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Crash claims life
A man has died following a crash
in Southland on Saturday. The crash
happened on State highway 96 at
Winton-Wreys Bush Highway, about
10km from Winton, about 5.45pm,
police said. It was believed a vehicle
travelling towards Winton lost control
and hit a tree. The sole occupant
had to be cut out and was rushed to
Southland Hospital. He died before
reaching hospital. — NZM E
Body in burning car
Police are calling for sightings
of a car as an investigation into a
body found in a burned-out vehicle
near Nelson continue. Police have
asked anyone who saw a 1995 silver
Nissan Sunny Saloon between 1pm
and 2pm yesterday in the area of
the Whangamoa Saddle, north of
Nelson, to contact police. Police are
also interested in speaking to anyone
who has information about any vehicle
parked on the side of the road on State
highway 6 on the Whangamoa Saddle
between those times. — NZM E
A man suffered spinal injuries
after crashing on a challenging
mountainbike trail in the central
North Island yesterday. The 42-year-
old man crashed on the 42 Traverse,
which runs through the Tongariro
Forest conser vation area. The man was
flown to Waikato Hospital. — NZ M E
Man badly hurt
Police are investigating how a
45-year-old man was badly hurt in
Wellington on Saturday night. The
man had serious head injuries when
he arrived at a Main Road house in
Titahi Bay shortly after 11pm, police
said. He was taken to Wellington
Hospital. Police have not yet been
able to speak to the man. — NZME
Hawke’s Bay Lotto wins
Two tickets, sold in Napier and
Hastings, shared the division one
prize in Lotto draw No 1456 on
Saturday. Successful numbers were
8, 13, 27, 32, 36, 37; bonus 24. Strike
numbers were 36, 8, 37, 27. There
were two Strike Four winners, from
Christchurch and Hamilton, each
taking home $68,339. Powerball
number 7. There was no division one
winner. The Winning Wheel ticket
was sold in Invercargill. The winner
from Tolaga Bay spun for $125,000.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11132:
48, 49, 51, 61, 64, 66, 67, 68. Draw No
11133: 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 30,
34, 40, 41, 42, 51, 52, 55, 64, 68, 72, 78.
Draw No 11134: 11, 14, 15, 16, 19, 34,
35, 36, 37, 38, 43, 47, 55, 59, 60, 65, 66,
68, 71, 77. Draw No 11135: 2, 6, 12,
13, 14, 25, 30, 32, 34, 36, 44, 55, 58, 61,
63, 66, 72, 76, 77, 78. Draw No 11136:
56, 69, 70, 74, 76, 77, 79, 80. Draw No
11137: 1, 7, 13, 18, 25, 27, 29, 30, 33,
35, 44, 46, 49, 50, 57, 69, 75, 76, 78, 80.
Draw No 11138: 2, 6, 16, 19, 24, 30,
31, 38, 40, 42, 43, 44, 50, 59, 60, 67, 69,
70, 72, 75. Draw No 11139: 8, 10, 11,
25, 27, 28, 29, 37, 39, 40, 49, 51, 55, 56,
57, 61, 62, 70, 73, 77.
Porky pig pins would-be saviour
wizardry has given five grieving
families insights into what their
children might have looked like
today had they not been cruelly
snatched from them in road
Sir Peter Jackson’s Oscar-
winning visual effects studio
Weta Digital paired with an
Australian forensic artist for a
year-long project by road safety
“It’s just magical,”
video shop manager Sharlene
Barnett said yesterday of an
“age progression” photo of her
daughter Krystal Bennett.
She was killed in a head-on
collision with a drugged driver in
Upper Hutt in 2005, aged 18.
Krystal had left her family
home just five months earlier
for Wellington, where she was
a promising saleswoman in an
electronics shop and saving
money to travel overseas.
But she was killed as she
headed home from work by a
vehicle on the wrong side of the
road. A 12-year-old boy who was
a passenger in the other vehicle
was also killed.
