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A man crushed by a slab of concrete
at a stone factory in Albany yesterday
is in hospital with two broken wrists
and bruising. Stone Warehouse
manager Kerry Houghton said the
25-year-old man was expected to go
home today. It was too early to say
what may have caused the accident,
he said. The incident happened
about 4.30pm yesterday at the Stone
Warehouse in Rosedale. — NZME
Women save man
Four women rescued a man from
drowning yesterday in the Taruheru
River that flows through the centre of
Gisborne. He was found face-down
in the water by the women on the
eastern side of the Peel Street bridge
at 10.30am. Two of them jumped in
and dragged the 51-year-old man
to the bank. The man was taken to
Gisborne Hospital in a moderate to
serious condition. He took water into
his lungs and was in the intensive
care unit for obser vation overnight.
— NZ M E -Gisborne Herald
Quake off Kaikoura
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake has
struck off the coast of Kaikoura.
Geonet said the 79km-deep quake
struck 145km east of Kaikoura at
4.55am yesterday. The quake was
lightly felt in central New Zealand,
according to Geonet user reports.
Assault victim serious
A man was attacked in Wellington
last evening. He was taken to
Wellington Hospital with serious
head injuries after being assaulted
with a weapon on Luxford Street
near the intersection of Rintoul
Street, in Newtown, about 5.40pm.
The Wellington armed offenders
squad was called out to search a
house in Luxford Street, but no
arrests have been made. — NZ ME
Bail bid declined
One of the two men charged with
attempting to murder Wanaka
man Kahu Vincent has had his
application for bail turned down.
The men, aged 34 and 39, have been
in custody since being arrested soon
after an incident at the Ardmore St
Night ‘n Day store about 3.15am
on May 9. Neither has pleaded to
charges including aggravated assault
and theft of groceries. Mr Vincent
remains in D unedin Hospital with
serious head injuries. The younger
man appeared in the High Court
at Invercargill yesterday with an
audio-visual link to Justice Cameron
Mander in Christchurch. Justice
Mander ordered the man remain in
custody until a case review hearing
on August 11. — Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 11292: 3,
9, 14, 16, 18, 19, 28, 29, 35, 36, 39, 41,
46, 47, 49, 54, 56, 59, 69, 72. Draw No
11293: 5, 7, 11, 14, 15, 24, 27, 32, 35,
40, 50, 54, 63, 64, 65, 66, 70, 71, 75, 78.
Draw No 11294: 3, 20, 23, 28, 29, 30,
37, 41, 45, 47, 49, 53, 54, 56, 58, 62, 67,
78, 79, 80. Draw No 11295: 1, 2, 6, 10,
19, 20, 21, 35, 37, 40, 46, 51, 54, 55, 57,
58, 59, 65, 67, 71.
Birthday joyride on railway line
A man found dead on Orewa Beach
yesterday has been identified.
The 31-year-old Japanese man was
found by a member of the public just
after 7.30am yesterday.
The man’s family have been informed
and police are offering assistance.
His name has not yet been made public.
Investigations into the circumstances
are ongoing, but at this stage it appears
likely the death will be referred to the
coroner, police said. — NZ ME
Families of children whose graves
were desecrated in an appalling act of
vandalism are surprised and relieved an
arrest has finally been made.
Charges were laid against a 43-year-
old woman yesterday, almost a month
after dozens of infant and stillborn
babies’ graves were damaged at Papakura
Cemetery in south Auckland.
Vicki Bates, whose daughter Madison
was buried at the cemetery, spoke of her
relief shortly after the arrest was made.
“I didn’t think they ’d actually be able to
find the person, and I’m very surprised it
was a female,” she said.
“O bviously (they have) got no morals or
motherly instincts in them, to do that to
babies’ graves — I can’t quite understand
how someone could do it. ”
Ms Bates said the person arrested could
benefit from being caught.
“They will be able to get the help they
need because they’re obviously not right.”
Ms Bates praised police for their efforts.
“The police have done a really good job
with what little information they had.
I’m a little bit happy, relieved, everything
Inspector Mark Rowbottom of
Counties Manukau police would not
talk about the woman’s motivations for
destroying the graves because she was
now before the courts.
But he said it was a relief to have made
the arrest for the upsetting crimes that
occurred on May 16.
“ We had a team working full time on
this case for weeks, and it’s a great relief
for them and for the families affected to
have someone facing charges before the
“The circumstances of the damage to
the graves was devastating to so many
families and we are pleased to have made
this arrest for them.
“ We’d also like to thank the community
and the many members of the public
who came for ward to help us identify
“ We received a lot of support from
instrumental in making this arrest.”
Auckland Council, which owns and
runs the cemetery, said it was pleased to
hear of the arrest.
