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Northland police have launched a
homicide investigation after a young
father-of-four died following a fight
which two of his children witnessed.
The man has been named as 29-year-
old Joseph Keogh, of Kaitaia. He was
presented at Kaitaia Hospital about
10.30pm on Saturday but died a short
time later, police said. It was believed
his injuries were as a result of an
altercation in the Fairburn area, east of
Kaitaia, earlier that night. Police said
it was not gang related. A 50-year-old
man was arrested in relation to the
death. The two were known to each
other. — N ZME-Northern Advocate
Three escape house fire
An elderly person is in hospital
this morning following a house fire
in Nelson. Three people were in the
house on St Lawrence Street in the
city when the fire took hold shortly
after 3am, Andrew Norris of the Fire
Ser vice northern communications
centre said. The two-storey property
was extensively damaged in the
blaze, he said. Three people living in
the house all made it out safely. An
elderly person was taken to hospital
for obser vation, Mr Norris said. —
Aust help in poppy crisis
Australia has rescued New Zealand
from a poppy shortfall — further
proof that the Anzac spirit is alive
and well. The Royal New Zealand
Returned and Ser vices’ Association
did not have enough poppies to
meet the demand around this
year’s World War One centenary
commemorations, and its supplier
could not deliver at the expected
rate. So the Victorian branch of
the Returned and Ser vices League
offered to send more than 200,000
poppies to help out. — NZ ME
Four share Lotto win
Four tickets, sold in Palmerston
North, Takapuna, Waimauku and
Kaukapakapa, won their holders
$250,000 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1453 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 3, 4, 19,
21, 26, 33; bonus 20. Strike numbers
were 19, 33, 21, 3. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 4. There was no division one
winner. The Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Opunake. The winner
from Upper Hutt spun for $100,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11048:
2, 14, 15, 17, 19, 23, 24, 25, 30, 35, 38,
46, 53, 54, 64, 66, 70, 71, 74, 80. Draw
No 11049: 2, 5, 9, 15, 16, 31, 33, 35, 45,
47, 48, 50, 52, 54, 57, 65, 67, 72, 74, 75.
Draw No 11050: 3, 4, 10, 14, 21, 22,
25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 40, 51, 53, 54, 67, 68,
72, 73, 75. Draw No 11051: 3, 7, 12,
13, 14, 20, 24, 32, 39, 40, 47, 48, 54, 57,
65, 66, 71, 72, 73, 79. Draw No 11052:
47, 49, 62, 64, 65, 70, 72, 76. Draw No
11053: 2, 6, 14, 18, 21, 25, 41, 42, 43,
44, 48, 51, 53, 54, 55, 64, 69, 72, 74, 77.
Draw No 11054: 15, 21, 24, 30, 33, 38,
51, 53, 57, 58, 60, 61, 66, 69, 70, 71, 75,
77, 78, 80. Draw No 11055: 1, 5, 7, 9,
14, 15, 21, 26, 33, 39, 41, 43, 44, 48, 51,
52, 54, 55, 74, 80.
Police hunt Gallipoli medal thief
A tramper stung by wasps had to
be airlifted to hospital after suffering
a serious allergic reaction in a Bay of
Plenty forest yesterday.
The Rotorua-based Bay Trust rescue
helicopter was called to Whirinaki
Forest near Minginui at 1pm.
The helicopter ser vice said a 67-year-
old woman was airlifted from the Central
Whirinaki Hut to Rotorua Hospital for
About an hour later, the Waikato
Westpac rescue helicopter was called
to an organised trail ride event near
Ruawaro, west of Huntly, after a 14-year-
old Waiuku girl fell off her motorbike
and broke her upper right leg.
She was treated at the event by
medical staff and St John paramedics
before being airlifted with her father to
Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital for
Two other trail riders were airlifted to
hospital following accidents yesterday.
The Palmerston North-based rescue
helicopter was called to a trail ride south
of Foxton after an 11-year-old boy
injured his leg in a motorcycle accident.