Now Mrs Barnett and her
husband Malcolm can build
on memories of her, thanks
to the Brake project, which
has culminated in a website to
commemorate United Nations
Road Safety Week, which starts
An image of Krystal as she
might have looked today, aged
28, and those of four other
youngsters who died on the
roads are on display at www.
“They represent just one week’s
lost potential — five New
Zealanders who were denied a
future,” Brake director Caroline
Bereft families supplied photos
not just of their dead children but
of brothers, sisters, parents and
grandchildren to help Australian
artist Kevin Darch build up
identikit-style portraits of how
they may have developed.
His portraits were then
sent to Weta Digital, which
computerised 3D models, before
adding details such as hair,
eyebrows and skin tone.
Ms Perry acknowledged that
some people may look askance
at the exercise, but said Brake
had worked for a long time with
families in Britain and New
Zealand, and had kept project
participants involved “every step
of the way ”.
“Some might say it may be a
bit spooky, but a lot of families
do wonder what their children
might look like today. ”
Mrs Barnett said she had no
qualms, even if being shown
the image of “Krystal at 28” a
fortnight ago had produced yet
another watershed of tears.
“ We just felt it was a privilege,”
“ We said (to Brake), if you
want us to be part of it, we’d do
everything we can to help, to
remind people that every week
five New Zealand families are
robbed of a future.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Images of lost
loved ones recreated
A hungry pig has trapped a terrified
motorist in her car in an attempted
The “ big pig’’ — a kunekune-cross
managed to climb halfway into
the vehicle of a parked motorist
at the intersection of Purakaunui
Road and Heyward Point Road,
near Aramoana, yesterday afternoon,
Dunedin City Council animal
control officer Alister Wilden said.
“ He was hungry and a person has
stopped and they had some food and
he’s tried climbing into the car and
trapped the person,” Mr Wilden said.
The woman was freed thanks to the
quick thinking of a passerby.
“A passerby has grabbed the hind
legs of the pig and dragged him out
of the car,” he said.
The pig then returned to his
paddock, accompanied by the
passerby and without incident.
The pig was “probably 150kg”, Mr
“He was pretty big,” he said.
“It would have been quite traumatic
for the woman involved. ”
The incident was initially reported
as a “wild boar attacking people” but
this pig’s tale was not as curly as was
first thought. That report “wasn’t
quite true”, Mr Wilden said.
The owners of the tame-yet-
hungry pig were not home but Mr
Wilden had left a note, asking them
to contact him.
“ It must be pig day,” he said.
“ I have picked up another pig up
in Middleton Road — a wee piglet. ”
The tan and black “ wee wild pig”
was wandering the road yesterday
morning and taken by animal control
“Hopefully we will find the owner
of that one as well,” he said.
— Otago Daily Times
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The owners of a Carterton family
farm park are urging pet owners to
get their rabbits vaccinated, after 13 of
their pure-bred bunnies were killed by
the deadly calicivirus.
Over the last few weeks Leanne
and Clayton Brown, of Wallowing
Heights, have lost almost all of their
prized rabbits, including flemish
giants, angoras and netherland
dwar ves, after the fast-acting virus
spread through three separate
enclosures on the property.
Mrs Brown said she never imagined
their rabbits could come into contact
with the virus.
“They just started dropping dead,
pretty much. You lose one and you
start looking at what you are doing
and thinking it ’s connected.
“It was devastating because we
questioned what we’d done wrong.
We didn’t know a lot about calicivirus
but we truly thought we were safe
because they were enclosed.” After the
first rabbits died, they threw away the
rabbit food and switched to organic
greens as well as switching from tap
water to bottled.
The sick rabbits were isolated but
the virus still spread, eventually killing
all but one adult and six baby rabbits,
which were still immune to the virus
due to their young age.
The rabbits displayed few symptoms
and died very quickly, mostly
overnight, Mrs Brown said.
“They were healthy one minute and
dead the next.
“I never imagined that this would
happen, and in such a short time. We
went from having oodles to just these
The park is a memorial to Alexis
Still and Chrisjan Jordaan, who died
jumping from the burning basket
during the Carterton balloon crash,
landing in the Browns’ paddock.
