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Fire destroys home
A resident suffered serious smoke
inhalation and minor burns after
escaping from a fire that gutted a
Christchurch home this morning.
Four fire crews battled the blaze
for almost six hours and it was now
extinguished, Fire Ser vice spokesman
Andrew Norris said. Crews were
called to Wayside Avenue about
12.40am and the large house was
well-involved when they got there.
A resident managed to escape the
flames and was taken to Christchurch
Hospital. The house suffered
extensive damage. — NZM E
Tot trapped in trolley
Carterton firefighters cut free
a one-year-old boy who caught
his leg in a supermarket trolley
while on a shopping trip with his
mum yesterday. Deputy fire chief
Brian Styles said there was initial
confusion with the details of the
call, taken about 8.20am. He said
firefighters arrived at the New World
supermarket to find the boy had
“pushed himself right through” a
supermarket trolley his mother was
pushing and had trapped his leg. A
bar had to be cut through on the
trolley and the youngster was freed
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
‘Injured’ youth drunk
A young man found unconscious on
Massey Road in Mangere on Tuesday
night was drunk, not critically
injured, police say. The 19-year-
old was rushed to Middlemore
Hospital about 9pm and police were
initially unsure what had caused
his condition. There were concerns
he may have been hit by a car and
sustained internal injuries. Yesterday
a police spokeswoman confirmed the
teen had been discharged and had
been “suffering the toxic effects of
alcohol”. — NZME
Woman, 86, hit by car
An elderly woman was seriously
hurt when she was hit by a car while
crossing the road in Manurewa
yesterday. Police said the 86-year-old
woman was hit on Russell Road, at
a pedestrian crossing, about midday.
The woman is in a serious condition.
Arrest over robberies
A man has been arrested and
charged in relation to two aggravated
robberies in Northland. The 36-year-
old Kerikeri local allegedly robbed
the Homestead Tavern on Tuesday
last week. A week later, he then
allegedly broke into a home on Three
Mile Bush Road, Kamo, police said.
The man will appear in the Kaikohe
District Court today. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11320:
48, 56, 58, 61, 65, 69, 70, 71. Draw No
11321: 1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 28, 35, 39, 41,
43, 44, 51, 54, 55, 56, 57, 63, 67, 76, 77.
Draw No 11322: 1, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22,
26, 30, 36, 37, 40, 50, 54, 56, 58, 62, 71,
72, 74, 75. Draw No 11323: 6, 13, 18,
20, 21, 36, 38, 39, 43, 44, 47, 49, 50, 58,
59, 65, 71, 75, 78, 80.
Starved woman: Mum had enough
The daughter of a woman who died
after refusing food and drink for more
than two weeks said her mother had
reached the point where “she felt she’d
Margaret Page died at a rest home
in Wellington in 2010 after refusing
food and drink for 16 days. Her
death sparked widespread debate
around the controversial issue of
The inquest into Mrs Page’s death
began in 2013 before Coroner Ian
Smith, who died before he issued his
The inquest continued today before
Coroner Deborah Marshall in
Wellington, after Mrs Page’s husband
and daughter indicated they wanted
to give further evidence.
Mrs Page suffered a cerebral
haemorrhage 20 years prior to her
death which left her disabled, and she
often told her family she no longer
wanted to live.
The 60-year-old was living in her
family home and was cared for by her
husband Barry Page until 2006, when
she was moved into residential care
at Wellington’s Madison House, later
named St John of God.
Mr Page, who was against Mrs
Page’s decision to stop eating, was
first to give evidence this morning.
He said a frustration towards the
care at Madison House contributed
to Mrs Page’s decision.
However, Mrs Page’s daughter
Jacinda Foote disputed this, and said
she only had praise for her mother’s
care over her last few weeks.
Ms Foote read an emotional
statement to the court today.
She said it was her mother’s “ love of
life and inner strength that defined
the person she was”.
“Mum was the life of the party,
everyone loved mum, and mum loved
Her mother was active, and loved
scuba diving, camping, tramping,
cycling, canoeing, karate and sailing,
But when her mother suffered from
a brain haemorrhage in 1996, “mum’s
life ceased as she knew it ”, Ms Foote
“ From that moment on our lives
Following this, Mrs Page was
confined to a wheelchair and needed
around-the-c lock care.
Ms Foote said Mr Page took care
of her mother, but when he started a
romantic relationship with a family
friend her mother’s behaviour became
When they found Mrs Page
unconscious in 2006 after falling
from her wheelchair, the decision
was made to put her into full-time
Ms Foote said she believed it was
her mother’s total loss of control that
lead her to make the decision to end
her own life.
