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Fire sur vivor serious
One person was seriously burned
and taken to hospital after a house
fire this morning. The fire broke out
in Terrace End, Palmerston North,
and the Fire Ser vice said the blaze
was “well involved” by the time
firefighters arrived shortly after
5.06am. Three appliances were sent
and firefighters extinguished the
fire. Fire central communications
centre said one person was taken to
hospital. — N Z ME
Police probe death
Police are investigating the
“ unexplained death” of a 24-year-
old man in the D unedin suburb
of Belleknowes yesterday. A friend
of the man contacted St John at
11.32am, with paramedics finding
the man dead at the Carnar von
Street property. Detective senior
sergeant John Ferguson said it
was too early to speculate on the
circumstances surrounding the man’s
death. A post-mortem examination
is expected to be completed
tomorrow. — Otago Daily Times
Dead kayaker named
The Rotorua white water
community is in mourning after
the death of international kayaker
Louise Jull. The 26-year-old was
found yesterday in the Kaituna
River. She was reported missing to
police on Wednesday night and was
part of a group of three paddling
downstream of the Trout Pool when
she became separated from them
near Okere Falls. Ms Jull’s death has
been referred to the coroner.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
The body of a man recovered
from the Waikato River has been
identified as Nicholas Taiaroa
Stevens, who was reported missing
from a health care facility on
Monday. Acting Detective Inspector
Ross Patterson said the body was
recovered shortly before 11am
yesterday in a stretch of water near
Parana Park. Mr Stevens, 21, was
from Hamilton. — NZ ME
Water main bursts
A burst water main has left a
number of homes and businesses,
including the Westfield Mall in
Albany, without water on Auckland’s
North Shore. Police said the burst
main caused significant traffic delays
near the intersection of Oteha
Valley Road and Fairview Avenue.
Watercare said the water pipe failure
occurred at 3.30pm and had stopped
the water supply, or resulted in low
water pressure for properties in
Albany. The water supply was still
being restored today. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 10928:
41, 42, 53, 57, 64, 65, 70, 77. Draw No
10929: 3, 6, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 31, 34,
35, 40, 41, 57, 59, 60, 62, 65, 66, 70, 72.
Draw No 10930: 3, 4, 7, 9, 12, 16, 21,
34, 35, 44, 47, 54, 55, 60, 61, 64, 67, 70,
74, 76. Draw No 10931: 5, 6, 9, 10, 21,
22, 30, 32, 41, 45, 47, 53, 55, 57, 63, 66,
70, 74, 77, 79.
Three Black Fridays in 2015
A woman sur vived after
crashing her four-wheel-drive
vehicle 100m down a bank on
the Coromandel Peninsula after
suffering a “momentary lapse in
The woman, in her 40s, drifted
off the road causing the vehicle
to roll about 2.50pm yesterday,
the Auckland Westpac rescue
“The lady had a momentary
lapse in concentration and
unfortunately drifted off the road
and 100m down a bank, with
the four-wheel-drive she was in
rolling over,” intensive care flight
paramedic Russell Clarke said.
“ We transported her to hospital
in a moderate condition — so she
is one lucky lady. ” — NZME
Woman survives plunge
The woman behind the save the
kauri campaign in west Auckland
cut down a protected native tree
earlier this year, but did not get
consent to do so from the council.
Aprilanne Bonar has been
petitioning Auckland Council to
take back the resource consent it
granted developers to tear down
a kauri tree and rimu at a site in
Yesterday the developers said
they would not fell the tree, and
the council announced a review
into the process which led to the
However, speaking with 3 News
yesterday afternoon Ms Bonar
said she cut down a protected
karaka tree because its poisonous
berries killed her dog.
“It wasn’t an old tree, it was a
young tree, and it had poisonous
berries and our dog was
poisoned,” she said.
“There’s council regulations
that if you have a tree on your
property that threatens lives, that
you are entitled to cut it down.”
Ms Bonar’s neighbourhood
falls under the Waitakere District
Plan. Legislation states it is
possible to remove a protected
tree if it poses a risk to health
but the property owner must
notify the council.
While there is no definition as
to whose health that refers to, the
council interprets it as “human
health”, rather than animals.
Ms Bonar, who did not get
consent from the council to
fell the karaka tree, says she
understood the rules apply to
dogs’ health as well.
“It’s a threat to life, it’s a threat
to your family.
“ We’re not talking about a
500-year-old kauri. I mean, it’s
completely different. I actually
don’t see the connection to what
we’re dealing with next door. ”
Ms Bonar said she went
through a “considered process”
when felling the karaka tree, and
went on advice from her arborist.
“ I’m not interested in breaking
any rules and hiding behind
anybody,” she said. — N ZN
Kauri campaigner cut
down protected tree
They say bad things come in threes,
and it could be the case with 2015.