It is home to a variety of animals,
including pigs, chickens, parrots,
bearded dragons, blue-tongued skinks
With their five-month-old grandson
in Wellington Hospital with an
undiagnosed ailment, the loss of the
rabbits felt like a double blow, Mrs
The couple did not know what killed
the rabbits until they paid for an
autopsy, which confirmed it was rabbit
calicivirus disease (RCD), a highly
infectious, often fatal viral disease
that was introduced illegally into New
Zealand in 1997 in an attempt to curb
wild rabbit infestations.
Mrs Brown urged owners to be
aware of the virus and get their rabbits
“ I think it’s about $36 but even the
cost of replacing one rabbit, and the
heartache — you can’t really replace
them — it ’s not the same.”
Veterinarian at South Wairarapa
Veterinary Ser vices Richard Kirton
said he was aware of another owner
who had lost three or four rabbits to
the disease last week, and the clinic’s
laboratory had advised there had been
other cases in the Hutt and Taranaki.
While the virus is generally thought
to be spread by direct contact with
infected rabbits, it could also be
spread through contact with infected
bedding, water bowls and hutches, Mr
Kirton said. “It can be windborne as
well, but generally it ’s thought to be
rabbit-to-rabbit or infected urine or
The disease has a mortality rate
— N Z ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Calicivirus kills pet bunnies
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
Wallowing Heights owner Leanne Brown with granddaughter Alexis Naera,
four, and one of the farm’s orphaned rabbits.
PM tries to
The Prime Minister says
he was not being sexist by
tugging on an Auckland
waitress’s ponytail and he
could have done it to a
John Key was on his
way to Gallipoli when
“ponytail-gate” was making
headlines and is expected
to face questions on the
incident in Parliament
Speaking on Radio New
Zealand this morning, Mr
Key said he did not have
an issue with physical interactions with
people because he took “thousands” of
selfies each day and had people coming
up to him and putting an arm around
him on many different occasions.
“It’s a fairly tactile world we live in,” he
Mr Key revealed he had taken legal
advice as a private prosecution had been
launched against him, and the waitress
looks set to take court action of her own.
The “casualness” of his character was
considered a strength in his role as Prime
Minister, Mr Key said, but that would
change in the wake of ponytail-gate.
“That behaviour has to change and it
will change, I accept that fully,” he said.
Mr Key told Radio NZ he regretted
his actions and he hoped he had not
embarrassed New Zealand.
The incident was reported in media
around the world.
“Clearly I’ve misread the situation,” Mr
Key said. “ I can absolutely assure people
it was really meant in good humour and
“ But every person on the planet would
accept that I should have read that
situation better. And I clearly didn’t
and I regret that and I’ve
apologised sincerely for it. ”
He said he did not believe
it was sexist behaviour and
he “could’ve” done it to a
“There is a bit of context
there. And the context
was a very good natured
environment that we were
in and it was very much a
sort of thing in jest. So yes,
technically it would have
been possible. ”
Serial litigant Graham
McCready is preparing
claiming that Mr Key committed assault.
Waitress Amanda Bailey, 26, is also
considering legal action and is getting
advice from Unite Union.
Mr Key said his legal advice was “ just
a natural part of the process I need to
He added: “On the basis that the
District Court or others ask questions
I obviously need to be in a position to
respond to that.”
He also revealed Judith Collins could
be back in cabinet if a post became
Mr Key said that Ms Collins’s return
to cabinet was subject to a position being
The Prime Minister said an MP whose
brother was facing indecency charges
would not be stepping down because it
would set a precedent that could extend
to other family members.
Mr Key said he took advice on the
issue when the MP approached him last
week to inform him of the court case.
“A minister shouldn’t have to step down
because one of their family members has
a problem that they ’re dealing with,” he
said. — NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Key says could have done it to a man
Vaughan Te Moananui had his demons.
