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Dunedin was shaken by a 4.7
magnitude earthquake at 11.17pm
yesterday. The quake was 7km deep
and 30km west of Dunedin. Geonet
placed it just off State highway 87
near George King Memorial Drive,
close to Hindon. It was described as
strong. There had been no reports
of injuries or damage caused by the
earthquake, police said this morning.
— Otago Daily Times
A man was rescued from Porirua
Harbour after he swam away from
caregivers yesterday. The 22-year-
old entered the water at the inner
Porirua Harbour, on the Paremata
side, about 4.30pm, police said. He
was swimming away from caregivers,
and after police were called he spent
an hour swimming and wading
over sandbanks away from support.
A police officer in a kayak, the
Wellington rescue helicopter and the
Coastguard rigid-hulled inflatable
boat joined the rescue. The man was
eventually plucked out of the water
by the Coastguard. — NZ ME
Police are investigating two
suspicious fires in Christchurch
yesterday. Fire crews battled a
blaze at an abandoned property
on Buckleys Road in Linwood,
Christchurch, about 5.45am. At the
same time, the ser vice was attending
a garage fire 100m further down the
road. — NZ ME
$3m Lotto win
A ticket sold in Mount
Wellington, Auckland, won its
holder $3 million in the division
one jackpot in Lotto draw No 1460
on Saturday. Successful numbers
were 8, 10, 14, 17, 33, 34; bonus 9.
Strike numbers were 33, 14, 10, 8.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 10. There was no
division one winner. The Winning
Wheel ticket was sold in Napier. The
winner from Invercargill spun for
Numbers in Keno draw No 11244: 7,
8, 22, 24, 26, 31, 34, 39, 40, 42, 46, 48,
60, 63, 68, 70, 71, 72, 78, 79. Draw No
11245: 1, 2, 10, 12, 14, 15, 27, 28, 30,
33, 35, 40, 47, 48, 53, 57, 61, 69, 71, 75.
Draw No 11246: 1, 4, 6, 12, 18, 20, 36,
38, 40, 42, 43, 47, 51, 53, 56, 61, 63, 71,
73, 78. Draw No 11247: 9, 13, 14, 15,
17, 26, 31, 33, 42, 43, 55, 56, 60, 63, 66,
67, 69, 70, 76, 80. Draw No 11248: 5,
7, 11, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 34, 41, 46, 59,
62, 63, 65, 67, 70, 75, 79, 80. Draw No
11249: 1, 4, 7, 12, 17, 18, 20, 29, 32,
34, 35, 43, 44, 45, 48, 61, 62, 65, 66, 74.
Draw No 11250: 5, 10, 12, 25, 29, 33,
34, 42, 45, 47, 54, 57, 60, 61, 70, 72, 73,
75, 76, 80. Draw No 11251: 1, 2, 4, 12,
20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 32, 47, 49, 52, 53,
54, 56, 61, 69, 73. Draw No 11252: 3,
6, 10, 12, 16, 21, 23, 32, 34, 39, 41, 47,
52, 59, 60, 64, 66, 69, 72, 78. Draw No
11253: 3, 8, 10, 13, 22, 24, 25, 31, 32,
41, 47, 48, 49, 53, 55, 60, 62, 66, 67, 74.
Draw No 11254: 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14,
16, 18, 23, 27, 31, 34, 51, 53, 60, 61, 69,
71, 73. Draw No 11255: 7, 12, 14, 16,
19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 34, 35, 37, 44, 49, 54,
56, 58, 61, 70, 74.
People smugglers ‘headed for NZ’
A Christchurch pedestrian has been
taken to hospital after she was knocked
down by a vehicle in the central city this
The woman was hit just after 9am
while crossing the road on the corner of
Montreal Street and St Asaph Street.
Police have now cleared the scene.
Car hits woman
Two under-prepared trampers who
got lost in Golden Bay in bitterly
cold weather over the weekend “put
themselves and their rescuers at risk”, say
The pair, a Christchurch man and
woman in their mid- to late-20s, entered
the Boulder Lake track near Takaka
late on Saturday afternoon and became
lost in darkness and what was labelled
“ horrendous” weather.
