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Elderly woman robbed
An elderly woman suffering from
a medical condition was robbed by
two youths in Mount Maunganui
yesterday. The 71-year-old woman
was confronted by two boys, aged 13
to 15 years, while she was walking
home about 2.45pm in an alleyway
between Taupo Avenue and Girven
Road, detective sergeant Trevor
Brown said. “After demanding
money and producing a weapon the
two ran off towards Taupo Avenue
after robbing the victim of cash.”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Driver badly hurt
A driver has been seriously injured
in a crash in Oamaru last night.
A vehicle left Parsons Road about
10pm and collided with a bank,
senior sergeant Ben Butterfield said.
The driver, who was the sole occupant
of the vehicle, was taken to Oamaru
Hospital with serious injuries, Mr
Butterfield said. — NZ ME
The man accused of murdering a
76-year-old Whangamata resident
earlier this month has pleaded not
guilty. Ivan Kapluggin, a British
national, was found dead at a house
on Achilles Avenue in Whangamata
on February 3. A 61-year-old
Whangamata man was charged
with murder on Monday. Anthony
Ballantyne denied the charge in the
Hamilton District Court yesterday
and was remanded in custody for a bail
hearing this afternoon. — NZ M E
Man saved from fire
Two policemen rescued a man from
his burning home before heading
back into the blaze to check for
anyone slse yesterday. Constables
Jeffrey Brown and Jameson Asekona
were outside the Glen Innes Police
Station about 11.20am when they
noticed smoke coming from a home
in nearby Taniwha Street. The
officers called the Fire Ser vice then
drove to the house and went inside
to see if anyone needed help. In
the downstairs lounge they found a
disoriented man unaware his house
was on fire. He was helped out,
before both went back inside the
two-storey house to make sure it was
empty. — NZ ME
Pupil stuck in tree
Firefighters helped a Waiouru
Primary School pupil after the child
climbed too high and got stuck in a
tree. A central fire communications
spokesman said firefighters were
called to Waiouru Primary School
about 1.30pm yesterday. He said they
helped a young pupil stuck in a tree.
It was not clear how high the child
climbed. — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 10864:
7, 12, 17, 18, 20, 24, 31, 34, 42, 44, 47,
50, 56, 60, 61, 63, 72, 73, 75, 80. Draw
No 10865: 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 14, 15, 23, 24,
26, 36, 44, 46, 58, 62, 63, 72, 77, 78, 79.
Draw No 10866: 1, 5, 6, 11, 17, 24, 30,
33, 40, 42, 47, 53, 56, 59, 64, 66, 67, 73,
74, 76. Draw No 10867: 1, 7, 11, 17,
19, 20, 22, 25, 30, 32, 34, 40, 44, 46, 53,
62, 63, 66, 71, 79.
Iraqi mission outrage
A fifth Queensland fruit fly has been
found in a trap within the controlled area
in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
said the male fruit fly was found yesterday.
MPI said it expected to find further
flies close to the affected property where
the initial fruit fly was found as the
response to the incursion progressed.
The ministry remained confident it was
an “ isolated population” which would be
Four male fruit flies have been caught
in traps, and a single unmated female
was located at a residential property on
Friday. One pupa and 39 lar vae have also
MPI field work continued today to
focus on the sur veillance trapping system
as well as workers applying insecticide
bait throughout the controlled area.
Residents have been informed about
the controls and gardens and rubbish
bins are being inspected. — NZ M E
Fifth fruit fly found
A south Auckland police officer has
been charged over a pursuit in which two
police cars collided.
Hamish McCormack, 30, appeared in
the Manukau District Court yesterday
charged with careless driving after an
incident in Takanini on September 1.
Counties Manukau police confirmed
that a constable had been charged
following a “fleeing driver incident in
which two police cars were damaged”.
According to court documents, the
smash took place on the intersection of
Takanini School Road and Manuroa
Police would not comment on whether
McCormack was allowed behind the
wheel since the charges were laid or
whether he had been stood down from
They also refused to disclose further
details regarding the circumstances of
“An employment investigation will
take place following court proceedings,”
a spokeswoman said.
McCormack will be back before the
court next month when he will probably
enter a plea.
He faces a maximum penalty of a $3000
fine and the court may order him to be
disqualified from holding or obtaining a
driver licence for such period as it sees
fit. — NZME
The Government ’s decision to send
140 troops to Iraq was met with a
wave of criticism from other party
leaders in Parliament, led by Labour’s
Andrew Little who said New Zealand
could not hope to quell Isis (Islamic
State or Isil).