But he never wanted to hurt anybody
only himself — his stepfather Chris
Simpson said yesterday.
Mr Simpson said the 33-year-old had
battled mental health issues for several
Mr Te Moananui was shot dead at a
house in Thames by police on Saturday
A grandfather, he lived in nearby
Kopu, where police were initially called
for assistance about midday. He left the
property and was found at his sister’s
house in Campbell Street, Thames, by the
Waikato armed offenders squad just before
4.30pm. He was in an agitated state.
Witnesses, relatives and neighbours
heard shots fired before watching the
squad members storm the
Mr Te Moananui was
given CPR before St John
staff took him away on a
stretcher. He died soon
after in Thames Hospital.
His body was returned to
his whanau yesterday after
an autopsy in Auckland.
Mr Simpson said despite
Mr Te Moananui’s tough
appearance, he had a kind heart. But he
struggled with the thoughts in his head.
“ He was soft (guy), but he had issues.
He’d had demons haunting him for
years and that ’s the reason why he did
what he did. But he loved his mother
and he loved his family. He just couldn’t
take the pressure and things were just
going against him.
“ We don’t actually know
too much what happened.
We were dealing with
ongoing issues with
Vaughan so we know that
there were things there, but
we don’t know what drove
him to it, we don’t know
what the final straw was.
“ He was with family
when he did it; he’d just
arrived there when he did it. ”
Mr Simpson said they still wanted
clarification from the four official
investigations that were now under way.
“ We know pretty much what happened
in ourselves but we need to have an
official version. We’re not holding any
grudges against police, that ’s the main
He said Mr Te Moananui also had
not held any grudges against them. “He
was just a lost soul. He didn’t intend on
hurting anybody. (It can’t have been)
nice for anyone else to see, and even the
police with having to deal with it.”
Next-door neighbour Win Castle said
she, her husband, Alick, and friends
from Auckland watched the drama
unfold from their lounge. “ We were able
to see the armed offenders (squad) take
a couple of pot shots at the house and
then them all running towards the house
where (Mr Te Moananui) was.”
Mrs Castle said they saw armed officers
fire what they believed to be two shots
into the garage from across the road and,
shortly after, they heard two more.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
Family knew of shot man’s ‘demons’
The Salvation Army says housing
problems like overcrowding, previously
seen mainly in the country’s big cities,
are spreading to the provinces.
It claimed demand for its ser vices was
going up for the first time in three years
after it stabilised after the Global
The group pinned the increase on
greater needs outside New Zealand’s
main centres. Every week, it said, 314
people sought help from the organisation
for the first time.
Salvation Army head of community
ministries Pam Waugh said the
organisation was hearing more reports
of several families living in one house in
provincial towns as well as people living
in their cars.
Ms Waugh said one or two unexpected
bills could force low-income families on
to the street.
“ For a while, we have been concerned
that an itinerant and impoverished
segment of our society is becoming a
permanent feature,” she told Radio New
“They say a rising tide lifts all boats, but
if you don’t have a boat, you face the risk
Ms Waugh said the stress was also
spurring domestic violence, which was
increasing as people struggled to cope
with financial pressures.
“ It’s not just related to Auckland, which
of course has a significant demand for
housing, it’s spread further into other
areas, such as Greymouth has got a
big increase in it, Hamilton is noticing
it and across those regional areas we’re
seeing more and more of it.”
Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
said there had been a lot of lay-offs on
the West Coast since the Pike River
Mine disaster and the drop in the coal
“ Jobs are harder to get. We have a low
unemployment here still of just over 5%
but, nevertheless, there’s a huge amount
of pressure out there,” he said.
“Concentration from Government
needs to go on to provincial New Zealand
for housing, as well as Auckland. ”
Mr Kokshoorn said he could not
recall a new State house being built in
Greymouth in more than a decade.
Meanwhile, a new report has
suggested Auckland’s expensive housing
market could lead to increasing prices
Last week, the average asking price for
property nationally hit a new high of
$522,000 and $790,000 in Auckland.
