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Fire engines are no longer able to negotiate a
St Clair intersection because of traffic islands
installed as part of Dunedin’s new cycleway.
A fire appliance from St Kilda station tried to
use the intersection of Hargest Crescent and
Richardson Street on Friday, but after a failed
attempt had to enter the oncoming lane of
traffic to get around the corner, a witness said.
Saint Clair resident Conrad Stedman watched
the incident and said it initially looked like the
truck would be driven over the top of the traffic
But it was unable to do so, as it appeared the
truck’s fuel tanks would have been damaged in
such a manoeuvre, Mr Stedman said.
He said the truck eventually went around the
island into the oncoming lane to negotiate the
Saint Kilda fire station senior station officer
Ben Pitelen said the Fire Ser vice did “have
some concerns’’ with the intersection.
He said he was not wanting to be critical of
the cycleway network, but there was not enough
room for fire appliances at some of the new
intersections constructed for the cycleway.
“O ur appliances are 12 tonne, and the Hargest/
Richardson intersection is just too tight.’’ He
also cited new additions to New Street as being
difficult for the city’s fire engines.
Part of the problem was the fire engines being
“ very low to the ground’’, he said.
“So we can’t take them up gutter ways
and things because it will damage them.’’
Phil Marsh, the Fire Ser vice’s assistant area
commander for East Otago, said the ser vice
would investigate the problem more closely and
would be “working with the city council to try
and rectify the s ituation’’.
Dunedin City Council infrastructure and
networks general manager Ruth Stokes said
the council had consulted emergency ser vices
during the cycleway ’s design phase and had not
received any complaints from them since work
The council would contact them to discuss any
She said the council was examining the impact
of the altered intersections this week.
If necessary, better signage could be installed,
or the traffic islands could be lowered or reduced.
The bill would be given to the contractors
if it was found the islands did not match the
original specifications, she said.
Other wise, the council would have to pay.
— Otago Daily Times
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 5
Detectives working on the
mysterious disappearance of
John Beckenridge and his step-
son have received tip-offs from
the public that the pair might be
hiding out in New Zealand.
Mr Beckenridge allegedly
Beckenridge, 11, from James
Hargest College’s junior school
in Invercargill on March 13.
A week later, Mr Beckenridge’s
blue Volkswagen Touareg was
found at the bottom of an 88m
cliff near Curio Bay.
Their bodies have not been
Police are now treating it as a
missing persons case.
Interpol is on high alert and
some of Mr Beckenridge’s
friends believe he has faked their
deaths and is hiding out in either
New Zealand or abroad.
Over the past week, police have
received calls from the public
about possible sightings of the
pair “across New Zealand”.
However, each sighting has
been ruled out by officers who
checked out the leads, Southland
Kelvin Lloyd said.
“Police are continuing to
assess the information we
currently have and are looking
at what further inquiry can be
made,” he said.
“ We continue to ask the public
to assist with any information
they may still have.” Police say
they have not received “any
confirmed information” that
suggests Mr Beckenridge and the
youngster have left the country
or even the Catlins area.
Border alerts were flagged
up within 24 hours of Mike’s
Peter Clark says it would be
“ improbable but not impossible”
to secretly flee New Zealand by
Criminologist and ex-con Greg
Newbold believes it is “definitely
possible” to disappear, in New
Zealand, or abroad, especially by
office, which monitors all of the
ports and harbours in the region,
has not received any reports
of missing vessels or irregular
activity since March 13.
“ We’d certainly know about it if
there was,” a spokesman said.
The region’s harbourmaster had
not been approached by police
for any assistance with the case,
the spokesman said.
Swedish-born Mr Beckenridge,
64, is an experienced commercial
helicopter pilot who was also
variously known as John Robert
Lundh, Knut Goran Roland
Lundh, and John Bradford.
Up until last September, he had
been working as a full-time pilot
for Pacific Helicopters PNG
in Papua New Guinea Eastern
“ We have given all of our
information to (New Zealand)
police,” Pacific Helicopters PNG
chief executive Mal Smith said.
“ We knew he had problems
with his wife, and problems
getting access to his kid, but
we didn’t know it was to that
extreme.” Mr Lloyd said a range
of police staff from different
policing units are currently
involved in the case.
He said that while police
deal with complex missing
person inquiries on a regular
basis, officers involved in the
Beckenridge case are “frustrated
that we have not been able to give
the family definitive answers”.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Beckenridge case detectives
Finance Minister Bill English says some
State houses are worth very little, but
Government will not agree to give them away
Mr English was responding to comments
by an Iwi Chairs Forum representative on the
weekend, who said that iwi should have State
houses transferred to them at no cost.
Te Runanga o Te Rarawa chairman Haami
Piripi said many of the houses were poor
quality and were worth little because of the
ongoing obligation to look after the tenants
Mr English said iwi were not the only
housing providers seeking discounted or free
State houses as part of the Government ’s
scheme to sell-off up to 8000 properties to
“But we have to go through a proper process
where there’s commercial pressure. Where
there’s quite a range of interests there’s bound
to be competitive interest for the houses we
“It may be that some have no value. If you’re
in a small town with a house that ’s been a
P-lab it might be a wee bit hard to get rid of.
