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Tornado hits town
A small tornado has ripped through
a small town north of New Plymouth
this morning. Police and the Fire
Ser vice were called to Urenui about
1.13am, police shift Inspector Marty
Parker said. Fences and trees were
damaged as well as iron roofing on
a building. Urenui Bay Motel owner
Kerri Hulbert said the motel had not
suffered any damage but the ser vice
station opposite it had. The whole
front of the building had suffered and
parts of the roof had been pulled off,
she said. — NZME
Watch ban in exams
Massey University has announced
a blanket ban on all watches from
exam rooms to beat cheats. The move
follows the release of smartwatches
which have internet capabilities.
Massey University spokesman
James Gardiner said it was vital the
university maintained its integrity
during the examination process.
The university had not, to date,
had any reports of cheating with a
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Firefighters have rescued a four-
week-old puppy from a 2.5m-deep
soakhole. Stan and Liz Kite traced the
cries of their puppy to an unknown
soakhole under their Welcome Bay
deck. In an effort to rescue the puppy,
the Kites began to rip up their timber
deck to reach it but the soakhole
was too deep. Greerton firefighters
rescued it with a pole and rope with
a snare knot. The puppy was not hurt
but was “a little shaken” when it came
out. A grate has since been installed
on the soakhole.
— NZ ME -Bay of Plenty Times
Scrub fire under control
A large scrub fire has been blazing
for most of the night in a coastal
area north of Christchurch. The
Fire Ser vice was called to the 1ha
fire at Pines Beach near Kaiapoi
about 11.20pm and worked through
the night, shift commander Brent
Dunn said. It was under control
this morning. Two fire crews also
attended a fire which started in a
laundry of a Linwood property at
4.50am. Part of the house was “well
ablaze” when crews arrived, Mr
Dunn said. — NZ ME
The Fire Ser vice’s hazardous
materials unit attended a recreation
centre in Nelson Street, Auckland,
after a fire in a transformer. The Fire
Ser vice said the fire was contained to
the basement. The hazardous materials
unit was called to inspect the building
following the fire. — NZM E
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Unlicensed driver in collision with ambulance
The tragic deaths of two hunters has
led to a Government review of gun use
in the outdoors.
Associate Conser vation Minister
Peter Dunne said he urged the hunting
community to keep gun safety front of
“New Zealand has again been sadly
reminded that without following best
practice and taking the utmost care the
use of firearms can kill.
“Unfortunately there seems to be an
increasing frequency of firearm incidents
causing injury or death. The worst
aspect is that these incidents are largely
preventable,” Mr Dunne said.
“Incidents such as those over the
weekend have led me to begin the
process of initiating a review of unsafe
and illegal gun use in the outdoors.
“Such a review will be asked to
establish what the problems are, where
responsibility might lie, and ultimately
what we can do to reduce the risks of
death and injury due to improper gun
Both deaths Mr Dunne referred to
involved the accidental discharge of
Jamie Johnston, 15, was duck hunting
on Sunday when the gun he was using
accidentally went off and killed him.
The incident was followed several hours
later by the death of another hunter in
Feilding, who was killed when his gun
went off as he climbed over a fence.
Jamie’s mother Ginny Bellamy said
yesterday that she wanted people to
remember Jamie’s “sparkly brown eyes”.
“I want him to know that his family
love him and we already miss him. Other
families should hold their children tight.”
As well as examining potentially unsafe
use of guns in the outdoors, the review
will also cover the illegal use of firearms.
This follows increasing reports of
poachers and trespassers in rural areas
Mr Dunne said after the review he will
ask the Game Animal Council to take
the review ’s findings and work with the
hunting and outdoors communities.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A person has been hit by a freight train
and killed in Canterbury.
The incident happened about 3am,
near Ashley village in the Waimakariri
area of Canterbury and the person was
confirmed dead at the scene.
No details of the deceased will be
released until family has been fully
informed of the incident.
The driver of the train was being
supported by his employer who has given
him some time off work and offered
A spokesman for Kiwi Rail said it was
a difficult and distressing time for the
driver and urged members of the public
to be careful around railways.
“ We urge people to keep away from
the railway tracks and to only use official
The circumstances are not being treated
as suspicious by police and the case has
been referred to the coroner. — NZ ME
A $200,000 ambulance is off the
road after a head-on collision with
an unlicensed teenage driver on
State highway 12, north of Kaikohe.
The 18-year-old from Opononi was
flown by helicopter to Whangarei
Hospital in a serious condition with
injuries to his face and shoulder, after
colliding with an ambulance near
Taheke about 5am yesterday. He was
in a stable condition in hospital.
A female paramedic was driving
the empty ambulance towards
Kaikohe on a non-urgent job and
received minor injuries in the crash.