The trampers became wet and freezing,
and one tramper developed hypothermia.
The pair calle=d police about 8.30pm.
Searchers were able to locate the
trampers’ exact position using “mobile
locate” technology and rescue teams were
The Nelson rescue helicopter had to be
called in due to the pair’s remote location
and the deteriorating conditions.
The helicopter was unable to rescue
the pair until 3.40am due to the extreme
Sergeant Malcolm York said the
rescued trampers were at real risk of
losing their lives, and search and rescue
staff were also put in danger.
He said police were disappointed with
the decisions the trampers had made.
“They were inexperienced for the route
and the weather they took on. They
were woefully under-prepared and the
equipment and clothing they were using
was not appropriate for the winter alpine
environment.” — NZME
Prime Minister John Key says New
Zealand was alerted to a people-
smuggling boat with 65 people
on board that was headed to New
He said it was steel-hulled and there
was every likelihood it could have
made it to New Zealand.
“The advice we had was that it had
the capability of making it all the
way to New Zealand so we alerted
the systems that we have in the way
that we would work through those
The boat put out a distress call in
relation to sick people on board
and it was boarded by Australian
Mr Key said he did not know what
had happened to the people on the
boat but he understood the boat was
sent back to Indonesia.
“It fits in with what I have been
saying for quite some time, that these
people smugglers are going to get
hold of more robust boats, with better
capability of a steel-hulled boat, so it
certainly could have made it to New
Speaking to reporters at Parliament
this morning, Mr Key said he did not
know the nationality of the people
on board, but there has been a recent
stream of Rohingya asymlum seekers
from Myanmar and from Bangladesh.
Mr Key said the concern would be
that if one boat made it New Zealand
“ it would open up a pretty easy
pathway to replicate”.
Indonesian police said the boat had
crashed on to a reef after being turned
around by Australian authorities.
The passengers included 54 Sri
Lankans, 10 Bangladeshis, one person
from Myanmar and five additional
Among the passengers were four
women and three toddlers, it was
The passengers told police they were
trying to get to New Zealand.
The passengers were now being
held on Rote Island off West Timor.
They had crashed into a reef near
Landuti Island, and were found by
Mr Key would not say when the
events happened but according to
AFP and ABC it was in the past few
If this particular boat had got closer,
New Zealand would have had a range
of options depending on how close it
“ We didn’t get to the point where we
had to make some of those tougher
calls,” Mr Key said.
Labour leader Andrew Little said he
did not believe there was any risk of
a boat of asylum seekers making it to
New Zealand and accused the Prime
Minister of beating up the issue as a
“There was talk about hoards of
refugees coming down from Indonesia
and from Asia. It has never happened.
It is most unlikely to happen.
“The risk or threat of refugee boats
coming down to New Zealand I
think is so minimal as to be frankly
zero. There is no need to panic or
He believed Mr Key was using it as
a ploy to distract from other issues,
saying it was “National Party standard
“ Raise some sort of bogey that
he thinks is going to be there and
get people a bit excited and divert
attention from things like dairy
prices, lower national income, the sort
of issues that are exercising a lot of
people at the moment.”
He said New Zealand’s distance and
the dangerous nature of the Tasman
Sea made it highly unlikely a boat
of the type usually used by people
smugglers could make the journey.
He said legislation passed in 2013
to allow New Zealand authorities to
deal with mass arrivals was prompted
by a cruise ship landing in Canada
carrying Sri Lankan refugees in
He said in that case, the vessel
was seaworthy and chartered by the
families of those it was carrying.
A law change in 2013 gave the
Government greater powers to
manage a “mass arrival” of asylum
seekers, which was defined as more
than 30 people.
In the event of a mass arrival on New
Zealand shores, the Government has
power to detain them for up to six
This detention could be extended by
28 days at a time with approval from
a District Court judge.
The detention powers were designed
to allow agencies to inquire about
asylum seekers’ backgrounds and
check any pending refugee claims.
