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Crash injuries fatal
A teenage driver critically injured
after a crash in Mount Maunganui
has died. Liam Cole Simonson, 19,
of Tauranga, hit a parked car and
a tree on Oceanbeach Road about
4am on Sunday, June 7. He had to
be cut free from the vehicle. Mr
Simonson was taken to Waikato
Hospital’s intensive care unit in
a critical condition. He died on
Tuesday at 5pm, police said.
One person was flown to hospital
in a serious condition following a
two-truck crash in south Auckland.
A Fire Ser vice spokesman confirmed
the injured person was freed about
1pm yesterday. The crash happened
shortly after 11am on Heights Road
in Pukekohe. The trapped person was
the driver of one of the trucks.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Concern for woman
Police have serious concerns for
a woman missing from a mental
health facility on the North Shore.
Kathleen Conway, 48, left the
Hapuna Waiora Ward at North
Shore Hospital on foot, a short
time after being admitted yesterday
afternoon. She is described as having
short to medium-length brown hair
and was wearing a grey jersey and
blue pants. She is not believed to
have any money with her or access to
a vehicle. — NZ ME
Crash driver sought
A hit-and-run driver is being
sought by police after a crash in
Dunedin last evening. A four-door
silver Nissan sedan drove from the
parks outside the ship and collided
with a dark sport utility vehicle,
outside the On the Spot shop on
Middleton Road about 5.25pm,
police said. The driver then left the
scene without stopping.
— Otago Daily Times
A suspicious package was found
inside an ANZ bank branch in
Hamilton today. Police warned
locals to stay out of the Ward Street
area of the city after the package
was spotted just before 9am. Senior
sergeant Rupert Friend said the
immediate area surrounding the
bank had been evacuated and the
Defence Force bomb squad was
checking the package. — NZ ME
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 504 last
night. Successful numbers were 11,
12, 35, 36, 44, 47; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11316:
10, 13, 18, 20, 24, 30, 31, 32, 36, 37, 40,
43, 44, 54, 55, 58, 63, 74, 75, 77. Draw
No 11317: 6, 7, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 32,
39, 41, 48, 55, 59, 67, 68, 71, 73, 74, 75,
80. Draw No 11318: 1, 7, 9, 10, 18, 21,
23, 28, 31, 33, 40, 43, 46, 47, 51, 55, 62,
68, 76, 78. Draw No 11319: 6, 10, 13,
16, 18, 19, 21, 29, 41, 42, 45, 52, 56, 57,
60, 61, 63, 64, 71, 74.
National MP attacks own minister in transport spat
A teenager recovering from head
injuries had to be removed from a flight
to Christchurch today after appearing to
suffer a panic attack.
The 17-year-old male, who was
travelling with a female companion,
abruptly left his seat and went for ward
to cabin staff as NZ337 was taxiing for
take-off from Wellington.
The Boeing 737 returned to the gate,
but the man appeared to change his
mind and returned to his seat.
Cabin staff had initially persuaded him
to the door to disembark, but he returned
and buckled himself in.
He told airport security to “p— off ” and
“don’t touch me” repeatedly — saying he
wanted to go to Christchurch and had
paid for a ticket.
Police were called and passengers were
moved from the adjacent seats.
A police officer spoke calmly to the
man, who got up and left the plane
quietly. The captain informed passengers
the man had suffered a head injury from
a mountainbike accident. — NZ ME
A teenager who allegedly took a
front-end loader on a joyride around
Christchurch last night has been arrested
and charged by police.
Police were called to a Christchurch
address about 10.20pm, where a large
loader was reportedly being driven into
fences and parked cars.
The driver did not stop for police when
they arrived at the scene and made for a
not-so -speedy getaway, Inspector Derek
“The driver then drove the vehicle at
low speed around a number of eastern
“S hortly before midnight the vehicle
was driven along Fitzgerald Avenue
heading towards the city on the wrong
side of the road.
“The risk to the public and police had
significantly increased and a decision was
made to use chemical munitions to stop
Police gassed the cab of the vehicle,
causing it to slow and the driver to jump
from the cab.