She managed to help volunteer
firefighters from Kaikohe free the
Kaikohe volunteer deputy chief
fire officer Wiremu Matene said the
Toyota had flipped on to its roof after
coming around a right-hand bend,
and had ended up off the road. The
collision happened on State highway
12 between Mangatoa Road and Te
Irenga West Road.
A St John spokesman said the
paramedic involved in the collision
filed an incident report and an
internal investigation was under way.
She was receiving support from St
John and a local St John manager
had attended the crash scene at the
A St John spokesman said an
ambulance from Auckland would be
driven to Northland to fill the gap
with the damaged vehicle being off
the road, ensuring there would be no
disruption to ser vice.
An ambulance is valued at
$150,000, with the equipment
inside worth another $50,000. It
was not yet determined whether the
ambulance would be written off but
it was extensively damaged.
Sergeant Dylan Robinson of
Kaikohe police spoke with the
18-year-old yesterday, who was not
previously known to police.
Mr Robinson said indications
were that fatigue was the main
factor in the collision and that the
driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
He understood the Toyota would be
He said the 18-year-old faced
charges of careless driving and of
driving without a licence.
The crash comes after 10 deaths in
separate incidents on New Zealand
roads over the weekend.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
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Prince Harry is with
Prime Minister John Key in
Christchurch this afternoon,
visiting Quake City, an interactive
exhibition that informs visitors
about the 2011 quakes and their
The popular prince made his
first visit to Christchurch this
morning to gasps of delight
from fans who spotted the tram
arriving at Quake City.
Molly Carling, 14, Natalie
O’Connell, 14, and Emily
Hendry-Kerr, 15, were gushing at
their first sight of Prince Harry.
“ We made eye contact,” Emily
They thought the prince, in a
light blue suit, was “ looking good,
The girls also snapped some
“I just can’t wait to see more of
him,” Molly said.
A big cheer erupted when got
off the tram, along with lots of
He was met by Christchurch
Mayor Lianne Dalziel, and was
flanked by Prime Minister John
Key and Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee.
Airport security was tight while
the route his motorcade took into
the rebuilding central city was
covered with police officers.
Sarah Murray, a curator at
Canterbury Museum which runs
runs Quake City, said Prince
Harry would speak with people
who had been affected by the
earthquakes, as well as key figures
in the city’s recovery.
Ms Murray said people were
excited, if a little ner vous, to meet
“From all reports he seems quite
likeable and quite a good talker,
someone you can easily chat to.”
She said the visit was significant
for the organisers behind the
“For us one of the great things
about this is that he asked to
come to quake city. ”
“So this is for us a really
significant visit and we hope it
helps people understand how
our city is developing after the
Later this afternoon he will visit
Canterbury University to meet
members of the volunteer student
In a candid inter view on
Stewart Island yesterday, the
Prince, fifth in line for the British
throne, said it would be great to
raise children and have “someone
to share the pressure” with.
“Of course, I would love to
have kids right now, but there’s
a process that one has to go
through and . . . tours like this are
great fun,” he said yesterday.
He said he was doing “all right ”
by himself, but left the door open
“ It would be great to have
someone else next to me to
share the pressure,” he said. “It
will happen when it’s going to
Yesterday, Prince Harry’s
planned private fishing trip on
Lake Wanaka was cancelled due
to wild weather.
The Wanaka stopover was not
part of the prince’s official New
Zealand itinerary, so exactly what
he got up to instead during his
short stay in the resort remains a
— N Z ME-Otago Daily Times
Christchurch folk meet popular prince
PICTURE: Getty Images
Prince Harry sits with pupils at Halfmoon Bay School in Oban just before he left Stewart Island
People will find more money in
their pay packet and motorists will
next year pay around a third of the
ACC levy they do now, under changes
announced by the Government.
However, the full extent of savings
will not be felt for two years, with levy
cuts of about $500 million coming in
over 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Labour leader Andrew Little this
morning said that if his party was
in power it would consider changing
ACC’s fully-funded model — a
system in which it sets levies based
on predicted future costs.
“ We had the pay-as-you-go model
for the first 25 years of the scheme, so
you can actually do it.
“The full-funding model applies
in a private insurance situation,” Mr
Little told Radio NZ ’s Morning
“This is not a private, competitive
insurance situation. This is the
socially-backed ACC scheme . . . it ’s
a good idea that ACC has healthy
reser ves — they ’ve got that.”
The Government is being accused of
overcharging businesses and workers
for their ACC cover.
Mr Little said the Government
should actually cut ACC levies
right now, because they had been
overcharging businesses and workers
and still were.
“ If you go back to the beginning
of this Government they engineered
this crisis about ACC and that they
had to put the levies up.
“They didn’t need to do that at all.