Cemeteries manager Catherine Moore
said she welcomed the news.
“The council would like to thank the
police for their efforts and their support
of our staff and the families following
this distressing incident.” — NZME
A 21-year-old learner driver caught
the attention of police when he
decide to take his birthday present
for a joyride on the railway line at
The Taieri Gorge train was briefly
stopped about 4.30pm yesterday as
the birthday boy and two friends
parked their car under the rail bridge
at North Taieri Road.
The car’s driver accessed the rail line
through an unlocked access road.
The car’s occupants were lucky,
especially as a train was using the
line at the time, senior constable
Andrew Camp said.
The 21-year-old received the car
as a birthday gift and, despite being
a learner driver, decided to take “a
joyride with two friends” on the
He was parked under the rail bridge
when police arrived, Mr Camp said.
The incident was reported by a
member of the public.
Kiwi Rail, which owns the line,
said no infrastructure was damaged
by the incident.
Kiwi Rail could not comment on
why the access gate was unlocked, a
But the incident was “taken
“All incidents are avoidable if
people don’t take foolish risks,” she
Dunedin Railways operations
manager Grant Craig said the
delay to the Taieri Gorge train was
He declined to comment on the
incident as it was up to Kiwi Rail to
“deal with those idiots”.
Mr Camp said it was too early to
comment on what, if any, charges
would be laid against the driver.
— Otago Daily Times
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A workman inspects the main trunk rail lines at Abbotsford after a car
was reported on the lines yesterday afternoon.
A protest campaign has erupted against
a F letchers proposal to build up to 480
homes near Auckland Airport on land
that includes lava caves that were used as
Maori burial sites for generations.
The 32ha site valued at $11.85 million
has been designated a special housing
area, which means the project is likely to
be notified only to adjacent landowners.
About 100 people attended a protest
meeting on Wednesday night called by
a group of young cousins at the nearby
Makaurau Marae, the ancestral home
of the Te Waiohua people who gave
Auckland its original name of Tamaki
But their tribal leader, Te Warena Taua,
who chairs the marae committee, says he
accepted the development because he
could not stop it.
He led a tribal challenge in the
Environment Court against extending
the metropolitan urban limit outwards
to include the property in 2012, but lost.
“ It’s privately-owned land. If Fletchers
doesn’t develop it, someone else will,” he
Fletchers’ application to the O verseas
Investment Office, which was required
to approve the deal because 56% of the
company ’s shares are foreign-owned,
shows that it plans to vest almost half
the land (16.2ha) in Auckland Council
for “roads, reser ves, walkways and other
public amenities”, including an area to
be added to the historic reser ve.
It says the other 16.6ha will be used
to build 350 to 480 homes over the next
eight years, including terrace, duplex and
The land was confiscated by the Crown
in 1863 and has been owned by the
Wallace family since 1866.
A Wallace descendant who grew up
on the land and still lives there at 87,
Ailsa Blackwell, said she helped a friend
gather “a sugar-bag full” of human bones
from a cave on the farm for a school talk
at Mangere Central School about 1940.
“It was my job to hold them up at
the school for the talk,” she said. “ The
headmistress was shocked. She took
them straight up to Pukaki Pa. ”
An Auckland Council spokeswoman
said there were at least three burial caves
on the land. L ocal resident Haki Wilson,
who has explored two of them, said
they extended uphill from the Wallace
property into the Stonefields reser ve,
and were large enough to stand up in.
Another member of the protest group,
journalist Qiane Matata-Sipu, said the
group would not be satisfied even if
Fletchers protected the caves.
“ Look at it,” she said, sur veying the
farmland stretching downhill from the
caves. “ This is all that ’s left. We don’t
want to be left with this little box (a
small protected area).”
However Heritage NZ Maori manager
Te Kenehi Teira said the development
would need an archaeological authority.
“It will end up on my desk at some
stage. I will take it straight to the Maori
Heritage Council for a decision because
of the magnitude of the place,” he said.
Housing Minister Nick Smith said
the area could house “480 families
in an area where there is some of the
highest housing need in Auckland” and
he would be “disappointed if the issues
could not be resolved in such a way that
enabled the housing development on
this privately owned land to proceed”.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A man found in the bathroom of
an Auckland mall with a “jar full of
chemicals” is in a stable condition.
Yesterday afternoon, three St
John paramedics were admitted
to hospital after coming into
contact with an unknown chemical,
understood to be a liquid, while
treating the man in a bathroom at
Middlemore spokeswoman Lauren
Young said the man paramedics
treated was now stable in a ward at
Experts are still trying to identify
the mystery chemical found with the
The St John staff came into contact
with the chemical when they treated
the man who is understood to have
been injecting it from a jar in a toilet
at Westfield Manukau.