A police officer then entered the vehicle
and brought it to a stop.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested in
relation to the incident, and will appear
in the Christchurch Youth Court
today charged with a range of offences,
including unlawfully taking a motor
vehicle, aggravated assault, intentional
damage, reckless driving and driving
with excess breath alcohol.
With so much construction equipment
in the city, police urged owners to ensure
their vehicles are locked and cannot be
accessed by members of the public.
It was also important that any unusual
activity in and around construction sites
was reported straight away, police said.
Maurice Williamson has attacked
his own minister over a transport
spat he compared to a “nuclear
The Pakuranga MP told Transport
Simon Bridges his
constituents were livid about setbacks
to the Auckland Manukau Transport
Initiative (AMETI) projects.
The New Zealand Transport
Agency (NZTA) and Auckland
Transport (AT) had a “dysfunctional”
relationship where “one hand doesn’t
seem to know what the other is
doing”, he said.
Mr Williamson blasted the agencies’
relationship at a transport select
committee hearing at Parliament
Auckland Transport chief executive
David Warburton had displayed an
“off ensive” attitude to local boards, he
A cancelled local flyover project had
an impact like a “nuclear explosion” or
“Roman candle” on his electorate, Mr
Local politicians or boards were
sometimes not consulted when
changes to local transport projects
were made, he said.
The two National Party MPs could
also not reach agreement on how
the Auckland Transport board was
Meanwhile, Auckland’s Britomart
transport hub will soon be so
crowded, the station will have to “ lock
the public out during the evening”,
Labour MP Phil Goff said.
Auckland was being forced to pay
more than its fair share towards the
City Rail Link, he said, and Auckland
business leaders were disappointed
with the Government.
Mr Bridges said he agreed with
Mr Goff that Auckland’s transport
issues needed urgent resolution. But
he said he “must be having different
conversations” with the business
community, because the Government
was receiving positive feedback about
its transport policies.
Mr Goff ’s colleague Phil Twyford
asked Mr Bridges if a cut in funding
the sealing of dirt roads would put
people’s lives at risk.
Mr Bridges said it would not.
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Lambs born after the air-
freighting of 900 pregnant
ewes to a businessman’s
Saudi farm suffered an
extremely high death rate,
it has been claimed.
About $1.5 million in
taxpayer money was spent
to fly the ewes to Hamood
Al Ali Khalaf ’s farm in
The National Party
has come under intense
pressure over its decision
to spend more than
$11m on the private farm
deal, kitting out Mr Al-
Khalaf ’s farm, including
flying sheep to the Saudi
demonstration farm, and
funding irrigation and the
building of an abattoir,
partly to resolve a dispute
and clear the way for a
regional free trade deal.
Last night One News reported that
not long after the ewes’ arrival a vet and
other staff were rushed over from New
More than 1100 lambs should have
been born, One News claimed, but fewer
than 300 were found alive.
Meanwhile, full detail in documents
relating to the controversial deal will
be revealed if Labour’s appeal to the
Ombudsman is successful.
The party’s export and trade spokesman
David Parker took the unusual step of
handing out cabinet papers under the
previous Labour Government yesterday
afternoon in order to “call the Prime
Minister’s bluff ”.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully
has blamed the previous Labour
Government for antagonising Mr Al
Khalaf to the point he took advice that
he could sue for $30m.
The spending on the farm was a way
to placate the businessman and clear the
way for a stalled regional free trade deal,
Mr Al Khalaf lost millions of dollars
when the ban was implemented under
the previous Labour Government, and
then subsequently extended by National.
Mr McCully has said that Labour had
misled Mr Al Khalaf about the prospects
of a halt on sheep exports for slaughter
being overturned, before
legislation was amended
to implement a permanent
Prime Minister John Key
has also hinted that cabinet
papers would emerge to
embarrass Labour over
its criticisms of National’s
commercial solution to
settle the dispute.
Mr Parker has attempted
to follow procedure and
have two old Labour
cabinet documents released
but has been blocked by
Yesterday he handed out
the 2007 documents, with
redactions that had been
made through the Cabinet
Office after consultation
with officials from relevant
There is no evidence any consideration
was given to a commercial solution
or the need for one in order to placate
investors including Mr Al Khalaf.