He was stabilised on scene by St John
paramedics before being airlifted to
The helicopter was then called to a trail
ride near Foxton, where a man in his 20s
had suffered leg injuries in a fall from
his machine. He was also stabilised and
flown to Palmerston North.
Earlier, the helicopter was called to
Taihape after a man in his 20s inhaled
fumes from a fire extinguisher. He was
flown to Whanganui Hospital.
Further south, the Life Flight Trust
was called to Wairarapa after a beacon
activation. The crew found a local farmer
in his 50s had rolled his digger about
50m down a bank after the dirt road he
was driving on gave way. He was flown
to Wellington Hospital with moderate
injuries. — NZ ME
A hunter was recovering in hospital last
night after being rescued from the Pyke
River area in South Westland.
Maritime New Zealand’s Rescue
Co-ordination Centre (RCC) tasked
Aspiring Helicopters, of Wanaka, with
a search and rescue operation after a
beacon was activated by a hunting party
of four about 10am.
RCC spokeswoman Jessie Davis said a
member of the party who was ‘’unwell’’
was picked up and taken to Lakes
District Hospital, in Q ueenstown.
Wanaka police staff involved could not
A hospital spokeswoman said the
hunter was in a ‘’stable, comfortable
condition’’ late yesterday afternoon.
No further details were available last
night. — Otago Daily Times
Police on both sides of the
Tasman are hunting a thief who
pinched 12 medals awarded to a
New Zealand soldier who served at
The medals were taken from a
package that had been sent from
Melbourne to D unedin.
They were awarded to Trooper
Herbert George Garratt, who ser ved
with the New Zealand Mounted
Rifles Brigade. He also ser ved in
World War Two as a member of
the Royal New Zealand Air Force
and was a founding member of
the Wellington Gallipoli Veterans’
The medals were sent in a padded
post bag from a Melbourne post
office on February 4. The bag arrived
in Dunedin on February 12 but the
contents had been tampered with.
It originally contained six medals,
six miniature medals, a Gallipoli
lapel badge, an RSA badge, a ribbon
bar, ser vice records and medal
When the padded bag arrived in
New Zealand all the items except
the ser vice records and photos were
Victorian police, who are working
with officers in New Zealand to track
the medals down, said the bag was
resealed with tape after the medals
were stolen. It was not known when
they were removed.
Police are appealing for anyone
with information about the theft to
Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig
Foss was appalled at the theft.
“The theft of medals, earned
through such great personal sacrifice,
is disgraceful,” he said.
“Any time such a theft occurs is
Mr Garratt, originally from
Taihape, left for war in October
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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The Independent Police Conduct
Authority is deciding whether to
investigate a police chase that came
seconds before a teen driver was fatally
injured when his car plunged over the
edge of a bank near Tauranga on Friday.
Levi Green, 18, was spotted by police
driving along Mountain Rd, Oropi, with
a broken tail light. Officers signalled for
him to pull over, but he sped off and
within seconds disappeared over a bank.
He was thrown clear of the wreckage
and died on the way to Tauranga
The IPCA yesterday confirmed it had
been notified by police of the incident,
and would assess the information to see
whether it warranted a full investigation.
A decision was expected by mid-week.
Investigations into the cause of the
crash were continuing, including a police
inquiry into events leading to the crash.
Mr Green’s death came just 10 hours
after an Auckland family holidaying in
the South Island was involved in a crash
near Timaru, killing a young girl and
injuring five others.
Three members of the girl’s family
remain in hospital following the two
car collision on State highway 1, near
St Andrews, but no condition updates
would be released to the media.
“The family have requested privacy, and
have instructed us not to give any status
updates,” a Canterbury District Health
Board spokesman said.
However, it is understood that two
members of the family are still in a
critical condition and a third serious.
Two people from the second car
were earlier discharged from Timaru
Meanwhile, two sur vivors of a fatal
road smash south of Auckland yesterday
were in a stable condition.