The man was found by a cleaner
Nancy Latu said she was cleaning
the women’s toilet next door to the
men’s facilities when she heard a
noise, and another cleaner found the
man in a cubicle.
The chemical had a very strong
smell, she said.
“ For me, it was almost like when
you enter a hospital. I came outside
and saw an ambulance officer run
outside and try to breathe.”
She saw the man in the cubicle
slumped over, with syringes set up
Numerous police, firefighters and
St John vehicles descended upon
the shopping centre, on the corner
of Great South Road and Manukau
The Westfield Manukau car park
was converted into a decontamination
base and people were seen being
given something to drink, vomiting
and then being hosed down behind
Walker said the three paramedics
and the male patient were taken to
Middlemore Hospital in Otahuhu
after the ordeal.
The original patient and one
paramedic were initially in a serious
condition. The others were less sick.
One of the paramedics was treated
and discharged soon after arrival at
Middlemore, and the other two were
discharged last night.
The original patient was still in
the emergency department last
night but was stable, Middlemore
spokeswoman Lauren Young said.
Fire Ser vice spokesman Jaron
Phillips said hazardous-material
crews decontaminated personnel and
took control of the chemical.
Westfield spokeswoman Debra
McGhie said the mall was not
evacuated and all shops were open
and operating again by 3pm.
She said because there was not a
“security threat ” to the shopping
centre, no security measures would be
Westfield Manukau was patrolled
by security guards and CCTV
cameras were operating, so every
incident was monitored.
The incident came after a terrorist
group in Somalia released a video
advising its supporters to attack
Westfield malls around the world.
“This is a very rare occurrence,
what ’s happened today,” Ms McGhie
“ We responded to the situation
pretty much immediately. It was a
rare occurrence but irrespective of
that, we monitor activity. That ’s part
of what we do, that’s part of our
procedures,” she said.
A police spokeswoman said the
man in the toilet was understood
to have been “self-administering
“The mall wasn’t closed or evacuated,
there is no risk to the public and it’s
business as usual now,” she said.
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said the
chemical had not been identified
last night but would be investigated
by Auckland Council’s hazardous
An Auckland Council spokeswoman
refused to comment.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Mall chemicals scare man stable
damaged town hall will be given a
$127 million restoration, the city
council has decided.
The heritage-listed city centre
building, located on the banks
of the river Avon in downtown
Christchurch, has been closed
since suffering damage in the
ferocious shaking of the deadly
February 22, 2011 tremor.
Yesterday, city councillors voted
12-1 in favour of fully restoring
the landmark Sir Miles Warren
Restoration work is expected to
begin within weeks and is to be
completed in June 2018.
Given the council’s $1.2 billion
funding shortfall, the decision to
restore the Town Hall had not
been made lightly, Mayor Lianne
“ While the town hall holds a
special place in the hearts of so
many Christchurch people, it was
important this decision made
sense financially,” she said.
“After careful consideration, this
was the most cost-effective way
to restore an important civic and
performing arts facility to the
city and we’re looking for ward to
Most of the building’s damage
was caused by liquefaction and
lateral spreading of the ground
towards the Avon River.
It dropped 300mm in some
areas and up to 600mm in others.
A number of options for the
future of the Town Hall were
considered, including partial
restoration or building a new
The recommendation to fully
restore was based on a business
case carried out by Deloittes
that identified it was the most
financially viable option that
would also provide the fit-
for-purpose civic, cultural and
performing arts facilities a city
the size of Christchurch needs.
A total of $127.5m has been
budgeted for the restoration.
It will be partially funded by a
$68.9m insurance contribution,
with ratepayers contributing the
balance of $58.6m. To receive a
full insurance payout, the council
had to restore the town hall in its
Liam Nolan, unit manager of
anchor projects, said the council
had done a significant amount of
pre-restoration work to determine
the level of risk associated with
Tenders received for the repair
and refurbishment gave the
council certainty that the project
could be delivered within the
“ We are confident that the
project will be brought in on time
and on budget,” Mr Nolan said.
“The repair method that has
been chosen will see the building’s
strengthened, ensuring the Town
Hall can be used and enjoyed for
the next 50 years.”
The restoration work includes
repairing and strengthening
the Town Hall to 100% of
new building standard as well
as a significant upgrade and
refurbishment of the facility.
It includes a “possible
reconfiguration” of the James Hay
Theatre, which was criticised in
the past for its poor acoustics that
were not up to scratch for modern
music concerts. — N ZM E
Christchurch Town Hall gets $127m revamp
Earthquake damage to the steps of the Christchurch Town Hall.
Former All Black Jerry Collins is to be
farewelled at a public funeral ser vice in
Porirua next week.
