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The occupants of two cars are
“very lucky” to have escaped
without injury after both vehicles
careered down a hole when the
road they were on was swept
away in front of them on Otago
Constable Kerry Fegan said
the first car, carrying just the
driver, came around the corner in
Highcliff Road, between Camp
Road and Seal Point Road, about
7pm and ended upside down in
hole after failing to see the road
had “disappeared from underneath
Another car, carrying two
passengers, then followed the first
into the hole and “basically parked
on top of them”, Mr Fegan said.
The occupants of both cars
were “very lucky” to have escaped
without injury as there was a
“massive drop-off ” only metres
from where they both ended up.
He had spoken to the occupants,
who were shaken, but other wise
“There was a little bit of reference
to Lotto tickets.”
With the whole south-bound
lane and some of the north-bound
lane taken out, police closed that
section of the road last night and it
would likely stay “impassable” for
some time. — Otago Daily Times
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 3
Police name dead man
The pedestrian killed after being
hit by a truck in central Auckland on
Tuesday night has been named by
police. Hillcrest resident Robert Su,
33, died in Auckland City Hospital.
He was taken there after the incident
on Fanshawe Street about 5.40pm.
Police are investigating. — N ZM E
Dead farmer named
A Northland man who was killed
while felling trees has been named.
Murray Williams, 55, was killed on
his farm in Tinopai after felling trees
in a gully about 4pm on Tuesday. He
was found injured under a tree by
his wife. Emergency ser vices were
phoned but he died before they
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Arrest after stabbing
A 59-year-old Whangarei woman
was taken to hospital in a serious
condition after allegedly being
stabbed by her flatmate. The incident
occurred at a house on Limeburners
Place in Morningside about 4.15am
yesterday, police spokeswoman
Sarah Kennett said. The flatmate, a
29-year-old man from Whangarei,
was arrested at the scene and has
since been charged with assault.
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Indecent assault denied
An elderly Napier man has denied
four charges of indecent assault.
Albert Gerald Adams, a chiropractor
in High Street, Masterton, between
1975 and 1990, was arrested at his
home in Napier on April 30. The
78-year-old appeared in the Napier
District Court yesterday, on four
charges of indecent assault. He
pleaded not guilty and elected a
judge alone trial. He was remanded
on bail to the Masterton District
Court on July 20.
— N Z ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Hospital lab flooded
The Fire Ser vice pumped water out
of Auckland Hospital last night after
heavy rain flooded a laboratory. A
first floor laboratory at the hospital,
in Grafton, was hit with a “major
flood” after heavy rain hit the city
yesterday. The deluge also caused
the roof of a Devonport home to
collapse and lightning struck a home
in Titirangi. Fire Ser vice spokesman
Steve Smith said two crews and a
salvage tender pumped water out of
the building for three hours until it
was clear, he said. — NZME
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 502 last
night. Successful numbers were 9, 14,
17, 18, 44, 47; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11260:
48, 50, 54, 58, 64, 68, 69, 75. Draw No
11261: 4, 14, 15, 24, 28, 34, 37, 44, 46,
48, 49, 50, 52, 59, 66, 68, 72, 73, 77, 80.
Draw No 11262: 3, 7, 16, 19, 20, 25,
26, 28, 32, 36, 38, 46, 50, 57, 63, 70, 71,
74, 78, 79. Draw No 11263: 2, 3, 6, 11,
14, 23, 25, 26, 30, 33, 35, 37, 39, 40, 46,
50, 62, 66, 67, 74.
City starts mop-up after deluge
A man’s body has been found in the
Waikato River between Huka Falls and
the Aratiatia Dam.
The body of 45-year-old Oscar Dennis
Olsen of Tolaga Bay was recovered by
police on Tuesday afternoon.
Police are now appealing for
information about Mr Olsen’s last
He had been wearing an electronic
monitoring bracelet after being granted
electronic bail in January, but last week
the bracelet was removed and his
whereabouts were not known. The death
was not being treated as suspicious at
this stage, police said. — NZ ME
Body in river
Importing live eggs covered in dirt
without declaring them has cost a New
Plymouth woman more than $45,000.
Chicken enthusiast Karen Joanne
Legget, 52, bought live eggs in eBay
auctions from vendors in Scotland,
England and Wales, and then had them
delivered to a friend’s address in England.
Her friend then repackaged them and
falsely declared them as “chocolate eggs”
on a British customs form.