“Mum decided starvation was the
only option left to her to end her
“As the days went by it became
apparent that mum was determined
not to eat or drink.
“Sadly, mum had just reached a
point where she felt she’d had enough,
she had been severely disabled and
confined to a wheelchair for 19 years,
she didn’t want another 20 years in
the same situation.”
Ms Foote said she believed the
staff at the rest home had offered her
mother the best care possible.
“ I only have praise for mum’s care in
the last few weeks. ”
Coroner Marshall reser ved her
findings. — NZ ME
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Chemicals stolen from varsity
A quantity of chemicals has
been stolen from University
some which could be used to
manufacture illegal drugs.
Police confirmed this morning
it was investigating a burglary
at the university’s chemistry
The burglary was likely to
have occurred on Sunday night,
detective sergeant Richard
“A scene examination has been
completed and police inquiries
are ongoing,” he said.
suspicious chemicals or discarded
chemical containers should call
111 immediately and not touch
A University of Canterbury
spokesman said the university
had taken immediate action
to move certain chemicals and
compounds to a more secure
central store and had checked
other departments on campus.
The university had also put
in place a range of additional
security measures across the
university campus. — N Z ME
A group of trampers has been
rescued from a Canterbury
mountain range after being
four women and one man,
were winched to safety about
10.40am, acting sergeant Paul
“They are all well but extremely
cold and are recovering in
Methven,” he said.
“The weather conditions in the
area are deteriorating and we
urge anyone planning a trip over
the weekend to check the forecast
and postpone if necessary.”
alerted to three of the trampers
about 11.30pm after they set off
a locator beacon in the Mount
The trio was unable to reach the
Pinnacles Hut after snow levels
Heavy snow prevented rescuers
reaching the group on foot and
a search helicopter was unable to
fly due to the weather conditions
last night, Mr Spencer said.
The trampers had good
equipment with them, including
tents, and set up camp in a
sheltered area overnight.
The two other trampers had
arranged to meet the three
women at the Pinnacles Hut and
were rescued at the same time
All of the trampers were
prepared for extreme conditions,
Mr Spencer said.
The incident follows a group of
four people who were rescued off
Mount Ngauruhoe in freezing
conditions on Wednesday,
prompting police to warn
trampers to be prepared.
Tramping trio rescued
An outraged animal welfare group
is offering a reward in a bid to track
down and prosecute a pet-owner who
callously threw a dog off a bridge into
the Wairoa River.
Tauranga SPCA is offering the
undisclosed reward for information
that will help it prosecute the person
Animal welfare inspector Anna
Porteous said the adult bitch was saved
by a group of people who happened to
be gathered in the picnic area near the
bridge just after 11pm yesterday.
“They saw a van like a Toyota Estima
come from the Katikati direction,” she
“It went across the bridge, stopped
and turned around and went to the
other side of the bridge, stopped
and turned around and drove to the
middle of the bridge. Then they heard
a big splash and then saw the dog in
the water,” Ms Porteous said.
“They called the dog over. The dog
was really timid and scared.”
The dog, believed to be a chocolate
Labrador-sharpie cross, is believed to
have fallen about 15m before hitting
Ms Porteous said the rescuers
managed to lasso the dog with some
rope while phoning the SPCA.
However, the dog was so scared of
people rescuers let it go after tying a
torch to the rope so SPCA emergency
responders could find it.
“They couldn’t really get near her but
they didn’t want her to run off,” Ms
The SPCA staff found the dog at
the picnic area and managed to take it
back to the Greerton shelter.
Ms Porteous said they had no idea
who the owner of the dog might be,
as it was not microchipped, but hoped
someone might recognise it or the
vehicle and get in touch.
The SPCA was used to reports
of puppies being dumped but was
surprised to hear of an adult dog being
abandoned in such a manner, she said.
“ People sometimes leave dogs, that ’s
not unusual, but to actually throw her
off a bridge and into water — that ’s
just low. It’s not even giving the dog a
chance,” Ms Porteous said.
She said the SPCA was taking the
matter very seriously and would like to
prosecute the people responsible.
She described Charity as a nice,
timid dog which was afraid of people.
— N Z ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Dog thrown off bridge
PICTURE: Bay of Plenty Times
Tauranga SPCA animal welfare inspector Anna Porteous with Charity, a
dog rescued after being thrown off a bridge.
for unbuilt centre
A big conference planned
probably be canned because
the city’s new convention
centre will not be open
in time, the Earthquake
Recovery Minister says.