It was not only the Opposition
parties who voiced concerns —
Government allies Peter Dunne and
the Maori Party were opposed to the
move and even Act ’s David Seymour
had reser vations.
Speaking after Prime Minister John
Key announced the deployment in
Parliament, Mr Little said troops were
being sent into danger in Iraq with
little hope of making any difference.
“They will not just be behind the
wire, they will be exposed to the
much wider conflict. It will not be just
soldiers we send to Iraq — it will be
Kiwis travelling around the world.”
Instead he urged more reconstruction
“ We will not defeat — no one will
defeat — Islamic State through the
Mr Key was also criticised for
refusing to allow Parliament a vote on
the deployment. New Zealand First
leader Winston Peters said National
knew it could not get a majority and
there was no mandate for the action.
He said Mr Key had earlier indicated
a United Nations-backed action
would be required for New Zealand
to enter Iraq.
“Nothing has changed in Iraq
except his ‘club’ persuaded Mr Key to
commit our troops.”
said he had
what any such inter vention could
achieve, but backed the decision in
the interests of collective security and
relations with New Zealand’s allies.
Green co-leader Russel Norman said
National was dragging New Zealand
into the Middle East at the behest of
“ Washington, not Wellington”.
“Every western bomb dropped on
the Middle East over the last half
century has only added to the Isil
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa
Flavell said sending troops to train
would be seen as an aggressive move
United Future’s Peter Dunne raised
concerns about troops getting caught
in a widening of the conflict and said
New Zealand should use its place on
the Security Council to ensure any
international action was sanctioned
by the UN.
Mr Key responded to the criticism
angrily, saying he believed Mr
Little would send troops in the
same circumstances if he was Prime
He warned that if a New Zealander
fell victim to Isis, the leaders of
Opposition parties could
their choices. “ We all understand
the domestic risks of Isil and we
understand the risks for New
“And I just look for ward to the
political leaders who have spoken
in opposition today being the ones
to come for ward if something goes
wrong to those New Zealanders.”
The chief of the Defence Force
Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Keating
later said he had had to be sure
the troops would be able to make
an impact and that strong safety
measures were in place before he
could approve deployment.
New Zealand Catholic Bishops
have welcomed the decision to send
personnel to combat the Islamic State
and urged Christians to pray for those
in the Middle East.
Cardinal John Dew said New
Zealand could no longer watch from
the sidelines as Isis inflicts “immense
suffering and brutality” on the Iraqi
“ Pope Francis has said that it is
“ licit to stop an unjust aggressor”.
If by providing training to the Iraqi
Army we can assist them to stop
the aggressor in their land, then as
a matter of promoting the common
good we should provide that
assistance,” Cardinal Dew said.
“Substantial humanitarian support
should also be part of New Zealand’s
involvement in Iraq. ”
The Catholic Bishops include the
Bishop of Auckland, Hamilton,
Dunedin, Christchurch, Palmerston
North and Cardinal Dew of
New Zealand’s membership of the
United Nations Security Council
currently gave it a unique position in
global affairs, Cardinal Dew said, and
could be used to advocate for further
sanctions and other actions to stop
the flow of arms to Isis.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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National’s allies, opposition unite to decry Key’s decision on sending troops
When it comes to characters,
it is hard to go past the heavy
wagon trail on the Otago
Whether it is a one-legged non-
horse-enthusiast trail boss or an
American woodworker who has
helped build full-size historic ship
replicas, personalities on the trail
Trail boss Tony Cumberbeach’s
chosen mode of travel was a pick-
up truck, rather than the more
prevalent horse or wagon.
“ I wouldn’t have a horse
Cumberbeach, of Dunedin,
confided during a stop on a farm
between Clarks Junction and
Hindon yesterday morning.
More than 70 people were on
the trail, including American
Fred Asplen and two Australian
It was Mr Cumberbeach’s “10th
or 11th” year as trail boss and
it was the people that kept him
coming back year after year.
Those attracted to the heavy
wagon trail were generally “cruisy ”
and they enjoyed plenty of laughs
over the week.
He first became involved in
the cavalcade in support roles
and then stepped up as trail boss
when there was no one to take
over. Mr Cumberbeach reckoned
it was time for someone else to
“have a go now”.
“Things have slowed up,” he
said, in reference to the recent
amputation of his right leg, 34
years after a motorcycle accident.
