He also called for more median
barriers, competency tests for foreign
drivers and a stand-down period for
visitors arriving from long-haul flights.
“ Many of the worst accidents in the
last few months could have been easily
prevented if the Government had acted,”
“The Government is pretending to
address the problem with its visiting
drivers signature project. In reality,
however, most of the Government ’s
strategies aren’t working and won’t work.
It ’s time for action.”
Officials were “doing little more than
handing out stickers saying ‘drive safely’.”
The lack of action was “shameful”.
Mr Matthew-Wilson called for
median barriers to be installed on the
nation’s highways, and in particular on
“There is no question that centre
median barriers prevent exactly the sort
of head-on collision that tourists are
frequently involved in,” he said.
“ Yet these vital safety features, which
cost very little, are missing from some of
the most dangerous roads in the country.
“ We also need to make it harder for
bad drivers to get behind the wheel of
Tourists arriving into New Zealand
should have to sit an competency test
before renting a car, and those arriving
from a long-haul flight should not be
allowed to drive for 24 hours, he said.
“ Driving tired is as dangerous as
driving drunk. Rental car firms would
not be allowed to rent a car to a drunk
driver, but are allowed to rent a car to
a traveller who’s liable to fall asleep and
kill someone. This is just wrong. ”
A simple, computer-based competency
test would also help assess whether
people were qualified to get behind the
wheel, he said.
A 34-year-old Chinese tourist will
appear in the Q ueenstown District
Court today on three charges of careless
driving causing injury after a crash near
Arrowtown on Saturday.
Two British tourists were seriously
injured in the head-on crash and were
flown by helicopter to D unedin and
Comment is being sought from the
New Zealand Transport Agency.
The identity of a Chinese tourist
charged with dangerous driving causing
the death of a five-year-old Oamaru girl
on Saturday has been suppressed because
of concerns for the man’s safety.
The lawyer for the 32-year-old Beijing
resident applied for interim name
suppression and a ban on publication of
any photographs of the defendant before
his next appearance in the D unedin
Michael Kan of Auckland told Justice
of the Peace Ashley Broad today that the
defendant was aware he was accused of
causing the death of a five-year-old girl
and was very concerned about his own
Prosecutor Adrian Cheyne did not
oppose bail being granted until the
defendant ’s next appearance on March
13, but he asked for strict bail conditions.
The man is charged with one count
of dangerous driving causing death and
four counts of dangerous driving causing
injury. He entered no plea to any of the
charges and was remanded on bail to an
He must surrender his passport and
driver’s licence, is not allowed to drive
and must not try to leave New Zealand.
— Otago Daily Times
Crash driver fearful
Christchurch’s Botanic Gardens
yesterday for a public memorial
ser vice to mark the fourth
anniversary of the deadly Canterbury
earthquakes, which claimed 185 lives.
A minute’s silence was obser ved
at 12.51pm — the exact time the
quake struck on February 22, 2011
followed by the ringing of the
Peace Bell, which is made up of
melted down coins from each United
Nations member State.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel, who
attended a morning memorial ser vice
with family members of some of
those who died, said the quake was
“ just like it was yesterday ” for some.
“For others it feels like a very long
time. I myself can’t believe it ’s been
four years since that fateful day. ”
Ms Dalziel told the crowd it must
be remembered many people were
still facing an uphill battle.
“ For some it is unanswered
questions about what happened on
that day, or the lack of resolution on
of power or control over what has
Associate Minister for Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Nicky Wagner
also addressed the memorial.
“On this special day, we remember
those who have passed on, those who
were injured and every single person
who was touched by the earthquakes
in our city.
“And we celebrate the love and the
strength of our community and we
look for ward to working together as
we create the future that we all want
for Christchurch and for Canterbury.”
The names of all the dead were read
out during the hour-long ser vice,
which finished with official guests
laying wreaths at the temporary
“River of flowers” commemoration
sites were open all day along the
Avon and Heathcote rivers and at
the estuary. People could cast flowers
into the water and write messages on
a tree of hope.
The central city was all but levelled
in the 6.3 magnitude quake — and
some families were revisiting the
day ’s events to mark the anniversary.
Resident Tim Dyer sought refuge
with friends and family on the
night of the quake, and large group
decided to move in together for the
Reliving it has become an annual
“ We don’t bring anything, you have
you can’t bring food or sleeping bags
or anything like that, you just turn
up and have to make do with what
A University of Canterbury
professor is encouraging people to
commemorate the anniversary of
the February 2011 earthquake by
reflecting on the tragedy.
Paul Millar said the university had
a massive collection of documents,
images, and data-sets available for
online viewing — each painting their
own picture of the devastation the
He said looking at them was a real
learning opportunity for people.
“ What would you do if you were in
a building that collapsed on you, or
you couldn’t live in your house any
more, or you lost your job?”
