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$12m drugs haul
Four Asian tourists are facing life
in prison after being caught allegedly
trying to smuggle over 12kg of
methamphetamine into the country.
Customs officers stopped the tourists
at Auckland International Airport
on Saturday. The seized drugs had
a total street value of about $12
million. Two men and two women
appeared in the Manukau District
Court yesterday charged with
importation and possession of a
class A controlled drug. They remain
in custody until their next court
appearance. — NZ ME
Diver’s body recovered
The body of a diver who failed to
surface at Queen Charlotte Sound
in Marlborough yesterday has been
recovered by police. The local man, in
his 60s, was reported overdue from
a dive about midday. A friend of
the man said he had dived into the
water to clear a mooring line about
12m deep. Police divers recovered his
body about 7pm. — NZ ME
A 45-year-old Taranaki man
suffered serious head injuries
in a motorcycle crash at Taupo
Motorsport Park on Sunday. The
Waikato Westpac rescue helicopter
was called to Taupo Hospital about
3pm. He was initially treated at
Taupo Hospital before being flown to
Waikato Hospital. Track manager Ian
Bowater said neither he nor his staff
were there on the day, as the track had
been hired out privately to a driver
training programme. — N ZM E
Police name woman
A Christchurch woman whose
body was found off the Canterbury
coast on Saturday night has been
named by police. Jyoti Glenys Edith
Lewis, 61, was reported missing
about 6pm after she did not return
home from walking her dogs near
the Rangitata River mouth, between
Ashburton and Timaru. — N Z ME
Murder appeal fails
The man convicted of murdering
veteran reporter Derek Round in
Whanganui three years ago has
failed in his appeal. Michael Umanui
Werahiko, 33, told the Court of
Appeal his lawyers, Peter Brosnahan
and Debbie Goodlet, did not
give him the best legal advice. In
December 2013, he was sentenced
in the High Court at Whanganui to
life imprisonment with a minimum
non-parole period of 15 years after
pleading guilty to killing Mr Round, a
friend of his, in May 2012. Werahiko
appealed both his conviction and
sentence. Both appeals were dismissed.
— N ZME-Wanganui Chronicle
Numbers in Keno draw No 11224:
48, 52, 54, 59, 63, 65, 68, 78. Draw No
11225: 7, 11, 12, 14, 19, 26, 32, 33, 38,
40, 41, 42, 52, 53, 56, 59, 65, 66, 69, 72.
Draw No 11226: 2, 7, 16, 22, 29, 30,
31, 33, 35, 41, 42, 45, 53, 56, 58, 62, 63,
70, 73, 80. Draw No 11227: 4, 10, 11,
15, 20, 23, 31, 34, 41, 44, 49, 50, 51, 52,
55, 56, 60, 61, 71, 75.
10-year passports returning: Dunne
A man is being questioned by police
today after an alleged attempted
abduction of a young girl on her way to a
Senior sergeant Clint Adamson, of the
police eastern district command centre
said late this morning a man was in
custody following a girl’s complaint on
arriving at school.
Mr Adamson said the girl informed
staff at St Matthew ’s Primary School,
at the corner of Eastbourne and King
streets, on the fringes of central Hastings.
No other details were available,
although Mr Adamson said police
expected to release a statement later in
the day. — N ZM E-Hawke’s Bay Today
A man was found dead in a Manukau
police station cell this morning.
An investigation has begun into how he
died and preliminary inquiries suggest it
was not suspicious, police said.
The man’s next of kin were being
notified and the case has been referred to
the coroner. — N Z ME
Man dies in
Ten-year passports are due to
return by the end of the year, Internal
Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has
Mr Dunne said Cabinet had signed
off on bringing back a 10-year term
for adults’ passports making it
cheaper and more convenient for
However, children’s passports will
remain at five years because a child’s
appearance changed significantly
over time. He said the five-year term
for children was common in many
The 10-year adult passport price
will cost $180, an average saving
of more than $90 over the 10-year
It will require law changes which
he hoped to have in place by the end
of the year.
He said Internal Affairs was also
working on opening up on-line
passport applications to children and
first-time applicants in the future.
The ser vice was currently used by
about 40% of adults renewing their
He said it was essential that
passports were as secure as possible
to prevent misuse and theft.