Australia’s action against asylum-
seekers in boats toughened when the
conser vative Coalition Government
replaced Labor in 2013 and according
to AFP, since then Australia has
stopped 18 boats from reaching its
shores. Those who make it are sent
to refugee camps in Nauru or Papua
New Guinea or boats are escorted
back to their country of origin.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Aluminium High Grade
The new ferry Strait Feronia arrives in Wellington.
New Cook Strait ferry arrives
A new vessel has been added
to the Cook Strait sailing route
after the Strait Feronia finally
finished its epic 45-day journey
from Sweden to Wellington
The Strait Feronia sailed 11,675
nautical miles to its new home,
where it will officially join the
Strait Shipping fleet sailing
between Wellington and Picton
in late June, under the Bluebridge
The vessel was purchased
by Strait Shipping in January,
and has since received a major
makeover in Sweden, including
a complete refurbishment of the
main passenger area, new radars
and other bridge equipment and a
fresh paint job.
Strait Shipping also
commissioned the development of
a Strait Feronia-specific simulator,
which enabled company masters
to experience in real time how
the ship will perform in local
conditions. The simulator model
allowed the masters and officers
to experience realistic scenarios
ranging from berthing in high
winds in Wellington to entering
Tory Channel during a southerly
Strait Shipping managing
director Sheryl Ellison says the
ship’s arrival is another milestone
in the company ’s history of
meeting its customers demand on
the Cook Strait.
“ We are delighted to have
secured this ship after a global
search, and its great to have her
finally arrive in New Zealand.”
Sixteen Strait Shipping crew
members flew to Europe to sail
the ship back to New Zealand.
It will replace the Santa Regina
late this month.
Strait Feronia has a gross
tonnage of 21,856 tonnes, a beam
of 25.60m; a draught of 6.4m. It
has a ser vice speed of 16 knots.
The ship was built in 1997 by
Cantiere Navale Visentini in Italy.
The ferry has a cargo capacity of
2150 lane metres plus 100 cars
and a passenger capacity of 400.
The blaze that gutted two
Queenstown homes was yet another
ignited by the poor disposal of hot
ashes, a fire safety officer says.
Central North Otago fire risk
management officer Stuart Ide said
the fire, at Aspen Grove, Fernhill, on
Sunday afternoon, took hold when hot
ashes in an unsealed metal bucket on a
deck were whipped up by the wind.
He said it was the third in Central
Otago in two weeks caused by the
poor disposal of hot ashes from wood
burners or fires.
Mr Ide, who led the investigation,
said the wind had been swirling and
picked the ashes up and set light to
some “other combustibles” on the
“ We don’t know what those
combustibles are; it could be pine
cones or the fire wood there. Then it
has taken hold.”
Mr Ide said the other two fires were
at Clyde and Galloway, both near
Alexandra. One was caused when
ashes were put in a wheelie bin.
“Q uite simply you’ve got to put them
into a metal bucket or drum with a
lid on it to exclude the oxygen, or cool
the ashes straight away with water.”
Twenty-four firefighters from
Queenstown and Frankton tackled
Sunday ’s blaze.
It took hold in one house about
1.15pm, before spreading to the other.
Two people escaped from the second
property without injury. No one was at
home in the other property.
Ide said everyone should be more
cautious at this time of the year.
Mr Ide said people should also be
wary of overloading electrical multi-
They should not attempt to
extinguish a fire themselves unless
“The advice is always to get out of
the property and call us as soon as
Mr Ide said the investigation was
conc luded and insurance assessors,
who attended yesterday afternoon,
agreed with the cause.
— Otago Daily Times
Ashes blamed for blaze
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Central North Otago fire risk management officer Stuart Ide attributes the
fire to hot ashes left on a deck.
A Government plan to let
private investors fund social
ser vices is a dangerous
experiment, Labour says.
Yesterday, the government
allocate $28.8 million to
pay out investors into social
ser vices through “social
Social bond schemes
work by getting investors,
usually institutions such as
banks, to invest in public
ser vices, such as mental
The money is then used to pay a private
company to provide the ser vice.