Two women died following the
crash on State highway 22, near the
intersection with Blackridge Road,
around 6.40am yesterday. One died at
the scene, while another died during
surgery at Middlemore Hospital.
Two men remain in hospital, and were
both in a stable condition this morning.
One is in intensive care at Middlemore,
and the other was transferred to
Auckland Hospital, Newstalk ZB
Three Chinese nationals were in one
car and had only recently arrived in New
Zealand, police said.
Hours after the fatal crash, Rex
Sheldon, 88, died from injuries he
sustained after being hit by a light truck
in his mobility scooter on Friday.
He was struck while crossing the
intersection of Bush Road and Gordon
Road in Mosgiel. He died yesterday in
The truck driver has been inter viewed
by police and two witnesses have also
been spoken to. — NZ ME
Fashion giant Dior has created
a stink with a New Zealand
businessman by trying to ban him
from using his name.
Sirous Dior, from central
Auckland, registered his company
Dior Fine Art in New Zealand
The 34-year-old photographer
was stunned to receive a “heavy
breathing” letter two weeks ago
from the Australian lawyers for
Parfums Christian Dior ordering
him to stop using his name for
“At first I thought it was a joke,”
Dior said. “ Now I am having to
spend thousands of dollars I can’t
afford on legal advice to prove I
can use my own name. It is crazy.”
Melbourne-based law firm
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
wrote to the Aucklander saying
its client was “very concerned ”
about his use of, and his
company ’s applications “to
register trademarks containing
the name Dior”. They insisted
Dior and Christian Dior
Couture were registered owners
of numerous New Zealand
trademarks for, or including, the
The fashion house opened
a flagship store in Auckland’s
Queen Street in December.
The New Zealand Dior
was asked to withdraw his
applications to the Intellectual
Property office of New Zealand
within 14 days or Parfums
Dior “may have no choice” but
to pursue its opposition of the
Sirous Dior and Dior Fine Art
trademarks ... and “commence
The photographer has lived in
New Zealand since 1989 when
his family moved here from
Tehran. He officially changed
from his mother’s surname,
Badiei, to his father’s surname,
Dior, 15 years ago.
“A copy of my New Zealand
passport sent to the lawyers did
not seem to be enough proof it is
my real name,” he said. “ They are
being disrespectful and insulting
as well as behaving like bullies.”
New Zealand-based trademark
agent Murray Stott registered
the name for Sirous Dior last
year and was engaging lawyers
to defend claims made by the
“ Dior has acted oppressively
by sending this heavy breathing
letter to my client,” Stott said.
“ Mr Dior was very compliant and
even offered to put his first name
in front of the name he uses for
his business as a compromise but
that was ignored.”
A spokesman for the Intellectual
Property Office confirmed it had
examined and accepted Sirous
Dior’s trademark but could not
say anything further.
A spokeswoman for Corrs
Chambers Westgarth said the
firm would not comment as it was
a “ live matter”.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Dior blocks man from using own name
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Auckland photographer Sirous Dior feels victimised by the fashion brand.
A hunter is recovering in hospital after
being shot across the back by a fellow
Police said the 21-year-old was
out hunting in the Nukuhou area of
Whakatane with a small group of friends
on Saturday night when the incident
When a man and a friend went to
retrieve a deer they had shot, another
member of the party is believed to have
mistaken him for a deer and fired his
rifle at him, striking him in the shoulder
Police were now investigating the
In a statement, police described the
incident as a reminder to “all hunters
about the importance of following the
seven cardinal rules of the Arms Code,
and also a reminder that no hunting
trophy is worth having to live with the
consequences of killing a mate”.
“ Not following this basic advice could
lead to the loss of a firearms licence and
“ Even worse, a failure to adhere to the
rules could result in your living with the
knowledge that you killed or seriously
injured a friend or fellow hunter.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Chef Dame Alison Holst is no
longer cooking, even at home — one
of the saddest parts of her decline
into dementia, her family says.