“ We must safeguard the highly
trusted international reputation of
our passport which allows Kiwis
the freedom to visit approximately
170 countries without applying for
Adult passports would continue
to “heavily subsidise” the costs of
cheaper child passports so it was
affordable for families.
“The price of the 10-year passport
will reflect the need to keep the
price affordable for New Zealanders,
while production costs are spread
over much lower volumes being
He said a truncated select
committee process would be required
to bring the changes in by the end
of December, but the issue had
already been considered by a select
committee last year and the public
had a chance to have their input.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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New Zealand Defence
Force chiefs have not
shared the same concerns
as American leaders about
the willingness of Iraqi
troops to fight the Islamic
State, Prime Minister John
United States Defence
Secretary Ashton Carter
has questioned the Iraqi
forces’ will to fight after
they were defeated in
the north-western city
of Ramadi despite vastly
outnumbering Isis forces.
Isis’ victory in Ramadi
brought the front line in
Iraq to within 100km of
Camp Taji, near Baghdad,
preparing Iraqi troops for
Mr Key told reporters this morning
that any concerns about the Iraqi
army had not stopped the US from
committing huge numbers of troops and
other resources to fight Isis.
Asked whether Chief of Defence
Lieutenant-General Tim Keating had
raised similar concerns about Iraqi
soldiers at Taji, Mr Key said he had not.
Labour’s defence spokesman David
Shearer said Mr Carter’s comments
reinforced fears about Iraqi forces
leadership and supply of resources.
“ You can do all you like training them
to shoot straight as we are doing, but the
real problems lie further up the chain.”
Ministers also reaffirmed that the risk
assessment in Iraq had not changed as a
result of Isis’ advances in Iraq and Syria.
Mr Key, who confirmed he planned
to visit Camp Taji this year, said: “I’ve
checked with our defence people and
my national security people and both of
them advise me that there’s no reason
to change our thought processes on the
risks that our people face in Taji.
“ Like any deployment that we make
there’s a thorough process that we go
through, there are officials that meet
and there are early warning systems of
making sure that if the situation needs
to be reviewed it will be
“But none of those have
been triggered and at this
point there’s no likelihood
they ’ll be triggered.”
The risks to the New
were not judged on Isis’
proximity to Taji, but on
whether there was an
“absolute threat ” to the
Mr Key said the NZDF
reser ved the right to
change its mission. This
had previously occurred in
Bamiyan, in Afghanistan,
when soldiers were given
approval to extend their
patrols into neighbouring
insurgents who had killed
two New Zealand soldiers.
Defence Minister Gerry
Brownlee would not comment on
whether the NZDF had an emergency
evacuation plan or what might trigger an
But he said potential evacuation would
have been considered during the initial
security assessment of Camp Taji by
New Zealand officials.
Asked whether the troops could be
withdrawn earlier than the proposed
two-year timeframe, Mr Brownlee said
he would not speculate on any potential
changes to the mission.
“This is a war situation. We are
training people to be leaders in that war
and clearly you’re going to get a lot of
activity that will be to and fro in that
regard.” Mr Key said New Zealand was
capable of evacuating its own troops
urgently without assistance from US or
Labour leader Andrew Little said he
had concerns about the lack of detail of
an exit strategy for New Zealand troops.
“It is important, I think, that
Government reassures New Zealand
that there is a way of keeping our troops
safe and secure, and if that means
extracting them at whatever time, that
they can do that as well.”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Families may finally find closure
after the ruthless destruction of
infant graves at the Papakura
A ser vice was held yesterday at
the cemetery in commemoration
of about 30 to 40 infant graves
desecrated by what police believe
was a lone vandal earlier this
Council cemeteries manager
Catherine Moore said the ser vice
would help families to recover
from the incident.
“It is about some healing and
some closure and feeling like they
can put this event to rest,” she said.
People had been visiting the site
daily to help restore the graves
and clean up the site. F lowers had
also been donated by members of
the public for families to place on
the graves of their loved ones.
Ms Moore said the publication
of CCTV footage of the assailant
had put families’ minds to rest
that the incident had not been
caused by the council or a group
“It was quite unusual in terms
of vandalism. People expect
that things will be damaged
and maybe thrown around a
little bit but to have the piles of
decorations was quite unusual
and I think that was hard for all
of us to understand what had
happened,” she said.