His leg kept developing arthritis
and he “ran out of options”,
having the leg amputated just
below the knee in November last
year. While he was still learning
to adjust to life without it, there
was no chance he was going to
miss the cavalcade.
“Hell, I was coming on this. I
already told them that, with or
without a leg,” he said.
Another happy cavalcader
was Mr Asplen, whose grin was
nearly as vast as the rural Otago
landscape through which he was
A passenger on Snow
Cleaver’s wagon, pulled by five
Clydesdale horses, Mr Asplen,
65, from Kentucky, was having an
“awesome ” time.
About five years ago, he came
to New Zealand as a wwoofer
(willing workers on organic
farms) and stayed with the sister
of a cavalcader.
He had always wanted to come
to New Zealand — “I wish I
came in my 20s, I’d still be here,”
he said ruefully — and he loved
This year, he decided to return
to visit his friends and co-
ordinated this with the cavalcade.
As the heavy wagon trail
traversed farmland with
distinctive rocky tors, Mr Asplen
described the countryside as
The cavalcade finishes on
Saturday with hundreds of riders,
wagoners and walkers from nine
trails converging on O utram.
— Otago Daily Times
Colourful characters on cavalcade
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Snow Cleaver, from Southland, urges on his wagon team following the Deep Stream crossing, near
Clarks Junction, on the Otago Goldfields Cavalcade heavy wagon trail yesterday.
An American teenager has died in
hospital a week after the rest of his
family was killed in a crash, bringing the
death toll from crashes involving foreign
drivers to eight in as many days.
Griffin Lee, 17, was taken to Waikato
Hospital’s intensive care unit in a critical
condition after the crash north of
Tokoroa on Tuesday last week.
Police said he died in hospital yesterday.
His parents Warren Lee, 53, and
Aesoon Lee, 52, and their daughter Julia
Lee, 20, died in the crash.
Mr and Mrs Lee were American
citizens living in Hong Kong, while Ms
Lee had recently moved to New Zealand
to study. The family had come to New
Zealand to help Ms Lee, who was
driving at the time of the crash, settle
into her new home.
A hospital spokeswoman last week said
Griffin Lee — a front-seat passenger —
was not aware the crash had killed his
His death is the latest in a spate of
serious and fatal crashes involving
Police yesterday charged a 26-year-
old German driver over the death of
a New Zealand woman in crash near
Leeston resident Stephanie Anne Ellis,
54, died in the crash on Monday.
The German man is due to appear
in the Christchurch District Court
tomorrow, charged with careless use of a
vehicle causing death.
Mrs Ellis’s family shared their grief in a
“ To know that our much loved mother
and close friend is not coming home is
extremely upsetting,” the statement said.
“ We are all shell-shocked and
supporting each other while we come
to terms with the new reality we find
ourselves in. We hope no other family
has to go through what we are going
The family of a tourist driver killed in
a crash also shared their grief yesterday.
Chinese man Ying-Hua Zhou, 29, had
been holidaying in New Zealand when
his rental car crossed the centre line
and collided with a stock truck near the
Greta Valley, Canterbury, on Wednesday
“ We are extremely upset and appreciate
the huge support from the local Chinese
community, the Chinese consulate and
Canterbury police during this extremely
difficult time,” the family said in a
Two foreign drivers appeared in courts
German tourist Mario Pieper, 43,
was ordered to pay $20,000 to his
victims after causing a fatal car crash in
Southland on Boxing Day.
Student Pengxiao Tao, 22, known as
Jessica, a Chinese national, died two
days after the crash.
Pieper returned to New Zealand from
his home in Germany to be sentenced
in Invercargill District Court yesterday.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to one
charge of careless use of a vehicle causing
death and two charges of careless use of
a vehicle causing injury.
Pieper was fined $1000, disqualified
from driving for two years, and ordered
to pay Ms Tao’s family $15,000 in
emotional harm reparation. He was also
ordered to pay $2500 to each of his other
French tourist Stephane Yuan Mazerat,
29, yesterday admitted three charges
after a serious crash at Awakino last
month left six injured.
Mazerat suffered a serious leg injury
and was wheeled in for his appearance in
Hamilton District Court.
He pleaded guilty to three charges
of dangerous driving causing injury
to three people on State highway 3 at
Awakino on January 5.
Six people were injured, including two
children and Mazerat ’s partner, who was
left in a critical condition.
Mazerat was convicted, ordered to
surrender his passport and remanded
on bail to attend a restorative justice
conference before reappearing for
sentencing next month.
