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Car crash claims life
A man died in a car crash near
Gisborne early yesterday. Senior
sergeant Nick Dobson said police
arrived on the scene about 4am.
He said a car went off the road and
police found the man’s body inside.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, is
a local from the Te Karaka area.
A 20-year-old university student
has died in Palmerston North after
what police believe was a domestic
incident. A homicide inquiry is
under way and police have charged
a 21-year-old man who lived with
the woman with assault. Police said
they were called to an address in an
apartment block in Massey about
10pm on Friday. The woman died at
the scene. The man appeared in the
Palmerston North District Court on
Saturday. He was granted interim
name suppression and was remanded
in custody to tomorrow. — NZ ME
Tourist tramper found
Searchers have found a German
tramper. Police said Esther
Gehrmann was located about
3.30pm on Saturday, near Roebuck
Hut in the Mount Richmond ranges
in south Marlborough. She received
medical treatment. Police became
concerned for Ms Gehrmann’s
welfare after she left a message in the
Mount Star veall Hut logbook last
Tuesday. — NZ ME
A woman was sexually assaulted in
Palmerston North over the weekend.
The 18-year-old woman left an
inner-city bar shortly before 3am on
Saturday and was “ befriended by a
male” who took her to George Street,
where the attack took place. Police
were seeking witnesses. — N ZM E
Lotto prizes jackpot
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1449 on Saturday,
and the prize jackpots. Successful
numbers were 12, 13, 18, 26, 34,
40; bonus 37. Strike numbers were
26, 34, 18, 13. There was no Strike
Four winner, and the pool jackpots.
Powerball number 6. There was no
division one winner. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in D unedin.
The winner from Otorohanga spun
Numbers in Keno draw No 10936: 8,
11, 14, 21, 23, 34, 35, 44, 52, 54, 57, 58,
60, 65, 67, 70, 72, 75, 77, 78. Draw No
10937: 4, 5, 14, 18, 37, 45, 47, 51, 52,
56, 57, 65, 66, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80.
Draw No 10938: 4, 6, 9, 16, 20, 22, 26,
31, 34, 38, 40, 42, 47, 56, 57, 63, 66, 69,
75, 80. Draw No 10939: 10, 13, 14, 19,
20, 35, 36, 38, 39, 44, 50, 52, 56, 57, 61,
64, 68, 70, 73, 78. Draw No 10940: 2,
3, 16, 21, 24, 28, 35, 40, 44, 51, 53, 57,
58, 62, 67, 69, 72, 73, 74, 78. Draw No
10941: 1, 7, 12, 13, 16, 26, 35, 37, 38,
39, 41, 44, 49, 51, 60, 64, 65, 75, 77, 80.
Draw No 10942: 5, 7, 8, 20, 24, 37, 38,
41, 42, 43, 46, 58, 60, 61, 67, 71, 72, 74,
77, 80. Draw No 10943: 4, 7, 13, 17,
24, 26, 33, 34, 36, 44, 53, 54, 55, 56, 61,
65, 68, 71, 76, 77.
North braced for storm blast
Critics have attacked a move
they say will nearly double the
value of international travel perks
for former MPs.
The calculation of how much
taxpayer money former MPs are
entitled to spend on international
travel will change under a statute
amendment bill, to be voted on
Currently, the perk is calculated
on the cheapest business-class
return fare between Auckland
and London, for the former MP
and their spouse.
That would now be amended
to peg the maximum rebate to
the lowest Air New Zealand
business-class return fare.
The entitlement is limited
to former MPs who were in
Parliament before 1999.
They can use the money to fly to
any destination on any airline —
the calculation determines how
much can be claimed.
Legal blogger Graeme Edgeler
has estimated that the change
could increase the maximum
rebate from $11,000 to about
$20,000 a year.
Yesterday the Taxpayers’ Union
called for National MP Simon
Bridges’ Supplementary Order
Paper to be withdrawn.
“At a time when MPs are
facing a public backlash for
continued pay hikes, Mr Bridges
wants to increase the lavish
taxpayer-funded perks for retired
politicians,” the union’s executive
director Jordan Williams said.
However, Labour’s Annette
King said the change had cross-
party support and was simply
designed to fix a mistake in the
The fare rebate had been
pegged to the lowest fare on Air
New Zealand since the 1970s,
Ms King said.