“Unless we manage to track
down who this person is, I
don’t know if we will ever fully
understand what their motivation
was. For now it is just a waiting
Over 100 family members of
those buried and members of
the community attended the
ser vice. The ser vice began with a
blessing over the damaged graves
followed by speeches from church
ministers and Auckland Mayor
Len Brown and National MP
Vanessa Olsson whose sister is
buried at the cemetery said the
ser vice was “ beautiful”.
“After the site was cleaned up
there was this feeling of love
here. And it also brought a lot of
families back here that haven’t
been here is a long time,” she said.
Rayella Te Ringa, a family
member of an infant buried at the
site, said the ser vice had helped
families to feel “a little more at
ease” with what had happened.
“The family are feeling a little
bit more at peace now. Still, it
won’t stop (the assailant) from
coming back, though, will it?” she
The matter is still under
investigation by police. No arrests
have been made. — NZ ME
Ser vice helps families feel more at ease
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Families and supporters of 30 to 40 infants whose graves were desecrated recently gather at a service at
Papakura Cemetery yesterday.
An unusual “upside down
jellyfish” has washed up on St
Helier’s Beach following the
weekend’s wild weather.
Pauline Blackgrove said she
was walking on the beach with
her son when they spotted the
large jellyfish on the shore.
“ We’ve been going there for
years and we’ve never seen
jellyfish there,” she said.
It was around the same
size as her son’s size 11 shoe,
seen in the photograph she
Niwa marine biologist Dr
Dennis Gordon said the
jellyfish was a phyllorhiza
The species is widespread
throughout the world, but not
normally seen south of the
It was not common for the
jellyfish to be on St Helier’s
Beach and the specimen was a
“nice size”, Dr Gordon said.
They are typically found in
warm water and are part of
a group of jellyfish known as
“ upside down jellyfish”.
This is because they mostly
lie on their backs and have
photosynthetic algae in their
tentacles, which they use to
supplement their food through
Beach-goers need not worry
about this particular jellyfish, as
it was a non-stinging species,
he said. — NZME
‘Upside down jellyfish’ washed up
A jellyfish found washed up on an Auckland beach yesterday.
Man badly hurt
in fall on rocks
A man has suffered serious injuries
after falling on to rocks at Leisure Island
at Mount Maunganui.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
man about 9.30am, after reports he had
become trapped on the rocks on the
island after the fall.
Fire Ser vice shift manager Jaron
Phillips said firefighters had been called
to help St John staff at the scene, just off
“This person has fallen on to rocks. We
extricated the patient from the rocks and
assisted ambulance staff.”
It appeared the man suffered serious
injuries from the fall, Mr Phillips said.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
as man missing
for 29 years
A body found in Wellington in
February has been confirmed as that of
a man who went missing 29 years ago.
John Holmes Smith was 76 when
he went missing in March 1986 after
leaving his Ngaio house for a short walk.
His son Stafford Smith said finding
his father’s body brought closure for Mr
In a statement, he said he was a much-
loved husband, father and grandfather,
and it was sad he had died alone.
“Dad loved walking and regularly
walked in bush around the Ngaio area.
“ While Dad was physically healthy, he
did suffer from some mental confusion
and we feared he had fallen or lost his
way in the bush,” he said.
“Dad was a highly intelligent engineer
and a well respected member of the
Stafford Smith said the family was
pleased to be able to finally lay him to
rest, and would hold a private cremation.
Police said a significant search
operation was conducted when Mr
Smith went missing in 1986, with about
70 staff and volunteers.
The case was referred to the coroner,
and a finding was made that Mr Smith
died on or about March 20, 1986.
On February 15 this year, a member of
the public found the remains in a gully
near Captain Edward Daniel Drive in
DNA results last week confirmed Mr
Police said there were no signs of foul
play or trauma, but the cause of death
Wellington city area commander Chris
Bensemann said police were happy to
finally be able to bring some closure to
Mr Smith’s family.