The superstitious out there
could be suffering a bad case of
irrational fear of Friday the 13th —
as today is our second Black Friday
The first Friday the 13th appeared
just four weeks ago in February, and
we are in for a third that will appear
It is not a bad omen, just a quirk
in the calendar that has landed 2015
with a triple dose of Friday the 13th.
It has happened once before in
the 21st century, in 2009, and it will
happen 11 years from now, in 2026,
and then 11 years after that in 2037.
The triple Black Friday is set off by a
year of 365 days starting on a Thursday.
Friday the 13th can crop up three
times in leap years that begin on a
Sunday, which happened in 2012.
The superstition of Black Friday
could mean today people will avoid
walking beneath ladders and keep
watch for black cats on their path.
Many people would not dream of
setting a wedding date on Friday the
The superstition is believed to
have arisen in the 19th century, but
historians cannot pinpoint it to any
one event. — NZME
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The Quake Outcasts group has had a
partial victory in an appeal against the
Government ’s buyout offers following
the Canterbury earthquakes.
Quake O utcasts
Developments Ltd appealed against the
lawfulness of the offer to buy uninsured
land at half its value.
The Supreme Court today released a
majority judgment finding the September
2012 decision, related to uninsured
residential land and uninsurable vacant
land, was not lawfully made.
The Earthquake Recovery Minister
and the Canterbury Earthquake
Recovery Authority (Cera) have been
directed to reconsider the decisions in
light of the judgment.
The Court of Appeal had already held
that the 50% offers made to uninsured
red zone land owners was unlawful
because of non-compliance with the
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act.
However it said Cera could make new
offers that still distinguished between
owners on the basis of insurance.
Quake O utcasts
Developments went to the Supreme
Court to appeal against that decision,
and to argue that establishment of the
red zone was unlawful.
By majority decision, the Supreme
Court found that, while insurance was a
relevant factor, it should not have been
The failure of process and consultation
in June 2011, and the very difficult living
conditions faced by those living in the
red zones should have been taken into
The appeal was partly upheld by Justices
McGrath, Glazebrook and Arnold.
It would have been dismissed by
Justices Elias and William Young.
A Cera spokeswoman said: “ The
Supreme Court decision is being
reviewed by the Canterbury Earthquake
Recovery Authority. A more substantive
statement will be made once the
implications of the decision have been
In June 2011 the Government offered
to buy red zone land at 100% of the
value of land and improvements, as at
the most recent valuation in 2007.
However, the offer to owners of
uninsured red zone property, made in
September 2012, was at 50% of the 2007
land value only.
Quake O utcasts represents 46 owners
or joint-owners of homes and vacant
land in the red zone.
Fowler Developments owns 11
residential sections in Brooklands, which
was red-zoned in November 2011.
Their judicial review largely succeeded
in the High Court, with the court
finding that creating the red zone
and the September 2012 offers were
The Crown overturned the decision
that the red zone was unlawful, but the
decision in relation to the September
offers was upheld.
The Supreme Court judgment agreed
the 50% offers were not consistent
with the act, which aims to provide for
the recovery of the wider Christchurch
“There is no doubt that the offer of
50% of the land valuation provides
limited support for those affected to
start up again, hindering economic
recovery for most individuals affected,
many of whom have limited access to
The Crown had argued that those in
the red zone could choose not to sell and
However the justices found that, in
reality, the red zone was uninhabitable.
“ We accept the Human Rights
Commission’s argument that the red
zone decisions meant that residents
in the red zone were faced with either
leaving their homes or remaining in
what were to be effectively abandoned
communities, with degenerating ser vices
The court also found that the delay in
making the offers until September 2012
could not be justified, and those in the
red zone by then faced very difficult
“The situation in the red zones had
deteriorated. Many of the June 2011
offers had been accepted and the
“The fact that the September 2012
decisions were being taken against
a totally different backdrop to that
pertaining in June 2011 should have
been considered. ” — NZME
With a twinkle in her eye, Averil
Omnet says she certainly never
thought she would live to be 100 years
At Iona Home in Oamaru yesterday,
Mrs Omnet (nee Smyth) celebrated
her 100th birthday, surrounded by
She was born in Oamaru, the oldest
of five sisters. Her parents, Charles
and Rose Smyth, were pillars of the
community, running a bakery in
Mor ven after World War One.
Mr Smyth died of cancer at 44, in
1927, leaving Mrs Smyth with five
children aged between five and 12.
She died the following year.
Orphaned at 13, Mrs Omnet and
her sisters lived with their grandfather
for a short time, before being split up
to be cared for within the family.
Mrs Omnet attended Waitaki Girls’
junior high school, then the senior
school, but left at 16 to work as a
dressmaker, until she married George
Omnet, an automotive electrician,
when she was 20.
She made her own wedding dress
which, until recently, was hanging in
her room at Iona rest home.