“It is very frustrating for her. It ’s
hard for her to be let down by her
memory. It ’s hard for us to watch as
well,” son Simon Holst said.
“But to see her out of the kitchen,
it makes me the saddest. I never
thought I’d see that. ”
Dame Alison, 77, New Zealand’s
first celebrity chef, officially hung
up her apron last year with her final
column running in her local Orewa
newspaper last month.
She first appeared on television
screens in 1965, and has since written
more than 100 recipe books aimed at
Mr Holst, who has been working
alongside his mother for the past 20
years, said it was a difficult time for
the family as the illness took hold.
“Dementia is nothing to be ashamed
of or embarrassed about,” he said.
“ But it’s hard watching someone
you love slipping away, watching her
world shrinking. She can’t do some of
the things she used to do. You know,
she was such a great traveller.”
Dame Alison was being looked after
at home in Orewa by her husband,
Peter, and Mr Holst said his dad was
doing an “impressive job”.
“There are good days and bad days.
We are trying to avoid situations
that get her confused, things like
deadlines,” he said.
“S he is happy most of the time.
Alison is still Alison but just slightly
Mr Holst said he had been humbled
by the support since it was made
public yesterday that his mother was
“ We have had some lovely messages.
And I don’t want to put words in
Alison’s mouth but I know she would
be grateful for those messages.”
He said being named, twice,
among New Zealand’s most trusted
people had been an honour for
Dame Alison. She loved being
involved in people’s lives and felt
fortunate to have been able to
spend 50 years pursuing her passion
Tributes to Dame Alison included
messages from New Zealand chefs as
well as home cooks.
Masterchef judge and celebrity
chef Simon Gault tweeted: “Sad to
hear the legendary Alison Holst has
retired. A fantastic Kiwi we should be
proud of. ”
Radio host Alison Leonard said:
“So sad to hear of Alison Holst
dementia diagnosis ... She taught me
a nifty trick with preser ving. Grateful
love to her family”.
Dame Alison has published
more than 100 books, defining her
“everyday cooking”, selling more than
three million copies.
Her career began as a home
science lecturer at the University of
She first appeared on television
screens in 1965, a few months after
the introduction of television to New
In 2011 she was made a Dame
Companion of the New Zealand
Order of Merit.
When she first started her
show was so popular it could affect
supermarkets. For example, if she
mentioned seafood, the industry had
Her very first on-air recipe was
for meatloaf . She put hardboiled
eggs in it which people thought was
“ wonderful”, she said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Ailing Alison Holst forced to give up cooking
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Dame Alison Holst with husband Peter on the beach near their Orewa
home in 2010.
A lawyer acting for a psychiatric
patient will fight to overturn a smoking
ban at mental health units in the Court
of Appeal this month.
Barrister Richard Francois said patients’
lives were at risk because they had been
told to smoke off the grounds or at
the fence line and were unsuper vised.
Patients in secure units were not able to
smoke at all.
He said he would argue in court that
the policy had killed more psychiatric
patients than smoking-related diseases.
He said the smoking ban was at least
partly to blame in six cases where people
had died since the law was introduced in
Last month Nicky Stevens, a patient
at the Waikato District Health Board’s
Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre, died
in the Waikato River after being let out
on unescorted leave. It was understood
he was left unsuper vised while having
a cigarette at the fence line and left the
In 2010, Christine Morris was a
patient at the same unit when she was
able to walk off the premises and kill her
neighbour, Diane White.
Morris had told her psychiatrist only
minutes before her escape that she was
going to kill her neighbour - but she was
still left unsuper vised to have a cigarette.
Francois said those cases highlighted
that patients should be allowed to smoke
in secure sections within the grounds or
in dedicated smoking rooms.
