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A Bay of Plenty man is
teaching his dog to become a
surf life-saver in what is believed
to be a New Zealand first.
Thomas Yule has been training
his two-year-old 60kg-plus
Newfoundland, Ted, to help
rescue people from the surf —
similar to a human lifeguard.
Mr Yule said the
internationally accredited water-
rescue dogs wore a custom-made
life jacket with handles attached.
People held on to the handles
while being towed in.
In some cases the dog will
tow a patient while its handler
administers first aid or helps
calm the patient. However, the
dogs are trained to complete
Mr Yule pitched the idea --
dubbed the SLSNZ K9 Water
Rescue Dogs Project -- to Surf
Life Saving New Zealand and
received its backing.
Omanu Surf Life Saving Club
director of lifeguards Allan
Mundy said it was a very good
idea that was well-researched
and well-presented by Mr Yule.
He said he was keen to see the
result, but SLSNZ was not able
to fund the project.
Mr Yule, an Omanu Beach Surf
Lifesaving Club member, has
since taken his project on-line
with a Givealittle and Facebook
“I personally got the idea to
bring it in about 15 years ago,
when I was about 10,’’ he told
the Bay of Plenty Times.
“Back then we had another
Newfoundland; we knew he
could swim quite well. Then I
got pretty involved in Surf Life
Saving New Zealand.’’
Mr Yule said there were water-
rescue dogs overseas but they
mostly worked in still water such
as lakes and rivers.
Training involves daily
excursions to the beach or
flat-water locations such
as Fergusson Park or Lake
“He’s going to be able to swim
3km to 5km and be able to tow
about 12 to 14 people quite
consistently through the surf
environment and be able to jump
off boats or rocks . . . and rescue
people who might need to be
expected to achieve an
international certification for K9
rescues from the International
Life Saving Federation.
“There are a lot of experts
internationally that we will be
pulling on and developing our
own sort of training, especially
with our beaches,’’ Mr Yule
“That ’s the exciting thing for
us, to bring it to New Zealand
beaches. This is untapped
ground, but it’s still early.’’
Mr Yule said Ted ’s sister had
joined him in his training and it
was exciting to see their progress.
Any dog could be trained but
Newfoundland dogs were ideal
for water rescue because of their
strength as swimmers, large paws
and powerful tail. They also had
a strong instinct to help when
needed, Mr Yule said.
“That instinct is probably the
biggest trait we are looking for --
a dog to see a human in distress
and go out without instruction
to help rescue that person.’’
Dogs were being used overseas
to help find bodies of drowning
victims, retrieve patients from
the sea or hard-to-reach coastal
areas, and even tow boats.
Ted had shown a natural
instinct for the water since he
“ We got down there when he
was real small and we tried a few
“ He’s not scared of water at all.
He’s running around, jumping
through the waves,’’ Mr Yule
“ He’s got the natural instinct so
it’s just getting their confidence
to see when to jump.’’
Mr Yule expected the
programme would reach fruition
by the end of two patrol seasons
“and hopefully we will have two
patrol dogs being internationally
certified and able to act as
—NMZ E -Bay of Plenty Times
of the NZ Herald
First is supporting
a campaign for
the referendum on
changing the flag
to first ask whether
people want it
changed at all.
said his party was backing a “fight for
the flag” campaign by the Returned and
Ser vices Association (RSA).
“New Zealand First backs the RSA’s
call for the first referendum to simply
ask, ‘Do you want to change the flag?’ If
the majority say ‘no’ then that should be
it,” Mr Peters said.
“ We challenge all other Members of
Parliament to publicly declare if they
will back the RSA’s call.
“Kiwis fought, died and were buried
under this flag. That has to count for
something since there are some things
that are beyond politics and our flag is
one of them.”
The Flag Referendums Bill sets out
the process and questions for the two
referendums, which are expected to cost
The first will be later this year and ask
voters to choose between four options
for a new flag. The second will pit the
most popular new flag design against the
current flag and ask voters to pick one.
Labour has also said that voters should
be asked whether they wanted to change
the flag in the first referendum.
The flag designs for the first referendum
will be decided on by a panel of 12 New
Zealanders chaired by former deputy
vice-chancellor of the University of
Canterbury, Emeritus Professor John
“The idea of two referendums is
not common sense when $26 million
would be better spent reinstating the
Gisborne-Napier rail line, double lane-
ing any number of one-way bridges in
Northland or funding most of the first
year of three-free GP visits for over 65s,”
Mr Peters said.