She attended the Oamaru Baptist
Church, where she later ran a Sunday
“Of course, that ’s where I found the
chap I married,” she said.
“ He was a hang of a fine-looking
Mr and Mrs Omnet had five
children, Valery, Bruce, Beverly,
Rodney and Geoffrey, and lived on a
2.02ha block in Weston Road, where
they kept sheep, pigs and chickens and
were keen gardeners.
Mrs Omnet enjoyed being part of
the local Women’s Institute, and was
once president of the group.
She has lived in Oamaru all her life,
but has spent time travelling around
Her husband, George, died aged 74.
Mrs Omnet said she realised she
was getting old when the first of her
children qualified for the pension.
She was not sure what the key to her
long life was, but she had always been
active. At 90 she was still walking to
the post office and gardening.
She was looking for ward to seeing
family members who had travelled
from as far as the United Kingdom
and Australia for the birthday
She was also “very excited” to receive
letters from the Queen, the Prime
Minister and the Governor-General
earlier in the week, but, despite her
best efforts, she was not allowed to
open them until yesterday.
— Otago Daily Times
Hundred years unexpected
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Oamaru woman Averil Omnet celebrating her 100th birthday yesterday.
A pedestrian whose hip was broken
after being run down by a French
cyclist riding on a footpath holds no
malice but is pleased police decided to
French backpacker Cyril Millet, 24,
was cycling on a Manchester Street
footpath in Christchurch last month
when office worker Bruce Royston
Hewitt was leaving work for the night.
As 54-year-old Mr Hewitt closed his
office door, Millet mowed him down,
crashing him to the pavement.
“ I never even saw the bike, something
just threw me to the ground,” Mr Hewitt
“I was in shock but I remember (the
cyclist) hardly spoke a word of English.
In fact, the poor guy found my phone
myself before I pretty much fainted. At
least he waited there.”
Mr Hewitt was taken to Christchurch
Hospital by ambulance with a fractured
hip after the February 16 incident which
occurred at about 6.45pm.
He under went surgery to join the
bones back together and spent three
nights in hospital.
Millet, in New Zealand on a one-year
working holiday visa, was charged with
the rare allegation of operating a vehicle
carelessly and thereby caused injury.
Millet appeared in the dock with
the assistance of a French-speaking
interpreter today to plead guilty.
Police said that reparation of $600 was
Judge Tony Couch said it was an
interesting case, given that the significant
injury was caused by a bicycle.
“ It turns out even rollerblades apply
as a vehicle,” police prosecutor sergeant
Paul Scott said.
Millet was remanded on bail until
April 2 at 2.15pm for a restorative
justice conference to be considered.
He made no comment as he left court.
Earlier he said he did not see Mr
“I drive (sic) slowly, he close the door,
and we . . . smack. He hit the concrete,”
“It has not been good for my trip in
Millet has been
Christchurch as a labourer, and now
wants to travel around the South Island
before flying home in May. — NZ ME
Visiting cyclist bailed on rare charge
Meals on Wheels will be made in
Auckland and trucked to Dunedin
and Invercargill under a proposal to
outsource hospital food ser vices, the
Compass Group confirmed yesterday.
The frozen meals are part of a
controversial proposal to privatise
Southern District Health Board hospital
The board is yet to decide whether to
approve the plan.
Patient meals will be prepared on-site,
using components driven “around New
Zealand” in trucks, Compass said.
A stock of pre-prepared meal
Invercargill will be held at a Dunedin
“The pre-prepared components of
the meals will be prepared by specialist
suppliers based in a number of different
regions of New Zealand (including)
Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, D unedin,
Asked if Compass planned to
subcontract meals on wheels to another
provider, the food giant said: “Compass
Group is working with an Auckland-
based supplier to supply the individual
snap frozen meals for the meals on
Meals on wheels would be heated
in local hospital kitchens before
Asked how often the meals would
arrive in trucks, Compass said it was yet
to be determined.
Asked what contingency plans were in
place for adverse weather, Compass said
it was part of planning work that would
happen with the health board.
Since the proposal was revealed nearly
two years ago, just where meals would be
produced has been unclear.
Last week, board members relented to
union demands and deferred the final
privatisation decision by a month, to the
Ser vice and Food Workers’ Union
Southland, said producing meals on
wheels in Auckland reduced the amount
of work available for local staff.
She also questioned the logistics of
transporting meals during a civil defence
emergency. “ What ’s the back-up plan?”
Ms Huffstutler is pleased about the
deferment of the final decision, saying
unions lacked enough information to
form a counter-proposal.
The counter-proposal would include
suggestions for how money could be
Securing the extra month had given a
sense of hope the board might be willing
to listen to a proposal from unions, she
said. — Otago Daily Times
Meals on Wheels to be
made in Auckland
Man dies after struggle
with police officers
A man has died following a
struggle with police officers
who were trying to arrest him in
Napier last night.