“ Now they ’ve got an embarrassment
of riches where ACC generates
huge surpluses, way beyond what
they need to meet their full funding
requirements,” he said.
“ Treasury, ACC and MBIE have
been advising the Government to
cut ACC levies, but they ’ve never cut
them to the extend that the advice
has told them to do — they’ve held
on to the cash.”
Employees pay levies through their
PAYE, according to how much they
They, along with businesses and
motor vehicle owners, would have
more money in the pocket when
levies were cut, ACC Minister Nikki
Kaye said yesterday.
Someone on a salary of about
$50,000 currently has an earners’
levy of about $747 taken from their
pay each year. This will drop to about
$711 in 2017.
If they also own a car, total levy
savings could be about $250.
A business earning about $1m a
year currently pays about $10,000
in levies. That could drop to about
$8000 in two years’ time.
Ms Kaye said the latest cuts —
based on financial projections and
therefore only indicative — would
take total levy cuts since 2012 to
about $2 billion.
“As an example, this year the average
ACC motor vehicle levy would fall
from around $330 to $195 a year.
“On current projections, this is
likely to fall further to around $120
next year, making the average motor
vehicle levy around one third of what
it is right now.”
National has moved on the issue
after charges by Labour that ACC
was being used to generate money
to try to reach surplus, and the
corporation’s chairman saying it was
likely in the best financial shape in its
Last year, the Government rejected
a recommendation from ACC that
levies for the 2015-16 year be cut by
21% for the work levy on employers,
and by 5% for the earners’ levy on
Instead the work levy was cut by
5%, and the earners’ levy remained
Labour leader Andrew Little said
yesterday ’s announcement showed
the Government had buckled to
pressure, but $500m over two years
was not enough.
“In March, Labour revealed New
Zealanders were being overcharged
$350m per year in the work and
earners accounts. The Government
has announced $375 million in cuts
next year, but this includes motor
Ms Kaye has also announced
legislation that would put in place a
new framework to set ACC levies,
taking effect in 2016-17 and giving
the Government involvement from
the start of the process.
Ms Kaye denied it was done to
avoid the political embarrassment of
the Government not cutting levies
as much as ACC recommended, but
rather was to enable better long-term
“Currently, we end up making those
levy decisions. All we are doing is
saying at the outset what the rules of
the game are.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Govt accused of manufactured ACC crisis
A six-year-old is now in critical
condition at Starship hospital after a
two-car crash on the North Shore last
Police said a people mover and a sedan
collided on Pupuke Road in Hillcrest
It was one of two serious crashes in
Auckland last night which left several
The six-year-old was rushed to Starship
and the child’s injured parent was
also transported to hospital, Inspector
Cornell Kluessien said.
An Auckland District Health Board
spokesman said the six-year-old was
brought to hospital in a serious condition
but the child was now critical.
A witness said she believed one of the
vehicles was pulling out of a driveway
on the suburban street when it was
“ T-boned” by the other.
No further information has been
Fire Ser vice spokesman Jaron Phillips
said the other crash happened at the
intersection of Great South Road and
the South-eastern Highway in Penrose
just before 6.30pm, and also involved
Mr Phillips said one person was
trapped in a car. The victim was believed
to have moderate injuries.
Meanwhile, a relative of a woman who
died in one of the weekend’s fatal car
crashes said lower speed limits would
not prevent such tragedies.
The victim, Judy Redfearn, 68, was
fatally hurt near Marton on Saturday
afternoon. The Palmerston North
grandmother was with her husband,
Fred, when their car and a another towing
a trailer collided at the intersection of
State highway 3 and Williamson Line
Whanganui residents Zane Town, 14,
and his mother Jenny Town, 41, also
Police want to talk to the driver of a
white van that was at the intersection at
The deaths were among 10 on the roads
at the weekend, prompting road policing
chief Dave Cliff to suggest some rural
roads might need lower speed limits.
But Mrs Redfearn’s sister Auriol
Hutchins, speaking from Queensland,
said speed limits were irrelevant to the
accident that killed her sibling.
Ms Hutchins, who has experience
of New Zealand rural roads, said bad
driving, especially in short passing lanes,
was a big problem.
Police have named the motorcyclist
who died after a five-vehicle crash near
Warkworth on Saturday.
Warkworth man Karl McCallion, 46,
died in the crash on State highway 1
near Satellite Station Road intersection
about 9.15pm, police said.
The incident involved four cars and a
motorcycle. The driver of one of the cars
was taken to North Shore hospital with
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Smash victim’s sister
speed limit talk
Facebook tributes are pouring
in for a keen young rugby player
who died after being thrown from
a vehicle he was travelling in with
Jarrad Blackler, 23, described by
a friend on Facebook as “one in
a million”, died from injuries he
received during a road accident near
Kurow early on Sunday morning.