The RSA says it cannot afford to wait
until after the centenary of Anzac Day
this month to take its fight against
proposed changes to the country’s flag.
The New Zealand Flag Referendums
Bill was introduced to Parliament
last month and the closing date for
submissions on proposals to the justice
and electoral committee is Thursday,
RSA chief executive David Moger
said the timing of the flag debate was
“ We feel it’s inappropriate that these
submissions close two days before April
25 when we will all be standing there as
dawn breaks under the New Zealand
Flag,” Mr Moger said.
“ We would prefer to allow the
centenary to be commemorated without
distraction but we have been forced
to take action now because of the
End of 2015: Referendum One: If
the New Zealand flag changes, which
flag would you prefer? (Voters rank four
options in order of preference).
April 2016: Referendum Two: What
is your choice for the New Zealand flag?
(Voters choose between current flag and
chosen new design).
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of the Wanganui Chronicle
A prank gone wrong left a young Taihape
man close to death after a fire extinguisher
went off in his face.
The 20-year-old was struggling for breath
as St John paramedics rushed him to the
airfield in Taihape.
They were met by the Palmerston North
Rescue Helicopter and the man was flown to
The man’s condition was critical when
paramedics first began treating him. He was
in a serious condition by the time he was en
route to the hospital.
Helicopter pilot Lance Burns said they
were dispatched to Taihape on Sunday
morning for a young man who had inhaled
fumes from a fire extinguisher.
“I heard it was some sort of prank,” Mr
Burns said. He did not know any further
details about how the incident happened.
St John Ruapehu territory manager Mark
Fredericks said they received a callout for a
man about 16 minutes out of Taihape, who
was having breathing difficult “as a result of a
fire extinguisher going off in his face”.
“At one stage he was status one but
responded to our treatment on scene.”
Whanganui Fire senior station officer Gary
Wilson cautioned people to only use fire
extinguishers for putting out fires, and not to
aim them at people or animals.
“There’s a number of types out there.
Basically the main ones that you run into
are dry powder, which is basically baking
soda and CO2, which is carbon dioxide,”
Mr Wilson said.
“They ’re all stored under pressure ... I don’t
know what this one would have had but
any one of them used incorrectly, just the
pressure alone would endanger somebody’s
health ... they ’re designed to work away from
the body of course. Like anything they ’re a
tool, not a toy.”
While he could not say what exactly caused
the breathing difficulties without knowing
what type of extinguisher was used, the dry
powder could have got into the man’s nose
and down his throat.
“That ’s designed to actually smother a fire,
it ’s quite dense powder.” Another possibility
was that the carbon dioxide, an inert gas,
suffocated the man by “displacing” the
“Instead of getting the oxygen you’re going
to get a gas basically. It also could have
frozen part of the man’s face,” he said.
“Some of them are up to 9kg of powder
coming out at one hell of a rate. Just use
them as they ’re designed for — to put out
A man charged over an attack on an elderly
couple in their Onehunga driveway will
remain behind bars until next month.
The 29-year-old man appeared in the
Auckland District Court yesterday, where
interim name suppression was continued
until his next court appearance.
He faces six charges in relation to the
incident, in which the couple were beaten
unconscious by a man who stole their car.
The car was later caught on CCTV ramming
another car with a family inside.
On Saturday, Justice of the Peace Susan
Walker declined name suppression. However,
the man appealed the decision, so interim
name suppression was in place until yesterday.
In court yesterday, the man’s lawyer argued
that the defendant had not had time to inform
his family of the charges as he had been
held at the police station over the weekend
following an issue with overcrowding.
Judge David Sharp granted the continuation
of the interim suppression order until the
man’s next court appearance next month.
However, he said it was “ by quite a narrow
margin” and he saw “no reason not to” lift
suppression at the next appearance.
The defendant ’s lawyer did not apply for
bail, and he was remanded in custody.
Before he was led away, he shouted “love
you” to a small group of supporters in the
They waved back, and shouted “bye” as he
was taken down to the cells.