The papers do note that reaction from
investors and trading partners, including
Saudi Arabia, would be a risk of a total
Mr Key stuck to his criticism that Labour,
and specifically former trade minister Phil
Goff, had created the problem.
That was angrily denied by Mr Goff,
who said National had been caught out.
“I said to the Saudis in 2006 if
we can resolve this so that we meet
proper animal welfare standards, then
the resumption of live exports could
occur. Subsequently the international
issue became the nature of slaughter
of animals being exported live . . . the
examples were appalling.
“O ur cabinet made the decision that
not only were the welfare conditions
of the sheep during transport of
importance, but also the manner of
slaughter once they arrived in the
country of destination.”
Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs
Todd McClay told Parliament this week
he did not know whether Saudi farmers
had access to the farm. “ I’m not aware
there are a great number of farmers in
that part of the desert,” he added.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Mosgiel woman Win
Fitzgerald had more to celebrate
than just her 100th birthday
The centenarian, who marked
the milestone with friends and
family in Mosgiel, was also
celebrating news she would
be receiving a papal medal for
ser vices to the Catholic Church.
Mrs Fitzgerald ser ved on
the St Mary’s Church Council
in Mosgiel and the Catholic
Women’s League for many years.
She had also set up a prayer
group in the area which was
still running 20 years later, and
was a cleaner for both St Mary’s
Church and the subsequent Holy
Cross College Chapel.
Despite turning 100, Mrs
Fitzgerald is still the catering
convener for Catholic funerals
held at the church.
She went to church every
morning and yesterday was no
She attributed her longevity to
“It’s my faith that ’s got me
Born in Riverton, Mrs
Fitzgerald (nee Murphy) moved
to Mosgiel 67 years ago. She
attended Tahakopa Primary
School in the Catlins and
St Philomena’s boarding school in
She and late husband Edward
had 10 children.
Much of her time was spent at
However, she did find time to
keep fit by walking.
“(My daughter) Nola always
said I was the leader of the pack,
and now I’m the last one in it.”
These days, Mrs Fitzgerald is a
little slower than she used to be,
but that did not stop her keeping
walk to the post office and back
and I like to potter in the garden.
“As my doctor says, ‘If you don’t
use it, you lose it’.”
Mrs Fitzgerald has 24
grandchildren and 22 great-
Many of them were expected
to be among the more than 50
people who would attend a formal
celebration for Mrs Fitzgerald
on Saturday at Hotel Taieri. They
would be coming from as far
away as Australia and the United
States, youngest son Steve said.
— Otago Daily Times
Double celebration for centenarian
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Mosgiel woman Win Fitzgerald gets a call from a well-wisher on her 100th birthday yesterday.
The owner of eight sheep killed in a
two-pronged pit bull attack in south-
east Auckland last night says if the
dogs are not contained the chances of
a child being attacked is “very high”.
Mark Robinson said eight of the
14 sheep on his family’s Whitford
lifestyle block were dead after two
pit bulls came on to the property and
attacked them, before returning a
second time to “finish off ’ two they
“There’s one more that is alive which
I’m going to have to put down, it’s got
two broken legs and a burst windpipe,”
Mr Robinson said.
“ Five other ewes sur vived but were
all chewed up, so (we’re) getting a vet
in to assess them.”
Mr Robinson called 111 following
the first attack and the police referred
the incident to dog control.
Dog control was “getting to the
bottom of it ” and they had a good idea
of who the dogs belonged to but could
not yet confirm it, Mr Robinson said.
“ We said the owners should be
prosecuted . . . because to be honest
at 9 o’clock at night, if the kids had
been out and the dogs had come on
the property it could have been quite a
Mr Robinson had put the only
uninjured animal, a black lamb, into
the laundry after the first attack,
which meant it stayed safe when the
It was the only newborn lamb to
“ We think we might call him
Houdini,” Mr Robinson said.
“ We’re waiting to see if one of the
ones which sur vived was its mother,
we’re not too sure yet.”