A mistake in wording saw that
change when the long-standing
entitlements were transferred to
the new Members of Parliament
(Remuneration and Ser vices)
“They inadvertently left out ‘Air
New Zealand’, which had always
been the benchmark for deciding
what the travel entitlement was,”
Ms King said.
“On July 1 every year,
Parliamentary Ser vices go on-
line and go to Expedia I think,
and they look for the lowest cost
air fare, and (the rebate) stays at
that for the year. It has always
been benchmarked with Air New
Because of the mistake, the
maximum rebate had most
recently been pegged to another
airline’s fare, Ms King said.
Ms King, who is aware of the
issue after recently sitting on
a former members’ committee,
said she wanted the change to go
through, despite the backlash.
“ I spoke to the Greens and New
Zealand First and explained it
and they agreed that when there
is an error made you should
“ It wasn’t to advantage or
disadvantage, it was what the
contract had always been.”
A spokeswoman for Mr Bridges
said the Supplementary Order
Paper corrects a drafting error
in the Members of Parliament
(Remuneration and Ser vices)
“ If any party in Parliament
votes against the amendment, it
will not proceed.”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Former MPs’ travel
perk cost may double
The Gore nurse at the centre of
New Zealand’s first Ebola scare
is awaiting the results of a second
test to clear her of the deadly
First results cleared the woman
widely reported to be Gore
nurse Bronni McBain — of
the disease yesterday. However,
a second test was required
to confirm the result, Health
Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman
“ We should have the results of
the second test within 48 hours,”
he said yesterday.
“It is highly unlikely that it will
come back with a positive result. ”
Mrs McBain recently returned
from Sierra Leone, where she
was caring for those suffering
from the untreatable virus.
The only person to come into
contact with Mrs McBain during
the infectious period was her
husband, Gary, who was self-
monitoring as a precaution.
Neighbours of the McBains in
Ruia Street, Gore, were woken
by sound of a helicopter arriving
early on Saturday morning.
Mrs McBain walked to the
helicopter and was transported
to Christchurch Hospital in a
specialist iso-pod patient transfer
unit accompanied by health care
workers in protective suits.
Dr Coleman said Mrs McBain
was in a stable condition in the
“The patient . . . will remain in
one of Christchurch Hospital’s
dedicated specialist medical
isolation rooms until the result
of the second test is known,” he
“I would like to acknowledge
the efforts of the patient and their
family, who carefully followed
the protocols for returning health
workers, to ensure that there was
no potential risk of others being
“The health sector has planned
for months for just such an
eventuality, and it is pleasing
to see that all the preparation
has paid off.” A neighbour, who
wished to remain anonymous,
said his family was woken by the
helicopter landing in the street.
The house remained “pretty
quiet ” during the weekend.
He had no concerns about the
potential scare and was impressed
by Mrs McBain’s work.
“S he must be pretty awesome to
want to go over there and want to
do that work,” he said.
impressed” by the nurse’s selfless
spirit. — Otago Daily Times
Coastal homes have been evacuated,
roads are flooded and power is out in
several communities in Gisborne as
ex-tropical cyclone Pam approaches.
Gisborne civil defence emergency
management said more than 40
people had evacuated this morning,
including 10 from Te Araroa in the
northern Gisborne district.
Residents on East Cape Road,
parallel to the sea, were being
accommodated in the town’s
Driftwood is strewn across the
marae and the airstrip is unusable.
A slip has also closed East Cape
Road, while Puketiti Road, south
of Te Puia, is closed due to downed
The army has helped evacuate 24
people from Anaura Bay, where the
road has been closed due to flooding.
Another six people have been
evacuated from Mangatuna, north of
Tolaga Bay, where the river rose 5.5m
in four hours.
The Hikuwai River has now reached
11m, and is expected to overflow the
highway at 12m. River levels reached
more than 14m during Cyclone Bola.
Generators are being used at Hicks
Bay and Ruatoria to provide power,
while Eastland Network works to
repair a fault on the 50KV line.
Network crews are also working to
fix faults to the west, north and east
About 10am the ex-cyclone was
located about 230km north-east of
the cape, and is expected to maintain
intensity as it moves south-east.
“Now the centre of the storm is
moving in on East Cape — and
while some data has backed off on
yesterday ’s more ominous outlook
for today it still looking potentially
damaging,” Weather Watch said.
“ Pam was this morning downgraded
to an ex-tropical cyclone but the
winds and rain around it remain
severe and powerful still . . . but are
substantially weaker than when the
storm was category 5 just 24 hours
Wind gusts reached 144kph on
Great Barrier Island as the storm
brushed past Auckland.