He added that despite district health
boards providing patients with smoking
cessation courses, they did not want to
“ It ’s crazy. We predicted there would
be more instances like this,” he said. “ The
court didn’t listen. They listened to the
health board and they had their experts
saying that won’t happen here. And it
Francois will appear for his client, who
has name suppression, in the Court of
Appeal later this month in an attempt
to overturn a 2013 judicial review that
ruled patients had no right to smoke
within the grounds of the Waitemata
District Health Board.
His 33-year-old client has a psychotic
disorder and is sometimes confined to
the intensive care unit which patients are
not allowed to leave to smoke.
The patient has told authorities that
when he is forced to stop smoking he
“gets irritable and at times angry”, and
feels “as though part of my freedom is
taken away from me”.
The 2013 High Court ruling found the
DHB had the power to implement a no-
smoking policy to protect patients, staff
and visitors from smoke and to promote
the cessation of smoking.
It also found the policy did not breach
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Battle on to stub
out smokes ban
The 20-year-old student who was
killed when his car and a truck collided
on State highway 2 in Kerepehi on
Friday morning has been named.
Dilbag Singh Sekhon, 20, was from
India but had been living in Katikati,
Inspector Frank Grant said.
“ He had been here about 12 months
and may have felt comfortable driving
on our roads,” Mr Grant said.
“Conditions at the time were dry
but overcast and as we know all roads
demand the respect of all road users,
regardless of nationality. ”
Police were working to Mr Sekhon’s
family to facilitate the return of his body
to India. — NZ ME
Crash victim named
RSA takes aim at flag change process cost
The RSA says the process involved
in changing the flag is unnecessarily
complicated and costly.
Over the next few weeks
Parliament ’s justice and electoral
committee will consider the New
Zealand Flag Referendums Bill,
reporting back to Parliament by
RSA chief executive David Moger
said the association would take its
support for the country’s flag to the
He said the RSA’s main
concern was the process of the
decision, which would cost about
“A two question referendum is
unnecessary and far too expensive.
Our preference is that it should be a
simple question up front — do you
want to change the flag?”
The RSA said Anzac day should
highlight the importance of
keeping the current flag.
Mr Moger said there was no need
to change it.
“That is the flag that we have had
for the past 100 years, and it’s a flag
under which tens of thousands of
New Zealanders have committed
their lives to service and died
under it, and that ’s part of our
history and our heritage.”
No apology for Gallipoli: Key
Prime Minister John Key said
he would not be apologising for
New Zealand’s role in the invasion
Gallipoli a century ago.
On the eve of the World War
One’s centenary, a prominent
Turkish-New Zealander has called
on the Government to say sorry for
the offensive that claimed 86,000
Ottoman lives — almost twice the
number of Allied soldiers killed.
“It would be a very humane and
befitting New Zealand gesture
that Turks would welcome greatly.
From the depth of my heart, I feel
New Zealand is mature enough to
do that,” Nejat Kavvas, a former
diplomat who lives in Auckland,
said last week.
But when Mr Key was asked if
he should apologise on behalf of
New Zealand for the bloodshed of
100 years ago, he replied: “No.” A
spokeswoman for this office said:
“The Prime Minister has been
invited to Gallipoli by the Turkish
government. He will use the
occasion to pay his respects to the
people of Turkey, to commemorate
a historic campaign for our
countries, and to remember those
who sacrificed their lives on both
During the landings on Turkish
soil on April 25, 1915, the Allies
suffered heavy casualties but the
military top brass were desperate
to push on. O ver the next eight
months, there were 141,547
casualties with 44,150 dead. Robust
Turkish record-keeping dispels the
myth the Turks did not suffer as
much as the Allies.
There were 251,309 Turkish
casualties, with 86,692 dead.
Mr Kavvas, who emigrated to
New Zealand in the late 1970s, is
critical that some Anzac historians
have failed to give a balanced view
of the conflict.
“History is a positive science,
like physics or chemistry, it is not
gobbledegook. Like all positive
sciences, you look at all angles,
and make a positive deduction
“But it hasn’t always happened
that way and that is one of the
main reasons that Kiwis have never
really found out what happened at
Gallipoli,” he said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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