A Taiwanese tourist killed in a crash in
Canterbury last week has been named.
Fu-Hwa Ju, 66, had been on holiday
with family when two vehicles collided
at the intersection of Jones Road and
Dawsons Road near Templeton last
Witnesses said the rental van Mr Ju
was travelling in did not stop at the
stop-sign controlled intersection before
colliding with a vehicle on Jones Road.
Mr Ju, a rear-seat passenger, had been
wearing a seat belt at the time.
One of the six other Taiwanese
occupants of the van, a 60-year-old
woman, has been discharged from
Mr Ju’s family and travelling
companions were “extremely upset ”
and had been receiving support from
police, the hospital and the Taiwanese
Police said investigations into the crash
were continuing and it was too early to
say whether any charges would be laid.
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
German tourist Mario Pieper during
his sentencing in the Invercargill
District Court yesterday.
Thea Muldoon dies at 87
The wife of former Prime Minster Sir
Robert Muldoon has died.
Dame Thea Muldoon passed away
peacefully yesterday, at 87.
The couple married in 1951 after
meeting through the Junior Nationals.
They had three children.
Dame Thea is also sur vived by
four grandchildren, and four step-
Born Thea Dale Flyger, Dame Thea
was appointed a Dame Commander of
the Order of the British Empire in the
1993 New Year Honours, and awarded
the Q ueen’s Ser vice Order in the 1986
New Year Honours.
A ser vice to celebrate Dame Thea’s life
will be held at the All Saint ’s Chapel, in
Meadowbank, on Tuesday, March 3, at
In lieu of flowers, her family have
requested donations to St Andrew ’s
Village Trust. — N Z ME
Dame Thea Muldoon
The adult minimum wage will go up by
50c an hour from April 1.
Workplace Relations and Safety
announced today that the minimum
wage for adults would increase from
$14.25 to $14.75 an hour.
The starting-out and training hourly
minimum wages would also increase by
40c, to $11.80 an hour.
The Government had taken great
care in setting wage rates to ensure
they maintained the balance between
protecting the lowest paid workers
and ensuring jobs were not lost, Mr
“It is an appropriate increase given
current economic and labour market
conditions. It balances the needs of both
businesses and workers while having
minimal impact on the wider labour
“An increase of the minimum wage to
$14.75 ensures there is no restraint on
jobs while still increasing the incomes of
the lowest paid. A higher increase to even
$15.50 would constrain employment
growth by up to 5000 jobs per year.”
A number of fingerprints lifted
from the home of Mark, Christine
and Amber Lundy have never
been identified, a court was told
The evidence given in the Lundy
double murder trial in the High
Court at Wellington today has
focused on the fingerprints, shoe
prints and spots of blood at the
Palmerston North home where Mrs
Lundy, 38, and her daughter, seven,
were killed as well as neighbours’
Lundy, 56, has pleaded not guilty
to murdering his wife and daughter
in the early hours of August 30,
Crime scene officer and police
photographer David Andrews
fingerprints from the Lundy
Defence lawyer David Hislop put
to Mr Andrews that some of the
prints taken from the conser vatory
had remained unidentified.
Mr Andrews said he had not seen
the test results, so did not know if
they were identified or not.
Mr Andrews also told the court
he lifted two partial footprints
from outside the houses that were
facing towards the entrance of the
conser vatory. He did not know
if they had been identified as
belonging to anyone or not.
In neighbouring properties at
Karamea Crescent, where the
Lundys lived, as well as nearby
including a cigarette lighter, shoe
prints on a trampoline and blood
spots on a path.
Police National Headquarters’
fingerprint manager Eugene Wall
told the court he used a specialist
polilight to examine Lundy’s car on
the evening of September 2 in an
attempt to find fingerprints in the
None were found.
Under cross-examination he
denied using the polilight inside
the Lundy home before he used the
light in the vehicle.
He agreed with Mr Hislop
that it was understood that the
polilight was a “veritable source of
“The car was the first time I used
the light for examination, I have to
use it in real darkness, I wouldn’t be
using it during the day. ”
He said on August 31 he went
to the property but did not have a
specific job to do.
Mr Hislop said Mr Andrews was
in and out of the property “like a
fiddler’s elbow ”.
Mr Andrews said he was, but he
did not go inside the house because
his examination would not begin
until after ESR staff completed
theirs. — NZME
Fingerprints not identified,
Lundy trial told
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