Strong south-east winds and rain
are expected over much of the North
Island today, along with huge seas on
the east coast.
Eastern Bay of Plenty and northern
parts of Gisborne could see wind
gusts of 120kph, which may cause
damage to trees and powerlines and
could lift roofs and make driving
More than 130mm of rain has
accumulated in the Gisborne ranges
so far, and a further 70-100mm is
possible in Gisborne and northern
Hawke’s Bay today, as well as about
the coastal hills of Hawke’s Bay south
Rivers and streams in these areas
will rise rapidly, and localised surface
flooding and slips are likely as well as
hazardous driving conditions.
In the Bay of Plenty, civil defence
has warned that exposed houses along
the coastline could be at risk from a
combination of “incredibly high” sea
swells and storm surges generated by
The cyclone, which tore through
Vanuatu leaving a trail of death and
destruction, was downgraded to a
category 4 cyclone, yesterday.
The downgrade was cold comfort for
emergency ser vices that have geared
up for the worst scenario even though
the eye of Pam was tracking off to the
east of the Bay of Plenty.
The Bay of Plenty Regional
Council’s strategic communications
manager, Sue-Ellen Craig, said the
council was anticipating 3m to 4m
swells to enter the bay, on top of a
She said the severe weather and
swells could impact on urban areas
when the heavy seas came ashore,
particularly houses right on the
The severest weather was expected
east of Edgecumbe and down through
The Metser vice was expecting
even bigger swells. Metser vice
meteorologist Leigh Matheson said
south-easterly winds would gust up
Ships tied up at the Port of Tauranga
had extra lines attached to handle the
big seas, with ships crews and tug boat
crews on standby.
The Chatham Islands Council
emergency management group is
warning residents to be prepared for
On its Facebook page, the group said
all emergency ser vice representatives
had met in council chambers this
Residents were asked to ensure they
had enough food and clean water to
last several days, as well as alternative
lighting and cooking facilities.
All schools in the Chatham Islands
were closed until further notice.
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The suitcase is packed, and Douglas
Clark is ready to go.
The Dunedin man is set to fly to
Vanuatu today in his capacity as a
disaster response co-ordinator with
the Red Cross.
In his 15 years with the organisation
he has responded to a dozen
emergency missions around the
Pacific, and keeps a packed suitcase
handy for whenever a call-up comes.
As a member of the Field
Assessment and Co-ordination Team,
he will arrive in the Cyclone Pam-
ravaged country to assess the damage
in order to determine the need.
Needs could include items such
as tents, water containers, specialist
personnel and financial support.
“ We determine these needs quickly
so the rest of the world — the Red
Cross societies — can see what is
His missions normally last
about a month, “and obviously the
repercussions of an event like this are
very much longer”.
“So when we are there we start to
think of the longer term things that
Red Cross can do, and during that
time we recruit people who will take
over from us for the recovery stage.”
Mr Clark gave up a full-time
teaching job for casual teaching roles
so he could be available at short notice
for such emergencies.
His most challenging experience —
the Boxing Day Tsunami — was his
first as a Fact member, and “that was
“It is incredibly hard work, it can be
frustrating but satisfying in the sense
that you come away and see the results
of your work, and they are usually
positive.” — Otago Daily Times
Ready for action in disaster’s wake
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Red Cross disaster response co-ordinator Douglas Clark, 71, goes through
a checklist of gear before his expected departure to cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu
Vanuatu starts to
count cyclone cost
The first aid teams to reach Vanuatu
reported widespread devastation as
authorities declared a state of emergency
after a “monster ” cyclone tore through
the Pacific island nation.
With winds of more than 300kph,
Cyclone Pam razed homes, smashed
boats and washed away roads and
bridges as it struck late on Friday and
into Saturday. Aid workers described the
situation as catastrophic.
The count of confirmed deaths was
at eight with 30 people injured. But
those numbers were almost certain to
rise as rescuers reached the low-lying
archipelago’s outlying islands.
Aid workers were particularly worried
about the southern island of Tanna. An
official with the Australian Red Cross
said an aircraft had managed to land
there and aid workers confirmed there
was “widespread destruction”.
“ Virtually every building that is not
concrete has been flattened,” said the
official, adding two deaths had been
confirmed on the island which has a
population of about 29,000 and is about
200km south of the capital, Port Vila.