If the mother of the lamb was dead,
the lamb would need to be hand-
raised. — NZME
Lamb sur vives dogs’ attack
The sur viving lamb, in Mark Robinson’s laundry this morning.
Calls grow for halt
to kauri log exports
Calls are mounting for a
moratorium on swamp kauri
exports amid claims the trade is
illegal and destroying Northland’s
The Forests Act 1949 bans the
export of swamp kauri logs, many
of which are tens of thousands of
years old, unless they are made
into finished timber products. But
opponents of the highly lucrative
trade say exporters are skirting the
ban by labelling kauri slabs as table
tops, or superficially car ving the
logs and calling them artworks.
The Far North Protection Society
says the Government is turning a
blind eye to the trade. That is denied
by Primary Industries Minister
Nathan Guy, who said there was no
loophole in the law and the export
of kauri logs as Maori car vings was
However, society chairwoman
Fiona Furrell said some of the
car ving was little more than
The draining and excavation
required to extract the logs was
destroying fragile wetlands and
dune lakes, she said.
Northland MP Winston Peters
yesterday added his voice to calls for
a moratorium. He called for a full
investigation into what authorities
had done, or failed to do, to police
an industry that was “quite clearly
avoiding the rules”.
The trade was not in New
Zealand’s interests and was a
tragedy for wetlands that were
being drained. Mr Peters conceded
the trade created jobs, but said they
were few in number and would not
“This is not an industry we
should be applauding. It is creating
wealth for a few, plundering
our environment and making a
mockery of our laws,” he said.
Green MP Eugenie Sage also
called for an inquiry and accused
the Government of failing to
enforce the Forests Act.
“MPI’s failure to uphold and
enforce the law means that ancient
wetlands are being plundered.
There are only a finite number of
these ancient logs in Northland and
once they are mined and exported,
they are gone forever. ”
Mr Guy said the export of kauri
logs as Maori car vings was closely
“I have seen photos where some
fantastic-looking kauri swamp
logs have been car ved, and they are
going to be an amazing feature for
our country. ”
Swamp kauri may be exported as
a finished or manufactured product,
or a personal effect. Whole or sawn
stumps or roots may be exported
with a milling statement and
export approval, but logs may not
be exported, either whole or sawn.
Most of the kauri goes to China
where it fetches high prices.
Oravida, a Chinese company
connected to MP Judith Collins’
husband, has a stockpile of swamp
kauri at Ruakaka.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Some parents whose children attend a
primary school in Canterbury have been
receiving threatening letters over the
past week, prompting police to conduct
an investigation into the matter.
Police said they had received reports
that two families, both with children
at Mount Pleasant School, in Mount
Pleasant, Christchurch, had received
threatening harm to children in the last
Detective Inspector Greg Murton
said police were working closely with
the families involved, as well as Mount
Pleasant School, to investigate the
“Police are treating this matter very
seriously and we have a team of detectives
working to identify the author of these
“ We have increased police patrols in
the area and also put additional security
in place for the families involved.
“ While there is no evidence of a
genuine threat towards any children at
Mount Pleasant School parents have
been advised of the existence of the
letters,” he said. — NZ ME
A security guard, who died in the
cells at Auckland District Court
yesterday afternoon, was allegedly
punched by a defendant.
Fire crews and ambulances arrived
at the court on Albert Street about
1pm after the medical emergency.
First Security confirmed the staff
member had died but deferred
to Corrections regarding the
circumstances of the incident.
Sources said the security guard
died after allegedly struggling with
a defendant but Corrections would
not confirm whether that was the
The source said the prisoner was
alleged to have punched the guard
who fell over and hit his head
before suffering a heart attack.
First Security general manager
Mike Rutherford said it was a “very
very tough” time and out of respect
for the employee concerned would
not discuss his identity or tenure.
Corrections Northern Regional
Commissioner Jeanette Burns also
expressed the sympathy of the
on further details about any
investigation into the death.
Police were unable to confirm
whether anyone would face charges
over the incident. — N Z ME
Security guard dies after court scuffle
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