Three separate packages were identified
as “risk material” by x-ray and intercepted
at the Auckland International Mail
Centre in 2012.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
said the eggs had not been sterilised and
there was still dirt and faeces on some of
Legget was sentenced on Friday,
after earlier being found guilty of three
Biosecurity Act charges of knowingly
possessing unauthorised goods, at a
judge-only trial in March.
Judge Charles Blackie fined Leggett
$15,000 on each charge and $630 costs
— $45,630 in total.
David Blake said she put the poultry
industry and wild bird populations at
“considerable risk” by attempting to
illegally import live eggs for her hobby.
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Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says
critics blaming the council for poor
stormwater drainage systems in
the wake of last night ’s deluge are
The city has woken up to severe
flooding this morning after heavy
rains battered the region through
Southern Dunedin was the hardest
hit area, with people sandbagging
houses to keep floodwaters out
and emergency ser vices attending
hundreds of call-outs.
But Mr Cull told TV3’s Paul
Henry programme this morning
the stormwater system maintenance
was up to date.
The older parts of Dunedin had
been hit the hardest because they
were lower lying and had older
drainage systems and pipes, he said.
“The simple fact is that the
stormwater pipes are not capable
and would have never been capable
with this amount of rain.
“ We have quite a low rain fall by
national standards. The problems
are in the lowest areas of town
and they ’re also in the oldest
areas of town with the oldest
An unknown number of residents
were evacuated last night including
an entire rest home and more might
need to be moved out today, he said.
Schools in the city remained shut
Teams would go door-knocking
around homes in the city to find out
more about the damage because the
flooding had taken phone lines out,
Mr Cull said.
“ We’ll do a post-mortem a bit
later and we’ ll see if there’s any
lessons going for ward into the
More rain is expected to hit the
city today today with a heavy rain
warning in place.
Another 30 to 40mm on top of
what has already fallen is expected,
Metser vice said.
Mr Cull said the city faced big
challenges in decades ahead to
ensure its stormwater system could
cope with floods.
He told Radio New Zealand
that south Dunedin “used to be a
swamp” and groundwater levels
were already a problem.
He said the infrastructure would
struggle to cope in years ahead
“That is a big challenge ahead . . .
as sea level rise kicks in.”
Fire Ser vice shift commander
Andrew Norris said fire crews had
attended hundreds of call-outs
since midday yesterday due to the
The student army and Surf Life
Saving Club’s water rescue team
also mobilised to battle the water
with sandbags through the night,
“Often there was very little we
could do, it was just a matter of
offering advice and reassurance to
“ We just can’t pump out city
blocks full of water.”
It had been quietening down in
the past six hours and people were
readying themselves for a day of
cleaning up, he said early today.
The Fire Ser vice could help with
some of the effort but there was also
a burden on insurance companies to
hire contractors to get some of the
water out, he said.
“ Today will be a major clean-up
“Most of it should drain away
naturally. However there will
be a lot of properties that have
basements in low-lying area that it
will pond in so they will need some
sort of assistance in those areas. ”
Severe surface flooding and slips
have forced a number of main roads
in D unedin to remain closed.
Several parts of State highway 1,
Taieri Road, State highway 87 and
Portobello Road were included in
the closures. — NZ ME
Shock as ‘canyon’ opens up under house
A Northeast Valley resident was in
for a shock when he looked out the
window to see a slip had opened up
a “canyon” in his section leaving his
kitchen hanging in mid-air.
Marty Duffy, who lives up a
driveway at the end of Allen Street,
his cat Honky and his dog Belle were
evacuated by police about 4pm after
there was a major slip in front of his
house about an hour earlier.
He was in the house when the slip
opened up a “canyon” in his section and
left his kitchen hanging in mid-air.
“ I just heard all this banging in
the kitchen and went out there and
opened the window to have a look
outside and the window wouldn’t
“So I looked out the other window
and . . . where there was a paddock
there is now a bloody great canyon. ”
About 200 tonnes of earth was on his
driveway, which meant he could not get
his vehicle out.
He hoped the whole house would not
“ But, it could happen, that ’s why the
police wanted me to get out of there
He was staying with his girlfriend,
who lived on the opposite side of
Northeast Valley and hoped to get hold
of a digger to clear the earth on his
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Marty Duffy prepares to leave with his cat Honky after a slip opened up a “canyon” in his section.