“But generally we will go through a
transparent process to ensure that the
taxpayer gets fair value.”
He said there was increasing recognition
that there was an oversupply of poor quality
State houses in provincial areas.
The first tranche of State house sales to
community providers in Tauranga and
Invercargill would give Government an
indication of how the sale process might
work across the country.
Government has previously said it is
willing to sell State houses at a discount to
community housing providers.
This would allow the providers to sell some
of the State houses on the open market to
raise capital, which could then be re-invested
in social housing.
Mr English said no estimates had been
made yet about how this discounting could
affect the Government ’s books.
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett
said Government had made it clear that it
would not be giving houses away for free.
“That ’s not what we’re planning on at all but
we’ ll go into the negotiations in good faith,”
she told reporters.
She acknowledged that many State houses
were unlikely to sell at market value.
“ We’ve always said quite clearly that they ’re
not going to get the book value. The book
value’s not the real value of a social house
with a tenant in it. ” Ms Bennett also rejected
Mr Piripi’s assertion that the social housing
scheme had been undermined when the
Salvation Army said it would not take part
“That ’s certainly not what we’re hearing on
the ground,” the minister said.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
Govt not giving away
State houses — English
Bottles of special whisky to mark the
retirement of the Iroquois helicopter
fleet have raised $25,000 for families of
people killed while ser ving in the Air
Fourteen bottles — one for each of the
‘Huey’helicopters being decommissioned
on July 1 — went under the hammer
at RNZAF Base Ohakea on Saturday
Oamaru-based New Zealand Whisky
Company presented 16 bottles of the 25
year-old single malt whisky to the Air
Fourteen bottles were auctioned off to
the highest bidder and two were held
back by the military to “respect those
two aircraft that went down on the
Kapiti Coast in Anzac Day 2010,” the
company’s operations manager Grant
Each bottle was boxed and labelled
with a tailored design, showcasing the
aircraft and its tail number.
Auction winners got an enclosed
personalised history of the aircraft, with
details including notable events in the
helicopter’s ser vice career.
The bottles fetched a total of $25,855,
which will be donated to the Missing
Wingman Trust. — NZME
Undertaker stuck with ashes
Police have released the name of the
young man who died in rural north
Canterbury over the holiday weekend.
Andrew Lawrence Orr, 23, died
following a car accident on Sunday night
when his four-wheel-drive vehicle ended
up down a bank on Lees Valley Road
Canterbury police led an operation to
locate Mr Orr after the driver following
his vehicle lost sight of him.
It took more than four hours to locate
Mr Orr’s body after his car was found
down the bank.
Canterbury police investigations are
continuing and the death has been
referred to the coroner.
Mr Orr’s family has thanked police for
their support following the tragedy.
A funeral home facing financial oblivion has
appealed to the loved ones of the dead to come
and pick up their ashes.
J Weir and Co of Onehunga in Auckland is in
liquidation after too many people failed to pay
for funerals, leaving the owners, Richard and
May Melville, unable to pay all the company ’s
“ We currently have 200 unclaimed urns,”
the liquidators of the 118-year-old funeral
business said in a public notice. “Ashes that
remain unclaimed after June 30, 2015, will
be appropriately scattered in a peaceful place
accompanied by a small ceremony.”
Mr Melville said he was confident most of the
urns would be retrieved. Any ashes left would be
returned to the crematorium where the person
was cremated “and scattered there”.
He said the home’s problems arose from some
of its clients having been “in a bit of a financial
strife”, leaving unpaid debts for funerals that
could cost anything from $4000-$5000 up to
Funeral Directors’ Association chief executive
Katrina Shanks said it was rare for funeral
homes to go into liquidation, but they were
vulnerable to the same cash flow issues as any
business and some gave longer credit than most
“ Many people struggle to be able to afford
a funeral because it’s one of those abnormal
expenses someone faces. You find sometimes
people don’t have the ability to pay a bill
She urged families to discuss prearranging
funerals so they could plan for the costs.
About 70% of the dead were cremated these
days, she said. Funeral costs varied greatly
around the country and depending on how the
body was disposed of, burial was generally much
“ Most Pacific islanders are buried so that ’s a
big cost for the Pacific island community,” Ms
Excluding digging, burial plots last year cost
around $4000 in Auckland but just $565 in
Taupo, the cheapest city to be put in the ground.
She said the fees charged by crematoriums were
$564 on the North Shore and in Manukau, and
$472 in Taupo and Napier.
It was common for funeral homes to be left
holding unclaimed ashes.
“ I was in a home the other day that had ashes
from 1940. They have got the name (of the
person entitled to them), they just don’t have a
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
A St Kilda fire engine fails to negotiate
the newly modified intersection of Hargest
Crescent and Richardson Street, in St Clair,
Canterbur y crash
Traffic islands strand fire engines
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