The Auckland University paper said
the city’s current housing “bubble”
followed one about 10 years ago, which
ended with the global financial crisis.
The author, Ryan Greenaway-
McGrevy, said during that earlier bubble
the high-cost of Auckland property
spread to other main centres — and
if trends repeat, the same thing will
happen now. — NZ N
Pressure on Coast, too — Kokshoorn
A new coin is being minted in
New Zealand to commemorate
the birth of the royal princess.
The newest royal, whose name
is not yet known, was born at
8.34am on Saturday UK time
(7.34pm NZT) weighing 8lbs
3oz (3.7kg) — less than three
hours after the Duchess of
Cambridge was admitted to
There will be 1000 coins made
depicting a traditional baby
carriage and the birth date,
with a silver fern and English
rose intertwined on the rim.
The design has been approved
by Buckingham Palace.
New Zealand Post spokesman
Simon Allison said the decision
to mint the coin reflects
the “huge affection” New
Zealanders have towards the
A coin was also minted by
New Zealand Post to mark the
birth of Prince George in 2013,
incorporating a stylised koru,
which sold out quickly.
The organisation is the only
official issuer of legal tender
commemorative coins in New
Delivery of the new coin is
expected in July and coins are
available for pre-order.
The new coin has already
generated a lot of overseas
interest but New Zealanders
would get the first chance to
purchase one, Mr Allison said.
The coin to commemorate
Prince George’s birth sold out
within two weeks and NZ Post
was expecting a lot of interest
this time around, he said.
“There’s a certain mana or
status about this coin,” Mr
“There’s bound to be other
memorabilia out there but a
coin that ’s officially by New
Zealand has a lot of sentimental
value. There’s something special
about Wills and Kate and the
public has really connected with
them.” — NZME
New coin to mark royal bir th
Police search dog missing
A police search and rescue
dog is still missing in bush in
called Thames, went missing
yesterday afternoon in the Mount
Holdsworth area during a team
training exercise. It was last seen in
the Totara Creek-Red Creek area.
Teams stayed in the bush
overnight to try to find Thames.
Farmers and trampers in the
area are being urged to keep an
eye out for it. — NZME
Kayaker’s body recovered
A kayaker’s body was pulled
from rough surf at Muriwai
A full-scale sea, air and
land search for the kayaker
was launched about 2.25pm
involving the Muriwai Volunteer
Lifeguard Ser vice, police and
Westpac rescue helicopter.
The kayaker’s body was found
about 90 minutes later, lifeguard
ser vice president Tim Jago said.
It was spotted in the water and
a surfer paddling nearby stayed
with the body until rescuers
could recover it.
A police spokeswoman said
the victim’s name would not be
released until next of kin had
It was understood the man was
at the beach alone, paddling in
the 2m swells when his kayak
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
On-line retail spending continues to
grow, with March spending up 11% on
the previous year according to the latest
BNZ on-line retail sales report.
The sur vey found on-line spending
in New Zealand alone was up 7% on
the previous year, outpacing growth in
physical stores with sales growth up 5%
based on electronic card transactions.
The strong overall growth was largely
boosted by food and liquor sales, up
23%, and electrical goods, up 17%.
The two categories collectively made
up around half of the increase in total
online spending in the last 12 months.
The biggest growth was seen at
international on-line sites with growth
up 18% on the same month last year,
and according to the sur vey this would
continue to grow.
“ Regardless of the weakening in the
dollar against the greenback, on-line
spending at offshore sites is still growing
extremely strongly — up 18% on the
monthly spending in March 2014,” the
sur vey said.
“On-line spending at international
merchants for the March quarter
is up $40 million on the same
three months last year; 60% of that
increase was driven by clothing,
computers and peripherals, electrical
and electronic goods, entertainment
media and specialised foods including
In an earlier report, BNZ said the
United States and the United Kingdom
were the most significant on-line sales
sites accounting for 30% and 18%
respectively of overseas spending.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
On-line shopping growth
beats physical stores
Vaughan Te Moananui
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