Labour leader Andrew Little, who
was in Christchurch during the 2011
quake, said while it was a time of
sadness, it was also a time of hope
“The February 22 earthquake
changed the lives of many
“Labour acknowledges those still
grieving, those still struggling with
injuries and trauma, and those
still frustrated by the challenges
of rebuilding their homes or their
“But the earthquake also brought
people together and fostered a deep
sense of resilience.”
Mr Little said there was still much
work to do, but the day was a time
to recognise how far Canterbury had
come. — NZ ME
Hundreds remember deadly quake
A fourth fruit fly has been discovered
in Auckland, the Minister for Primary
Industries has confirmed.
The single male fly was caught in a trap
late last night, Minister Nathan Guy
“ We found out late last night that they
caught a single male in a trap,” he said.
“This is to be expected.
“ We’re dealing with a very small
localised population in the Grey Lynn
“ We’ve stepped up a very fast and
efficient response — it ’s up to about
200 people working on the response
there now — and I wish to thank all the
people of Grey Lynn for their patience
as we work through this response.” Mr
Guy said because more than one fly had
now been found, the exclusion zone and
restrictions currently in place around the
Grey Lynn area would remain for longer
than the two weeks initially anticipated.
“ It could take us a couple of months,”
New Zealand’s trading partners “have
been alerted”, he said.
“ We haven’t experienced any negative
reaction from them, which is positive.
“Government industry agreements
mean that two of the industry bodies
are sitting around the table — that ’s
kiwifruit and pipfruit — with MPI
officials working on this response.
“By and large, what I’ve seen — I had a
good look around on the weekend when
I was up — this is a good response, we’re
cracking into gear with baiting and
some spraying of localised trees where
there has been a find and some turf
management, because you’ll be aware
that the life-cycle of these Q ueensland
fruit fly means that they need to pupate
in the ground.”
It was better the fruit fly had been
found in an urban residential area, as
opposed to a rural area, as there were no
exporters working out of Grey Lynn, he
Fourth fruit fly found
Aviation businesses face an
uncertain wait and the prospect of
financial losses after the grounding
of the helicopter model involved in
a fatal crash last week — the largest
grounding so far of an aircraft in
the country’s history.
Robinson R44 helicopters using
the rotor blade type involved in a
fatal crash near Queenstown have
been grounded in New Zealand
and Australia until further notice.
On Saturday, Civil Aviation
Authority director Graeme Harris
grounded all Robinson R44 series
helicopters fitted with a C016-
7 Dash 7 main rotor blade until
further notice as a safety precaution.
Australia’s aviation safety body
The country’s best known
Simon Spencer-Bower, of Wanaka,
said he had never had any reason to
question the safety of the blade on
“No, not at all. It’s a very unusual
James Patterson-Gardner, 18, and
Steve Combe, 42, were found dead
at the wreckage of the Robinson
R44 they had been flying in remote
bush in the Lochy Valley area, in
the Eyre Mountains south-west of
Queenstown, 90 minutes after the
chopper was reported overdue.
Both men worked for Queenstown
helicopter company Over the Top.
Mr Spencer-Bower said yesterday
he had two Robinson helicopters
fitted with the blade and they are
“on the ground at the moment ”.
Although he had
Robinson helicopters for 15 years,
Mr Spencer-Bower said he was not
an engineer and had no insight into
potential issues with the blade.
However, he respected the system
that led to the aircraft being
“ It doesn’t matter if it ’s a Boeing
747 or a little helicopter, if they find
a defect that they think could affect
the rest of the world’s machinery,
they sometimes do this and it keeps
“It’s just a very good system to
try and make sure no-one gets into
Mr Spencer-Bower said the blade
in question was the latest model
and helicopters with earlier model
blades were not affected.
He had other aircraft that allowed
him to continue operating.
“It’s just an inconvenience, but
I’m sure they will sort it out sooner
rather than later. ”
Nationally, about 80 Robinson
R44 are affected. A total of 184
Robinson R44 aircraft are recorded
on the New Zealand Civil Aviation
Transport Accident Investigation
Commission general manager
Peter Northcote said a team of
investigators from the commission
and two from the Civil Aviation
Authority, supported by a helicopter
and its pilot, completed the recovery
of wreckage on Saturday.
The wreckage was to be
transported to the commission’s
Wellington technical facility for
— Otago Daily Times
Crash sees Robinson 44s grounded
life near Chch
A person has died after a two-car crash
in Springston near Christchurch.
Police said the crash happened at the
intersection of Goulds Road and Leeston
Road around 10.15am.
The driver of the vehicle travelling
north-bound on Leeston Road was
trapped following the crash and has died
at the scene.
The driver and passenger of the vehicle
travelling north-bound along Goulds
Road were uninjured and police say they
Police investigations into the incident
The road will remain closed and
diversions in place for at least the next
two hours while police undertake a scene
examination and the area is cleared.
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