It was lauded as a “win”
for the city just a few
months ago but yesterday
Gerry Brownlee said he
was puzzled event organisers even
booked the venue.
supposed to arrive for the Asia-
Oceania Conference of Physical and
Rehabilitation Medicine, giving the
quake-hit city a $2m boost.
Labour MP Ruth Dyson asked Mr
Brownlee if the conference planned for
November 2018 would still go ahead.
He said it was was “highly unlikely”
but he would not advise organisers to
“ It’s surprising to me that they ’ve
actually booked it. ”
Mr Brownlee told a parliamentary
select committee funding of the city’s
convention centre was yet to be decided.
The committee also heard debates
around the centre’s funding and
ownership were likely to continue for
“. . . It’s a very large asset, a very
expensive asset and I’m interested to
see us get to a point where we can be
confident we’re not doing the wrong
Mr Brownlee said it would be “wrong”
to funnel $300m of public money into a
But he said another option was to have
a private operator fund a privately-run
Mr Brownlee said an earlier cost-
sharing plan was based on the need that
existed to stimulate the city’s economic
recovery and break an impasse.
“Someone had to move,” Mr Brownlee
said. “ We can substantially
get that convention centre
under way at some point
but we will not rule out that
it will become privately-
owned at some point.”
He dismissed a suggestion
from Ms Dyson, Labour’s
that the centre project had
blown its budget.
“There’s no budget blow-up because
there’s no budget to work to at the
present time,” Mr Brownlee said.
Development Unit website said a
consortium of foreign firm Plenary
Group, and local firms Ngai Tahu
Property and the Carter Group, was
chosen as the preferred consortium
for the project ’s master-planning and
The centre was supposed to be open for
business at the end of 2018.
Disgraced former Cera boss Roger
Sutton said last year the convention
centre precinct would include hotels,
retail and accommodation facilities.
The convention centre was on the
block Armagh Street, O xford Terrace,
Worcester Street and Colombo Street
surrounded. It was expected to absorb
part of Gloucester Street.
Meanwhile, Mr Brownlee said the
Christchurch City Council had “a
challenge” to fulfil its 10-year plan.
“The plan at the moment requires them
to put up rates at quite an alarming
Mr Brownlee said current plans ran the
risk of relying on “massively over valued
The Christchurch city long term plan
planned to address a $1.2 billion funding
shortfall for earthquake recovery and
higher infrastructure costs. The plan also
dealt with issues including infrastructure
problems and rebuilding damaged
community facilities. — NZ ME
The Government wasted time and
money after “puncturing” a tyre recycling
scheme, the Opposition’s environment
A new scheme to safely recycle
thousands of tonnes of old tyres was
now needed, Labour’s Megan Woods
She said when the responsible minister,
Nick Smith, scuttled the project, he
dashed the hopes of industry groups and
wasted years of work on the project.
The scheme was supposed to stop
“old tyres leaching chemicals into New
Zealand’s water ways”, Ms Woods said.
“The industry is understandably
furious with this decision, after spending
thousands of dollars developing a plan
to protect our environment.”
She said Dr Smith told the industry
in 2012 to investigate a new regime for
recycling those old tyres which could
not be safely dumped in landfills.
Ms Woods said New Zealand dumped
62,000 tonnes of old tyres every year.
“ Nick Smith himself said they leach
contaminants and pose ‘a long term risk
to the environment ’. We need a plan to
recycle them safely. ”
David Vinsen, chief executive of the
Imported Motor Vehicle Industry
Association, earlier this month said
industry groups were “stunned” and very
disappointed about the u-turn.
But the Environment Ministry said
the ministry had commissioned further
analysis to “help determine if regulation
was needed or if there were other
options that might be equally or more
effective long term”.
“Disposal of tyres to municipal landfills
is still considered a safe disposal option
while markets emerge.
“Under the Resource Management
Act, the regional and district plans
permitted, including the storage of end-
When the initiative was launched,
Dr Smith said the Government would
provide $133,000 to the Product
Stewardship Foundation to explore
recycling options for used tyres.
“This funding will be used by the
foundation to work with tyre industry
importers and retailers to identify the
best way for New Zealand to recycle and
re-use our used tyres,” Dr Smith said at
the time. — NZ ME
Tyre scheme punctured — Opposition
Queenstown all set to par ty
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Queenstown Winter Festival director Lisa Buckingham is confident
tonight ’s official opening party and fireworks will go ahead as planned
following yesterday’s snowfall around the district.