He was a member of the Kurow
Rugby Club and four of his team-
mates and a supporter were among
the passengers in the car.
The crash occurred at 12:15am,
when their silver 1998 Toyota
Landcruiser left the road, rolling
several times, before coming to
rest in a paddock off Hakataramea
Valley Road, just east of Cattle
None of the occupants of the car
were wearing seatbelts and all six
were thrown from the vehicle.
A 25-year-old male passenger
remained in critical condition at
Christchurch Hospital, while the
39-year-old male driver remained
in a serious but stable condition at
Two other male passengers, aged
38 and 22, were yesterday being
treated for moderate injuries at
Timaru Hospital and a 22-year-
old female passenger was being
treated for moderate injuries at
Mr Blackler, who was from
Point, has been
Facebook as an “amazing guy ” with
a “ huge heart and a kind soul”.
“ You were a one in a million Jarrad
Blackler, how the hell we can go on
without you, I don’t know yet. You
have left such a hole in so many of
our hearts,” read one post.
Mr Blackler attended Waitaki
Boys’ High School and worked as a
shepherd at Haldon Station, a high
country station in the Mackenzie
“I remember when you walked
into our life at Haldon five years ago
as a pimply, teenager with braces,” a
co-worker wrote on Facebook.
“I’m struggling to cope with the
fact I’ll never see your cheeky grin
or hear that stellar voice alongside
those guitar playing skills again.
“It didn’t take long to realise what
a hard-working, dedicated, talented
and damn right handsome guy you
Following the accident, police
urged road users to ensure they
used appropriate safety restraints.
— NZ ME-Otago Daily Times
Kurow crash injuries fatal
Canterbury residents were shaken
awake by an earthquake this morning,
which followed two in the area overnight.
The most recent tremor, measuring 4
in magnitude, struck at 6.54am, GNS
It was centred 20km north-west of
Oxford and was 11km deep.
Nearly 50 residents in the area reported
feeling the shake.
Meanwhile, two light quakes were felt
in Christchurch overnight.
The first came at 11.30pm and was
10km south-east of Christchurch, GNS
The 8km deep shake had a magnitude
of 2.7 and 58 felt reports were recorded
between Dunedin and Blenheim.
The second quake, which was 9km
deep and had a magnitude of 2.9, came
at 3.15 this morning. It was 10km south
of Christchurch and had 57 felt reports
recorded in Christchurch.
Both shakes were classed as light by
Geonet. — N ZME
New Zealand fares better than most
OECD countries in terms of difference
between regions and main centres,
Economic Development Minister
Steven Joyce says.
A Salvation Army report is warning
disadvantages faced by those living in
the regions are growing.
The Mixed Fortunes report said if
those trends continued, there was a risk
that two New Zealands could be created
— Auckland and the rest.
It said there was a slight north-south
divide, with the South Island generally
faring better than the North Island,
Radio New Zealand reported today.
But there was also a rural-urban divide
in which cities were better shape than
their countryside neighbours.
Areas most disadvantaged were
Northland and Gisborne, whereas
Otago and Canterbury ranked highly.
Campbell Roberts, from the Salvation
Army ’s social policy and parliamentary
unit, said he was concerned about the
future of the regions if no action was
“The long-term result of that was to
find quite significant areas of social
dislocation and social harm into the
The research did not look at why
there were regional differences, but Mr
Roberts suspected the regions were
suffering because politicians targeted
policies at larger populations.
“The short-term nature of government
does lead to these sorts of inequities.
“ While we have a three-year
Parliamentary term I think we’re going
to struggle with these sorts of things
because politicians are often looking for
quick results — results which are more
spectacular, and of course they can go
to those areas where they impact most
Mr Joyce disagreed that there was risk
of two New Zealands and told Morning
Report politicians did not take a short
term approach on a geography basis.
He said the majority of regions were
doing very well.
“The South Island in particular is
doing well. Auckland is actually in the
middle of the pack in terms of economic
performance since the global financial
crisis. Parts of the North Island are
doing well and parts a are struggling.
The report criticised the Government ’s
growth model, which it described as
typically neo-liberal, saying it was
not directed at addressing regional
Report author Alan Johnson said a
long-term, cross-party agreement was
“ We need to think about a longer term
plan and beyond the three-year electoral
“ Have some goals that all parties can
sign up to, that says we are concerned
that all New Zealanders and all parts
of New Zealand share in the prosperity
rather than have it concentrated in one
or two places.”
He said there should also be a national
plan focusing on the needs of an ageing
population, and on the rural areas where
c limate change will have a major effect.
But Mr Joyce said there was no point
in a cross-party accord as progress in the
regions was determined by the level of
investment. — NZ N
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