The man faces six charges, including two of
intent to injure over the attack on the elderly
couple, two counts of intentionally damaging
a vehicle, one of receiving a stolen car, and
another charge of unlawfully taking a vehicle.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old Otahuhu man
was due to appear in the Manukau District
Court today charged with unlawfully taking
a vehicle related to the incident.
The Onehunga couple suffered injuries
to their face when the wife pulled into the
driveway and was approached and verbally
abused by a man, police said.
The noise attracted her husband’s attention,
and when he came outside the attacker beat
He then attacked his wife and she too was
knocked unconscious, police said.
The couple were taken to hospital and left
with severely bruised faces and significant
They are currently recovering at home.
Media Works has confirmed plans to
axe TV3’s Sunday evening news hour in
favour of an hour-long mix of news and
The company yesterday formally
announced its 6pm 3News bulletin would
be shortened to half an hour on Sundays,
to be followed by a 30-minute weekly
current affairs show at 6.30pm.
The current affairs show 3D, formerly
3rd Degree, will be presented by
Samantha Hayes and D uncan Garner.
Media Works head of news Mark
Jennings said Sunday night was “a good
place for current affairs”.
“People are increasingly time poor and
we believe 30 minutes of news plus 30
minutes of current affairs is a winning
formula for this popular timeslot.
“This way we can guarantee a pacey,
high-quality product that will be
appointment viewing.” Mr Jennings said
investigative journalism would receive
dedicated resources under the sub-brand
3D Investigates, which was supported by
the NZ on Air Platinum Fund.
Garner will continue to host the Drive
show on Radio Live, while Hayes is the
co-host of TV3’s upcoming late news
David Farrier. — N ZM E
of the New Zealand Herald
A debt recovery claim filed in the United
Kingdom courts by the New Zealand
Superannuation Fund and 11 other claimants
against Portugese bank Novo Bank is
demanding repayment of $US612.7 million
($NZ821.5 million) including default interest.
Of that, some $US155m ($NZ207.8m) is
owed to the New Zealand fund.
The statement of claim filed in late February
was been made public yesterday and action
is also to be filed “imminently” by the Oak
Finance investors in Portugal against the Bank
The NZ Super Fund is joined in the
Portugese action by Avenue Capital Group,
Elliott Management Corp, Karrick Ltd, Silver
Point Capital, FFI Fund, Olifant Fund, and
The institutions and pension funds invest
globally directly or indirectly on behalf of
pensions, taxpayers and other beneficiaries and
are seeking to overturn a December decision
by the Portugese central bank to unexpectedly
reverse the fate of a US Oak Finance loan
made to Banco Espirito Santo weeks before
the Portugese lender collapsed amid fraud
The debt recovery claim is in US dollars
to reflect the payment obligations under
the loan facility. The four-year loan was
arranged by investment bank Goldman
Sachs through a finance vehicle called Oak
Finance Luxembourg SA which issued bonds
to investors in July last year. The $US784m
($NZ1051m) in bonds were secured against
the $US834m ($NZ1118m) loan obligation
It helped Portugal’s second-largest bank
finance a refinery in Venezuela owned by local
oil company which was a major creditor of the
bank. Goldman Sachs intended to sell down
most of the loan through Oak Finance but
ended up being stuck with some of the debt.
Less than a month after the bonds were
issued, Bank of Espirito’s financial situation
worsened and its chief executive detained for
questioning on suspicion of fraud and money
In August the Bank of Portugal reorganised
BES’s operations and assets, including
all senior unsecured debt, to a new state-
supported “good ” bank called Novo Banco
which is now named as the defendant in the
debt recovery proceedings.
The Bank of Portugal changed its mind
about including the Oak Finance loan to
Novo Banco after deciding interactions by
any party that had held 2% or more equity in
BES in the two years preceding the transfer
to the good bank would remain with the bad
In December it re-transferred the Oak
Finance loan back to BES with retrospective
effect and reaffirmed that view earlier this
The central bank’s position is that Goldman
Sachs, as a shareholder above that 2%
threshold, should not benefit from a bailout
through claims it is owed.
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PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Thomas Yule, of the Bay of Plenty, in a New Zealand first, is
training his Newfoundland dog, Ted, to become a certificated K9
water rescue dog on beaches.
Dog training for sea rescues TV3 Sunday news cutback
Sequel to attack on elderly couple
Fire extinguisher prank goes wrong
NZ Super Fund demands Novo Bank payments
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