New health and safety legislation
had already been watered down
before Government MPs revolted
and demanded further changes to the
It raises new questions about just
how much weaker the Government
intends to make the Health and
Safety Reform Bill, which was
written in the wake of the Pike River
Mine disaster, Radio New Zealand
But National MPs worried the
legislation would impose too much
red tape, particularly on small
That prompted them to raise
concerns within their caucus and
force the Government to delay the
reporting back of the bill so more
changes can be made to it.
Yet changes already made to the
original bill appeared to meet many
of their concerns, Radio NZ said.
For instance, the draft the MPs
objected to already removed a number
of requirements on small businesses.
Any firm employing fewer than 20
workers no longer had to allow its
employees to elect a health and safety
representative. In the draft bill worker
participation in health and safety
would apply only in larger firms.
Nor would small firms have to
appoint health and safety committees.
At the same time several pages of
clauses relating to the powers and
responsibilities of health and safety
representatives have been deleted
from the legislation.
Clauses requiring that work in
certain workplaces be authorised
have also been deleted. That included
removing a clause requiring that work
should only be carried out by a person
who had the prescribed experience
There are also other changes which
would water down the intent of the
original legislation, Radio NZ said.
So it is not clear why National MPs
then were so resistant to the draft that
was being prepared to be reported
back to Parliament last week.
Possibly they oppose sanctions that
remained in the draft legislation.
Under those clauses employers
could face fines or imprisonment for
breaches, but only in cases where they
act recklessly or “ without reasonable
excuse engages in conduct that
exposes any individual to whom that
duty is owed to a risk of death or
serious injury or serious illness”.
On reading the draft no employer
is at risk as long as they take sensible
and reasonable precautions to keep
their workers safe.
But clearly, as the draft bill was
written, it lacked the majority support
of National MPs.
On the other side of politics it
would have also faced opposition
from Labour, the Greens and
probably New Zealand First because
it was watering down health and
Their opposition is only likely to
strengthen once the redrafted draft
of the legislation finally gets reported
back to Parliament at the end of July.
National MPs will presumably vote
for that draft, as will Act ’s David
Seymour. When it comes to a vote
it might be United Future’s Peter
Dunne and/or the Maori Party’s
Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox
who determine whether the bill does
become law. — N ZN
Work safety legislation already watered down
Teacher loses licence
over student sex
A teacher who seduced two of her
pupils — including “sexting” them and
pulling one boy out of classes so they
could have sex — has lost her teacher’s
licence, but will not face criminal charges
over the inappropriate relationships.
Melanie Hendriks initiated sexual
relationships with the St John’s College
pupils when she was a drama teacher at
the Hamilton school.
During that time she engaged in sexual
acts on school premises with one of the
boys, known as student A, and excused
him from classes, study periods and
assemblies so they could have sex, a
Teachers’ Council disciplinary decision
Ms Hendriks also sent the student
text messages — the contents of which
were too graphic to print — and sexy
and provocative photographs. The
photographs were taken on school
premises and during school hours, and
were sent to Student A during school
hours, the Teachers’ Council report says.
The communication continued even
after she was stood down from the
school in November last year, when the
allegations first emerged.
“I can’t stop thinking about us,” she
A second pupil, student B, began a
sexual relationship with Ms Hendriks
after she gave him a number of lifts
home from school and took him into
her drama room to “talk about ‘us’,” the
She took him home up to 15 times, and
they had sex in the back of her car four
times, it was claimed.
Ms Hendriks also sent student B text
messages, including one in which she
encouraged him to lie to his mother so
he could get out of the house and meet
up with her.
Both boys, reportedly 17 at the time,
“suffered immense stress and potential
for ridicule from their friends”, the
Teachers’ Council said.
The disciplinary tribunal said her
actions amounted to serious misconduct,
and referred her to the police. Following
an investigation the police said they
would not prosecute Ms Hendriks.
The council’s decision said Ms
Hendriks “accepts the particulars” of the
charge and that her actions amounted to
It ordered her to be censured, her
teacher’s registration cancelled, and to
pay costs of almost $2000. — N Z ME
Drivers lucky as road washed away
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Two cars in a ditch after part of Highcliff Road on Otago Peninsula
was swept away in front of them last night.
Cold, damp State house
linked to child’s death
A cold and damp Housing
New Zealand home contributed
to the death of a toddler from
bronchopneumonia, a coroner has
South Auckland toddler Emma-
Lita Bourne, two, died in Starship
Hospital on August 8 last year.