If the ser vices achieve certain standards,
the government then pays investors
back, plus an agreed amount of interest.
There are currently fewer than 100
social impact bonds worldwide.
The budget includes funds for four
social bond programmes, the first of
which will expand a pilot programme
which offers employment ser vices to
people with mental health conditions.
Finance Minister Bill English said
the funding model made sense in the
government ’s welfare strategy.
“Social bonds are a consistent fit with
our wider social investment approach
which aims to better understand both the
drivers and risks of social dysfunction,”
But Labour deputy leader Annette
King said the scheme would create
per verse incentives and leave the most in
need the worst off.
“The risks associated with this are
huge. In order to meet targets the focus
is likely to be on the easier-
to-help, not the more
difficult — read expensive
— clients,” she said.
“Not only is there a lack
of overseas evidence that
social impact bonds actually
deliver on their contracted
outcomes, but there is
nothing to show any of
the international pilots
have provided the expected
Think tank the New
March, released a paper
promoting social impact bonds, saying
New Zealand could pioneer them.
On Monday, the group applauded
the announcement by the government,
saying the system would give alternatives
to people who had been failed by
mainstream ser vices.
“This is a relatively new model and it
is promising to see government taking
the lead on exploring new ways to secure
better social outcomes for recipients,”
executive director Oliver Hartwich said.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
said the mental health bond would also
support the government ’s long-term
benefit reduction targets.
“ For some people, being supported and
encouraged to achieve employment is an
important part of their treatment and
ongoing care,” he said.
The details of how the mental health
bond would be structured are yet to be
decided by cabinet, he said.
The next bond will be aimed at lowering
re-offending rates or helping people
manage long-term health conditions.
Labour slams social
Five road deaths over long weekend
The official Queen’s Birthday road
toll has increased to five after a
person injured in a crash on Friday
died from injuries yesterday.
The number of deaths was one less
than Q ueen’s Birthday Weekend
last year, when six people died in
This year there were five fatal
crashes over the holiday weekend.
The dead included three drivers, a
passenger and a motorcycle pillion
The period officially began at 4pm
on Friday and ended at 6am today.
Two people were killed in separate
crashes in Canterbury, one in Te
Puke and another in Northland,
with a number of others injured in
a dire weekend on the roads.
A man in his 40s died following
a crash in Mangawhai early hours
yesterday, after a car veered off the
road, hit rocks and flipped into
mangroves. He died at the scene on
Insley Street, about 100km north of
Auckland, after the 12.40am crash,
The Waitemata serious crash unit
was investigating the crash. His
name had not been released.
It followed a crash in rural north
Canterbury on Saturday night. A
young driver of a four-wheel drive
vehicle was reported missing about
7pm, prompting a search.
The man’s vehicle was found about
9.30pm down a bank, off Lees
Valley Road in Oxford. The man, in
his 20s, was found a short distance
away. He was the sole occupant of
the vehicle, police said.
His name would not be released
until his next of kin had been
notified, police said.
It was not yet known if the death
would be included in the official
holiday road toll, as it was not
confirmed if the death occurred on
a public road. Police were waiting
to confirm the status of the road
with the New Zealand Transport
The two deaths followed two
other fatalities this weekend —
Lisa Yieng, 36, a Malaysian-born
wife and mother died in a car crash
in Te Puke on Saturday morning,
while a woman was killed when she
was thrown from a motorcycle and
into the path of oncoming traffic in
Canterbury on Sunday.
Ms Yieng, a fruit-picking worker,
died on her way to work at East
Pack. She pulled over on State
highway 2, about 5km from Te
Puke, to let cars pass her so she
could turn. She made a u-turn into
the path of a 40-tonne fully-laden
logging truck. She was described as
a well-respected and tireless worker,
who had lived in New Zealand for
In Canterbury, the woman was a
pillion passenger of a motorcycle,
when the bike hit the back of a
turning car about 40km north of
Christchurch. The woman and the
rider were flung on to the other side
of the road. It is believed the woman
was then hit by an oncoming car,
and flung underneath a van.