Witnesses in Port Vila described
sea surges of up to8m and widespread
flooding as the category 5 cyclone hit.
Residents said the storm sounded like a
freight train. Port Vila was strewn with
debris and looked as if a bomb had gone
President Baldwin Lonsdale, who
happened to be at a disaster risk
conference in Japan, likened the storm
to a monster.
“Most of the houses in Vila . . . have
been damaged and destroyed. People are
finding shelter where they can live for
the night,” he said.
He said the impact would be “the
very, very, very worst ” in isolated outer
islands but held out hope the number of
casualties would be “minor”.
He said offers of aid had been very
generous and said: “ We are not begging,
but we are asking for assistance.”
Vanuatu’s climate change minister,
James Bule, said people were used to
storms, though not usually such strong
ones, and he also hoped loss of life might
“ We have people aware of what to do,”
Formerly known as the New Hebrides,
Vanuatu is a sprawling cluster of 83
islands and 260,000 people, 2000km
north-east of the Australian city of
Brisbane. It is among the world’s poorest
countries and highly prone to disasters
such as earthquakes, tsunamis and
Aid officials said the storm was
comparable in strength to Typhoon
Haiyan, which hit the Philippines in
2013 and killed more than 6000 people,
and looked set to be one of the worst
natural disasters the Pacific region has
Kris Paraskevas, a consultant in Port
Vila, said: “ The villages are no good.
Many houses were just poles and tin or
thatch. There’s nothing left, people are
just sitting in rubble.” — Reuters
A child sits in front of his home surrounded by debris on a street after Cyclone
Pam hit Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
Uniting against zero-hour contracts
Union flags were waved and
alternative takeaway food was cooked
on a barbecue during a high-profile
protest against “zero-hours contracts”,
outside Wendy’s outlet in Dunedin on
Many diners were eating hamburgers
inside the recently opened Wendy’s
outlet in south Dunedin but many
passing motorists were also tooting
their horns to show support for the
protesters, led by the Unite Union,
during the event.
Protest organisers said it began about
10.30am and continued until shortly
More than 30 protesters were
involved shortly after 11am.
Ben Peterson, a Christchurch-based
organiser for Unite, said the protest
had aimed to “raise awareness about
zero-hour contracts and put pressure
on” to encourage the fast-food industry
to provide more protection for workers
over their hours of work.
Such contracts often require staff to
remain ready to work for one employer
only, but they are not contractually
guaranteed set hours of work.
Wendy’s chief executive, Danielle
Lendich, last week said that Wendy’s
did not use zero-hour contracts, and
did not roster workers for fewer than
10 hours a week without their consent.
She said Unite was targeting Wendy’s
for “political gain”.
Mr Peterson said zero-hour contracts
were common in several big takeaway
food chains, and they created great
insecurity for staff.
Even when staff had been able to
work a good number of hours each
week, there was always the risk that
the hours, and employee income, could
suddenly drop in the future, including
That uncertainty made it hard for
staff to plan how to pay family bills,
and to gain bank loans to buy a house,
because their projected working hours,
and therefore their income, remained
unpredictable, he said.
No further comment was
immediately available from Wendy’s
management. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Protesters gather outside the new Wendy’s outlet in Andersons Bay Road,
Dunedin, to protest about zero-hour contracts.
Bronni McBain nursing in
Vanuatu in 2004.
A woman has been charged with
arson after a suspicious fire at a
sleep-out at South Bay, Kaikoura,
Police said the alarm was raised about
8.45pm when the detached sleep-out
was found smouldering.
A 29-year-old Kaikoura woman was
charged with arson and was due to
appear in the Blenheim District Court
today. — NZME
Sleep-out arson charge
A man who died in a helicopter
crash after hitting a power line in
Marlborough on Friday night has been
named by police.
The pilot is believed to be Ian John
Simcox, 65, from Blenheim, police said.
Formal identification had not yet been
completed, but Mr Simcox’s family had
been notified, police said.
His Robinson 44 helicopter crashed
into the sea at French Pass, Marlborough,
about 5.20pm on Friday.
Witnesses reported seeing the chopper
hit a power line, which runs between
D’Urville Island and the mainland.
Mr Simcox owned the chopper
involved in the crash, and had been in
the area to work on his bach.
The pilot ’s body was recovered from the
crash scene yesterday by police divers.
The Civil Aviation Authority was
investigating the crash, and the coroner
had been notified, police said. — NZ ME
Police name copter crash pilot
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