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A man who died on a quad bike near Marton
on Monday has been named by police.
He was 41-year-old Matthew (Matt)
Beaven, of Marton.
The accident, happened on a farm just off
Tutanei Road near Marton, about 10am on
Police attended the scene with local
emergency ser vices, as well as a rescue
helicopter from Palmerston North. However,
Mr Beaven was pronounced dead at the
Police said they were continuing to
investigate the cause of the accident.
The accident was also under investigation
by Work Safe New Zealand, police said.
Police name dead quad bike rider Facebook to allow access to deceased accounts
It is normal to make
possessions and affairs after you
die — and now you can rest
assured your on-line life will be
taken care of as well.
Facebook has introduced to
New Zealand users a feature
that allows a friend or relative
to access a person’s account after
“By talking to people who have
experienced loss, we realised
there is more we can do to
support those who are grieving
and those who want a say in
what happens to their account
after death,” a statement from
the company said.
The feature, called Legacy
Contact, has been available in
the United States since February
and is being launched in New
Zealand, Australia and Japan
When notified of a user’s
death, Facebook will contact
their nominated contact and
memorialise their profile, adding
the word “remembering” above
The contact then has the ability
to write a post to display at the
top of the late user’s timeline,
respond to new friend requests,
update the profile and cover
photos and decided whether or
not the profile remains on-line.
With permission, they can
also download an archive
of the posts, photos and
profile information shared on
However, there is no need
to worry about embarrassing
private chats being accessed in
the afterlife — legacy contacts
have only limited access to your
profile and you can even decide
to have it permanently deleted
To set up the feature, open
settings, choose security and then
Legacy Contact at the bottom of
After choosing a contact,
Facebook gives an option to
message the user and let them
Just make sure you choose
that contact wisely, as your
on-line legacy could last forever.
Otago Lakes Central police are warning
Facebook users “not to take matters into their
The warning follows the assault on Kahu
Jordon Vincent in Wanaka early on Saturday.
Mr Vincent was taken to Dunedin Hospital
in a critical condition, and two men have been
charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Their names are suppressed.
In a press release yesterday, Queenstown
detective sergeant Brian Cameron said it
appeared a Facebook post “was the prompt for
two people to go to a residential address and
commit an assault”.
“Users of social media are not exempt from
criminal charges simply because they are acting
“Inciting, threatening or committing offences
on-line is viewed seriously by police and punitive
action will be taken where appropriate,” Mr
A police spokesman confirmed the press
release was issued as a result of the Wanaka
Both men were remanded in custody without
plea to appear in the Invercargill District Court
Mr Vincent ’s father, James Hemi Vincent,
said yesterday his attention was focused on his
son, who was still in a coma.
In respect of the Facebook posts, he said he
preferred people to “channel their energies in a
positive way ”. — Otago Daily Times
linked to attack Auckland
Police have now released the names
of all 11 people who died in crashes on
New Zealand’s roads over the weekend.
Yesterday, police named Darin McKay,
54, as the Auckland man killed in a crash
on Clevedon-Kawakawa Road about
3.45am on Saturday.
Mr McKay, who was a passenger in the
car, died at the scene. The driver suffered
Police yesterday also named two men
who died in a crash on a Christchurch
They were Warkworth men Grant
Wayne Corlett, 53, and David Anthony
The men were involved in a two-vehicle
crash on State highway 1 south of the
Waimakiriri River bridge on Saturday.
On Tuesday, police said Jarrad Ethan
Blackler, 23, had died in D unedin
Hospital after suffering critical injuries
in a crash on a rural North Otago road
early on Sunday morning, bringing the
road toll from the weekend to 11.
Whanganui residents Zane Town, 14,
and his mother Jennifer Town, 41, and
Palmerston North woman Judy Daryl
Redfearn, 68, died in a head-on collision
near Marton on Saturday.
A collision in the Bay of Plenty on
Saturday night claimed the lives of three
women from the same family.
Tevunga Vaea, 71, her daughter Louina
Vaea, 45, and daughter-in-law Takua
Vaea, 32, died when the minivan they
were in and a car crashed.
McCallion, 46, died in the crash on State
highway 1 near the Satellite Station
Road intersection about 9.15pm on
Saturday. — N ZM E
A truck stolen from a Martinborough
company made it all the way to the Chatham
Islands before being seized by police.
The Hino powerline truck and crane was
stolen from Poltech Power Works on Jellicoe
Street in March, putting thousands of dollars
of contracts, and the livelihoods of employees,
Poltech’s insurance company hired a private
investigator who worked with the Poltech
administrator to track the truck down.
Co-owner Darryl Rothery said a Facebook
page was set up and it was not long before
information was received that the truck had
been spotted heading towards Napier, and then
again at the Napier whar ves.
The investigator established that it was likely
the truck would be shipped to the Chatham
Islands, and island police were alerted.
A constable heard through word of mouth
that a farmer-fisherman had received the truck
and a search warrant was executed to recover it.
The truck’s berth on the ship from Napier,
booked under a false number plate, had been
booked before the truck was stolen, Mr Rothery
The 2003 Hino truck, registration BUD634,
finally returned to Martinborough on Friday,
having endured a 2000km round trip, and staff
were thrilled to have it back.
“The team are beside themselves,” he said.
“ We definitely had affection for that truck —
we always called him ‘Buddy’. We are greatly
relieved to have Buddy back.”
The loss of the truck had meant the company
had had to go “cap in hand” to the bank in order
to keep the business running, he said.
“It did kill us in terms of work,” Mr Rothery
“ We’ve taken a hit of $100,000, easy, in terms
of lost income . . . It could have sunk the business
— it could have failed.
“Now we are pretty much back in business and
going full steam ahead.”
Chatham Island constable Tom McBride said
it was probable the truck had been taken to
unload crayfish pots.
This kind of incident was not common in the
Chathams, he said.
“It’s pretty obvious when someone brings over
a $100,000 truck. It’s a small island — it’s too
small to hide anything. ”
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Stolen truck home
after 2000km trip
A Queenstown truck driver was fined
for having an insecure load after three
and a half tonnes of structural steel went
clattering on to Frankton Road yesterday
Constable Sharon Stephens, of
Cromwell, said the truck had the right
number of tethers but the steel was
resting on a metal headboard and slipped
in heavy rain. No one was injured but the
driver was shaken.
Ms Stephens said it was lucky no one
was on a raised pedestrian island — three
street signs were sheared off at the base.
— Otago Daily Times
Truck load spilled
Chatham Islands seizure ends company’s fears
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