The crash also put the rider in
hospital with “nasty” leg injuries.
Three other people were treated at
Last year’s Queen’s Birthday
road toll was five, from a total 87
reported injury crashes. — NZ ME
Two people have been flown to
Rotorua Hospital following mountain
bike accidents yesterday.
A young woman sustained serious
shoulder and neck injuries after she fell
in the Tongariro Forest and had to be
rescued by helicopter at midday.
The Taupo-based Greenlea rescue
helicopter was sent to collect her from
the remote location.
After taking her to hospital, the
helicopter was almost immediately
requested for a second accident, this
time on the Waikato cycle way near
Mangakino. A 46-year-old woman was
flown to Rotorua hospital with shoulder,
neck and rib injuries. — NZ ME
A learner driver who killed two Mosgiel
siblings — including his then girlfriend
has robbed a mother of seeing what
her children would become, he was told
Cameron Charles Presland, 21, was
sentenced to four years and nine months’
jail for the manslaughter of Danielle,
17, and Shannon, 22, Kiriau, when he
appeared in the High Court at Dunedin.
Presland was also sentenced to two
years’ jail on two charges dangerous
driving causing injury to his car’s other
occupants. The sentences will be ser ved
Presland had been drinking before he
got behind the wheel of his unregistered
and unwarranted Honda Integra early on
May 18 last year. He was speeding when
he lost control of the illegally modified
car. — Otago Daily Times
Driver jailed for
Z Energy buys Caltex chain for $785m
Z Energy, the listed ser vice station
chain, has agreed to buy rival Chevron
New Zealand’s Caltex-branded
network for $785 million, and plans
to raise $185 million in new capital
to help fund the acquisition.
Chevron announced last week
that it was quitting its 11% stake
in the Marsden Point oil refinery.
With the sale of its retail chain,
the United States-based oil giant is
effectively exiting the New Zealand
downstream fuels market, although
it took a stake for first time in an
offshore oil and gas exploration
permit last year.
Wellington-based Z Energy
expects to benefit through
procurement, operating cost and
supply chain efficiencies under a
common ownership, it said. The
transaction will be funded through
existing cash and debt, and Z said
it will probably raise new equity
in an under written pro rata share
issue closer to the settlement date.
The purchase price is 5.9 times
Caltex’s 2014 replacement cost
operating earnings before interest,
tax, depreciation, amortisation and
fair value movements of $132m.
A Caltex fact sheet says it has 147
outlets in New Zealand, supplies
fuel to the aviation and shipping
industries and is a partner in the
AA Fuelcard loyalty scheme. Z
Energy is a shareholder in the rival
Fly Buys scheme and its website
says it has more than 200 outlets.
The deal is subject to permission
from the competition watchdog,
and consent from the O verseas
“The New Zealand transport fuels
market is and will remain highly
competitive,” Z chief executive
Mike Bennetts said in a statement.
“As New Zealand know, Z and
Caltex are only two players in a
very dynamic marketplace in which
there are currently five importers of
refined fuel and crude oil and where
motorists have the choice of at least
a dozen fuel retailers.”
Mr Bennetts said the regulatory
processes were expected to take
several months, and the company
will continue as usual.
“The acquisition is also a great fit
with our longer term market growth
strategy,” Mr Bennetts said. “Caltex
is a successful and highly attractive
business in New Zealand and the
acquisition means we can use the
scale of the combined operation for
the expanded supply of biodiesel to
a broader market.”
Chevron New Zealand Holdings
reported a net profit of $43.3m in
calendar 2014 on revenue of $2.23
billion, down from a profit of $86.5m
on sale of $2.34 billion in 2013.
Chevron’s total assets were valued
at $573.9m with liabilities totalling
$374.4m as at December 31,
compared to assets worth $784.9m
and liabilities of $536m a year earlier.
Z last month reported replacement
cost earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation, amortisation and fair
value adjustments, the company’s
preferred earnings measure, rose to
$241m in the year ended March 31,
from $219m a year earlier.
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