It could not have been timed more
As the final preparations were being
made yesterday for tonight ’s official
opening of the 41st Queenstown
Winter Festival, snow fell thick and
fast around Wakatipu.
As it began to ease, the smile on
festival director Lisa Buckingham’s
face got bigger.
A predicted “ weather bomb” arrived
on time yesterday morning, bringing
snow to low levels in parts of the
district, but roads remained clear in
Ms Buckingham said the forecast
was being closely monitored.
A final call about tonight ’s opening
party — which traditionally attracts
tens of thousands of people — would
be made today.
“ We’re quietly confident we will be
running as per plan.
“ It is very exciting, actually. Here
we’ve got a winter festival and look at
the amazing snow.
“It’s always a challenge . . . but this is
what Queenstown is all about. ”
Provided that the official opening
goes ahead as planned, thousands of
people are expected to flock to the
town centre tonight to watch events on
the main stage. This year, it has been
moved from its previous position over
Lake Wakatipu to Steamer Wharf.
The festival will run until June 28.
— Otago Daily Times
New Zealand was once
home to a bizarre, king-sized
bat that walked on four limbs
and hunted its prey amid the
undergrowth of ancient jungle.
The scientists who discovered
the new species, much larger
than today ’s average bat, say
the mystacina miocenalis could
force a rethink on what we
know about bats in this part of
Their exciting find also
shows, for the first time, that
bats of the quirky mystacina
species, which include our
native greater and lesser short-
tailed bats, have hung out in
our forests for more than 16
The big bat was discovered
from fossils in Central Otago,
in sediment left over from a
vast, prehistoric body of water
known as Lake Manuherikia,
where scientists have already
found New Zealand’s oldest
frogs, lizards and land birds,
and our only crocodiles and
Its discoverers, from the
University of New South
Wales, University of Otago
and South Australia’s Flinders
University, have detailed the
bat in a study published in the
scientific journal PLOS One.
They say the extinct bat
fed on fruit, nectar, pollen,
insects and spiders, and had
structures in its limbs that were
specialised for walking. At
about 40g it would have been
about three times bigger than
the average bat today.
The mystacina bats are known
as “burrowing” bats because they
forage on the ground, scuttling
on their wrists and backward-
facing feet, while keeping their
wings tightly furled.
But until now scientists had
only been able to guess they
had been here for millions of
years. “Confirming that we’ve
had this mystacina species for
such a long time is great, and
it adds to the oddball things
New Zealand already has in
its modern-day biota, like
tuatara,” study co-author Dr
Daphne Lee, of Otago, said. —
NZME-New Zealand Herald
NZ once home to bizarre big bat
PICTURE: Rod Morris
Researchers at the site in Central Otago, in sediment left over
from a prehistoric body of water known as Lake Manuherikia,
where a species of giant bat — mysticina miocenalis — fossils
Auckland Council is investigating
reports of rodent infestation at a south
A diner at the Manurewa branch, on
the corner of Great South Road and
Weymouth Road, filmed at least five
mice running around the playground
The play area has been closed, but the
restaurant remains open and is ser ving
food to its customers.
Ashwin Rangarajan said he had taken
his three-year-old daughter for a Happy
Meal at the fast-food outlet when he
saw the rodents.
“After dinner, I went to the counter
to ask why the playground was locked
and they said it was because there was a
“ I counted about five mice there.”
He was amazed the restaurant was still
“ I was disgusted. The whole restaurant
should have been closed until it was dealt
with. For all they know there could have
been one or two running in the kitchen. ”
Mr Rangarajan’s video was posted
to Facebook on Wednesday and was
A McDonald ’s
spokeswoman said the mice problem
was ongoing in the play area — but no
mice had been found in the restaurant.
But the matter was being taken seriously
and steps were under way to address it,
including cleaning the play area last night.
Other measures included setting
traps and working with an external pest
The door to the playground had been
An Auckland council spokeswoman
confirmed this morning that it was
investigating the incident.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Probe over McDonald’s mice
A woman in her 60s who fell and
injured her ankle has been rescued from
the Waitakeres using a 25m winch.
The Auckland Westpac rescue
helicopter was called to Kakamatua
track yesterday morning to attend to the
woman, who had slipped off a rock as
she crossed a stream.
A paramedic was lowered down to
the woman to treat her before she was
winched her up into the helicopter.
The woman was taken to North Shore
Hospital. — NZ ME
Woman winched out
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