Collins’s manager, Tim Castle, said his
funeral would be held at Te Rauparaha
Arena on Wednesday next week.
Members of the public were welcome
“The family knows that Jerry was
loved and admired by the people of his
hometown of Porirua and beyond. He
was one of them and played a big role in
“The family understands and knows
very well that many people want to join
them in paying tribute and showing their
love and respect for him,” Mr Castle said.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
People are “dreaming” if they
think installing a commissioner
would mean an end to health cuts,
departing Southern District Health
Board chairman Joe Butterfield
Mr Butterfield and the rest of the
board are waiting to learn their fate
from Health Minister Dr Jonathan
Coleman, who might sack them.
Mr Butter field stood by decisions
like hospital food outsourcing
that made the board unpopular
with the public.
“ You’ve got to be prepared to make
the tough calls, and we obviously
haven’t made enough, or the
minister wouldn’t be considering
“Clearly, we upset people with our
decision to go down the food track.
“Clearly, some people in Central
(Otago) thought we were being
People were “dreaming” if they
thought health cuts would be halted,
as a commissioner would pick up
where the board had finished.
Without changes, next year’s
deficit would be “north of $42
Many of his 10 fellow board
members — seven of whom were
elected — were unhappy.
“ Nobody likes being turfed out in
the cold. So, of course, a lot of them
are upset about the proposal.”
Mr Butterfield, of Timaru, agreed
with his chief executive, Carole
Heatly, who said this week a
commissioner should be a local.
Mr Butterfield said a local would
know the area, and would have less
need to travel.
Association of Salaried Medical
Ian Powell said the south was in
“ high risk territory” facing the
“It would depend an enormous
amount on the experience and
understanding of the health system
the person has, and also the brief
that they have to operate under.”
Mr Powell’s message to anyone
wanting the board to be sacked was
“ be careful what you ask for, you
might get it”.
Something had to change at
the board, but Mr Powell was not
convinced a commissioner was the
right move. — Otago Daily Times
More health cuts tipped
Charge in record loot case
A man has been charged in relation
to a record haul of stolen property
that included scaffolding, dishwashers,
fireworks and a 30,000-litre water tank.
The arrested 43-year-old man was
from Dairy Flat in north Auckland,
where the haul was discovered. He has
been charged with 32 counts of receiving
The total value of the stolen goods
he was alleged to have received was
estimated to be $178,319.
The stash included a wide range of
items, some mundane and others more
A boat on a trailer, stolen from Huntly,
120km away, was found with motorcycles
and quad bikes.
A variety of homeware, including
ovens, vanity units, hot-water cylinders
and fridge freezers were also found.
There was also dozens of bags of
cement, fireworks, power tools and
a 30,000-litre water tank which was
stolen from rural Waitoki, west of Dairy
The items were stored in a dozen
shipping containers, two horse floats and
several outsheds on the property.
The man has been remanded in custody
and will reappear in the North Shore
District Court on July 1.
“The task of identifying who all the
stolen property belongs to has been huge,
but at the same time very rewarding,”
said Sergeant Greg Foster of Operation
He said police had managed to reunite
about 80 per cent of the property with its
“This has really highlighted the need
for people to take note of things such
as serial numbers, or to mark property
in a way that you can remember, so that
when we get a find like this, we can get
the goods back to their owners and at
the same time, prove that they are in fact
The investigation was ongoing and
as more stolen property was identified
the man was expected to face further
charges, police said.
More arrests were likely. — NZ ME
Unauthorised plumbing conviction
A Christchurch man is the second
person in Canterbury to be convicted
for carrying out plumbing work without
authorisation within the last two weeks.
Scott Double was one of a number of
people uncovered for working illegally in
the region during an authorisation audit
of about 80 building construction sites,
Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers
board chairman Peter Jackson said.
He said plumbing, gasfitting and
drainlaying were regulated industries
in New Zealand and it was illegal to do
work unless authorised by the board.
Provision of ser vices was restricted
because of the serious effects substandard
sanitary plumbing, gasfitting and
drainlaying could have on public health
Justice Neave ordered Double to pay
a $2700 fine, a $226 solicitor’s fee and
$130 in court costs in the Christchurch
The board was following up on
all remaining cases of unauthorised
illegal operators identified during the
Canterbury enforcement project, Mr
Jackson said. He said the board was very
conscious of the substantial number of
tradespeople in Canterbury working
hard to get the region back on its feet,
and recognised their frustration in the
few undermining their efforts.
“As the Christchurch
progresses, Cantabrians can expect the
board’s licence audits to ramp-up. Those
who cheat the system and put public
health and safety at risk will be caught,”
Mr Jackson said. — NZ ME
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