A coroner’s findings into her
death has ruled she died from
an acute brain bleed, caused by a
septic embolism as a result of her
Shortland said the house, in
Otara, could not be ruled out as a
contributing factor in her illness
and subsequent death.
The house in question was
described as being very cold and not
getting much sunshine. There were
no carpets and only floorboards.
Mr Shortland said in his view the
house was unhealthy for the family,
with one of the older children
taking medicine for rheumatic fever
at the time.
“ It is entirely possible the house
had contributed to the pneumonia-
like illness that Emma-Lita was
suffering at the time of her death.”
In the days leading up to the
toddler’s hospital admission on
August 6, she had been lethargic
and clearly unwell.
Her mother, who also has three
other children, had taken her to
the doctor on August 5, where she
was treated for a fever, cough and
The doctor found she had a viral
upper respiratory tract infection
and prescribed her antibiotics and
other medications. However, a
day later the toddler had seizures
while at home and was rushed to
resuscitation, was intubated and
sedated in order to maintain
her airways overnight. The next
morning her pupils were found to
be dilated and non-reactive to light.
A CT scan later revealed Emma-
Lita had suffered a bleed in her
She was then transferred to
Starship Hospital’s intensive care
unit, where she was found to be
brain dead. A decision was made
to stop life support on the Friday
afternoon and Emma-Lita died
Mr Shortland said in his findings
her family and medical professionals
had done all they possibly could to
However, the pneumonia-related
clot ’s position in the blood vessels
supplying her brain was extremely
rare, and an unpredictable medical
Nevertheless, he could not exclude
the cold, damp condition of the
Housing NZ home, during winter
months, as a contributing factor.
He acknowledged Housing NZ
attempted to assist the family with
a heater, but high electricity costs
made it impossible to use within
the family’s budget.
The report revealed Housing NZ
had since conducted a tenancy
inspection of the property, which
will undergo a vacancy upgrade to
meet Health and Safety standards
before being re-let.
The family has also been moved to
a more suitable property; a stand-
alone four-bedroom house with
carpet in the bedrooms and hallway,
drapes throughout the house and
electric heating in the lounge.
Housing NZ has also confirmed
it has insulated all of its properties
Mr Shortland concluded there
were still a number of challenges
associated with social housing the
agency continued to tackle.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Convicted double murderer Scott
Watson has won a court battle which
could allow him to meet a journalist
behind bars and break his 17-year
Watson sought a judicial review in the
High Court at Christchurch last month
after claiming the chief executive of
Corrections refused to allow him to meet
North and South reporter Mike White.
Watson is currently ser ving a 17-year
sentence for the 1998 New Year’s Day
murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope
in the Marlborough Sounds. Parole will
be considered next month.
His lawyer Kerry Cook claimed any
impact on victims was overruled by a
possible miscarriage of justice.
Watson had gained hope from the cases
of David Bain and Teina Pora, Mr Cook
said, and he hoped the public would
also lend their support to his claims of a
miscarriage of justice.
Corrections lawyer Paul Rishworth
told the court the chief executive made
his decision in line with the law, and
balanced many different factors.
“He balanced those interests, he
miscarriage of justice concerns, and
made a decision that was his to make,”
Justice Rachel D unningham today
released her reser ved decision, which
found Corrections’ stance to have been
She quashed the Corrections decision
to decline permission for White to
inter view Watson.
While Justice Dunningham said there
was “no rational basis for declining a
face-to-face inter view between Mr
White and Mr Watson”, there may be
conditions, particularly as to the format
of the inter views, and controls on the
distribution of any recorded materials,
the chief executive of Corrections may
wish to impose when revisiting the
decision. — N ZM E
Watson wins interview case
Woman run over
An elderly woman died after being hit
by a van in Orewa yesterday.
The woman was crossing the road when
she was hit by the van at Hillary Square
about 1.30pm. Bystanders helped to
provide first aid but she died at the scene.
It is believed the driver of the van was
leaving the Hillary Square car park and
turned right on to the road before hitting
the woman. Police said the driver was
very shaken. — NZ ME
Bus hits pedestrian
A woman hit by a bus in central
Auckland is in a stable condition at
Auckland City Hospital.
The 28-year-old woman was hit on
Albert Street about 7.30pm yesterday
and taken to hospital with serious
injuries. Inspector Chris Tate of northern
police communication said she had head
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