The 53-year-old became ill
shortly after police “deployed a
number of tactical options” to
remove him from a car parked at
Officers provided first aid but
he died at the scene.
The incident began when
police were called to reports of
an attack on the man’s parents
in their Hastings home earlier in
the evening, police said. The man
left the property in a car and was
located in the beach car park.
He did not respond to several
requests to step out of the car,
police said, and officers smashed
two windows to reach him.
“The man resisted attempts to
get him out of the car and police
deployed a number of tactical
options,” acting eastern district
Mike Johnson said.
“Once the man was removed
from the vehicle he struggled
with police who were attempting
to place him under arrest.
“At this point the man became
ill and police staff immediately
administered first aid and tried to
Ambulance staff also attempted
resuscitation, but the man died a
short while later.
“This was a tragic incident and
we extend our sincere sympathies
to the family of the man
involved,” Mr Johnson said.
“There will be a thorough and
robust investigation into what
took place last night, which will
include examining the actions of
police staff and the circumstances
surrounding the incident.
“There are an extensive number
of inquires to work through
and at this stage we are not in
a position to provide any more
The incident had been reported
to the Independent Police
Conduct Authority. — NZ M E
Police hunt girl’s rapist
Police are hunting a man who
raped a 14-year-old girl as she
walked home in Flaxmere early
Detective Jeff Foley said the girl
was walking home from a friend’s
house shortly after midnight
yesterday when a man began
following her near the Flaxmere
The man had caught up with
the girl near the skatebowl beside
the shops, grabbed her from
behind and pulled her to the
ground, raping her.
Mr Foley said the girl had made
her way to her home, which was
nearby, and police were called.
The rapist was described as a
young male of unknown race. He
was tall and skinny and wearing
a grey hooded top, black shorts,
white socks without shoes and a
— N Z ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Trial focus on paint in bones
The paint fragments found
embedded in the bones of
Christine Lundy could have been
on her head and picked up by
a weapon as it was used on her,
rather than the weapon being
painted, a court was told today.
The Crown case in the Lundy
double-murder trial is that the
murder weapon was painted the
same colours as Mark Lundy’s
The 56-year-old has denied
killing his wife and daughter in
their Palmerston North home on
August 30, 2000.
Paint fragments were found on
Mrs Lundy and her daughter,
Amber. They were light blue,
orange and dark blue.
ESR scientists Susan Coulson
told the jury in the High Court
at Wellington yesterday that
paint on tools she had examined
matched the light blue and
She could not match the dark
blue fragments to paint on the
Today, under cross examination
by defence lawyer Julie-Anne
Kincade, Ms Coulson agreed it
was impossible to know how the
fragments found squashed into
Mrs Lundy’s bones got there.
“ If the weapon contacted the
paint on the surface of the skin
and went into the head, the
weapon could have collected the
paint on the way to making the
One paint fragment with light
blue paint on top of a layer of dark
blue paint was found on Amber.
Ms Coulson said while the light
blue paint matched the blue on
the tools, she had not examined
any tools with both colours
present. — NZ ME
A total of 14 new interception
warrants were issued to the Government
Communications Security Bureau
(GCSB) in the 2013- 14 year, its annual
report released yesterday shows.
That is nearly three times as many as
the five new warrants having been issued
in the previous year.
A total of 19 warrants were in force
during the 2013-14 year, the report
shows, compared with 11 the previous
Documents taken by former United
States National Security Agency
contractor Edward Snowden last week
prompted claims that the agency was
conducting mass sur veillance in the
Pacific but acting GCSB director
Una Jagose said this week that all
communications the agency collected
was with a warrant.
The Security Intelligence Ser vice (SIS)
had 51 domestic intelligence warrants
in force in the year to June 2014, an
increase on the 34 that were in in force
the previous year.
But the average length of a warrant
came down from 134 days in the 2013-
14 year, compared with 173 in the
The GCSB report highlights a case
study of the type of work its national
cyber security centre does.
It said private sector organisations
had reported receiving spoof e-mails
purporting to be from employees but
which were actually sent by scammers
who had been able to identify employees
from open source information.
“The scammers used these names,
or similar variations, to establish free
“These web-based addresses were
then used to send emails to colleagues
of the legitimate employees, requesting
that funds be paid on behalf of the
organisations to back accounts operated
by the scammers.”
In an unusual sequence of steps, both
the GCSB and SIS annual reports were
tabled in Parliament after they had
been the subject of a public hearing at
Parliament to discuss them.
SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge and
Ms Jagose appeared on Wednesday at
a public hearing of the Intelligence and
Security Committee which is part of its
The MPs on the committee had got
unclassified versions of the report a
few days before hand and were shown
classified versions to read in a secure
room for a private briefing after the
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Spying on NZers surges
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