“His family have endured nearly
30 years of uncertainty since his
disappearance, but the DNA results
received last week mean they are finally
able to get some closure.” — NZME
Crunch time for dairy farmers
It is crunch time for dairy farmers this
week when Fonterra releases its farm
gate milk price forecast for the coming
Analysts estimate the forecast will
be close to $50 per kg of milk solids.
The $4.50 a kg forecast for the current
season, which ends on May 31, could
be lowered because of low Global
Dairy Trade prices, but analysts said the
chances of that happening were slim.
The advance payment for 2015-16 is
expected to come in about $3.50 a kg,
down from about $4.50 this time last
Two poor seasons in a row is likely
to create cash flow problems for many
farmers, given the break-even point for
most has been estimated by Dairy NZ
to be $5.40 a kg.
At the last Global Dairy Trade auction,
prices fell to their lowest level since
The Reser ve Bank, in its latest financial
stability report, cited low dairy prices as
one of three key risks to New Zealand’s
financial stability if they were to persist.
The big question facing the sector
is whether the current low-price
environment is an aberration or
something more permanent.
Discussion in the industry centres
around whether low prices are the
result of structural changes to the cost
cur ve globally, the loss of Russia as a
dairy export destination, the impact of
low oil prices on demand, extra milk
powder capacity coming on stream in
Europe, and the impact that large scale
corporate dairy units offshore is having
on production, ANZ rural economist
Con Williams said.
“If you put them all into the mix, you
could make quite an argument for lower
long-term prices, but I don’t know the
answer to that,” Mr Williams said.
Fonterra’s announcement, which was
due after Wednesday’s board meeting —
probably the following day — was likely
to be on the conser vative side, analysts
ANZ expects as farm gate milk price
for the new season of around $5 to $5.25
This assumes an average effective
currency in the mid $0.70s, a mild
recovery in international dairy prices,
and a slightly lower cost base from
reduced lactose costs, it said.
“In reality we don’t believe there will
be a good read on what the season has in
store until around the start of the fourth
quarter,” ANZ said.
ASB Bank rural economist Nathan
Penny expects a $5.70 per kg farm gate
milk price for the coming season, but
that Fonterra was likely to err on the
conser vative side with a forecast in the
“ in the vicinity” of $5.
“Fonterra is traditionally more
conservative on the basis that it does
not like to run the risk of overpaying
farmers and having to claw back any
payments or advances,” Mr Penny said.
“They tend to start low and work up,”
Mr Penny expected the he expected
Fonterra to paint a picture of improving
prices over the course of the season.
There are signs that milk supply is
starting to tighten in response to lower
prices, he said.
“Supply is slowing but it’s not slowing
quickly enough to bring about a material
lift in prices,” he said.
So far, farms have managed thanks to
good cash flows from the previous season
spilling over into the current season.
Mr Penny said farmers have been
working closely with their banks to
manage their working capital and that
for now, banks had been accommodating
but that the next few months would be
critical for many.
“ I think that in six months’ time if we
are still looking at a $5 milk price instead
of $5.50, there will be some farmers
under severe pressure.” — NZME
Boy fighting for life after school accident
A nine-year-old boy is fighting for his
life after an accident left him hanging
unconscious from a window.
A quiet residential road was
transformed into a bustling crime scene
as police and ambulance staff rushed to
Taradale Primary School yesterday.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
Napier school just after 1pm. The boy,
who was found unconscious, was having
trouble breathing when he was rushed to
Hawke’s Bay Hospital.
He was later flown to Auckland’s
Starship Hospital in an induced coma
and remained in a critical condition last
Police immediately cordoned off the
area where the accident happened.
After initial investigations, police
announced they were treating the
incident as an accident.
They would not release specific details
of what happened until the investigation
was complete. However, outside the
school gate it was believed the boy had
jumped out of a window while playing.
His shirt got caught in the window,
leaving him hanging.
Parents were shocked when they were
greeted by police at the school gate.
Upset children walked out wondering
what had happened to their friend and
One mother admitted she started to
fret when she saw the police cars and
tape across the entrance.
“It was pretty terrifying. Your mind
starts to panic,” she said.
“My girls were pretty shaken up.”
Other parents described a very
“sombre” school pick-up.
Taradale Primary School principal
Marty Hantz said the school was
working closely with police and the
Ministry of Education to determine
— NZ ME -Hawke’s Bay Today
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