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A 35-year-old Balmoral man has
been arrested and will appear in
court today facing a murder charge
after a young man’s body was found
in Panmure yesterday. Police were
called to a flat on Jellicoe Road in
the east Auckland suburb about 7am.
The body was removed last evening
and will undergo a post-mortem
examination today, police said.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Bomb scare sequel
A man has been charged with
threatening to harm people or
property after a suspicious package
was left in a toilet block at a
Hamilton park. City area commander
Inspector John Kelly said a 27-year-
old man was arrested on Tuesday
night. He appeared in the Hamilton
District Court yesterday. All details
of his appearance were suppressed.
Inmate admits attacks
A convicted murderer has been
transferred out of Whanganui
Prison after assaulting two prison
officers. Shiloh Dallas Mareikura
was jailed for life with a minimum
non-parole period of 15 years last
year after stabbing an Opunake
man to death. Mareikura appeared
in the Whanganui District Court
on Tuesday facing new charges of
assaulting prison guards. The assaults
happened in March. Mareikura
pleaded guilty to two counts of
assaulting a prison officer. Judge
Allan Roberts sentenced him to
three months in prison.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Rail crossing collision
A train and a crude oil tanker
collided in Taranaki yesterday
afternoon. A spokeswoman for
the Fire Ser vice said the collision
happened in Inglewood and said the
truck driver was not injured. There
was no oil spilled in the collision, the
spokeswoman said. — NZ ME
Crash victim named
The man who died in a crash near
Clevedon last Thursday was Shaan
Singh. Police and emergency ser vices
attended the single-vehicle crash
about 1.20am on the Papakura-
Clevedon Road near Clevedon. A
police investigation into the crash is
ongoing and the Counties Manukau
police serious crash unit was
appealing for witnesses.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 506 last
night. Successful numbers were 1, 13,
18, 22, 25, 27; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11372:
45, 55, 56, 65, 66, 68, 72, 78. Draw No
11373: 1, 2, 8, 15, 21, 22, 23, 33, 37,
40, 43, 45, 53, 56, 60, 62, 63, 66, 74, 76.
Draw No 11374: 1, 4, 8, 10, 11, 13, 16,
19, 26, 28, 34, 44, 46, 53, 57, 60, 64, 66,
72, 74. Draw No 11375: 6, 14, 15, 16,
27, 28, 30, 39, 53, 55, 56, 59, 60, 65, 66,
67, 69, 76, 77, 79.
Smartphone app helps catch intruder
An investigation is under way into what
sparked a fire at a Whangarei school.
Firefighters were called to Tikipunga
High School about 4.40am and
discovered part of the gymnasium on
At least five fire trucks were sent to
tackle the blaze, which was described as
It was too early to know the full extent
of the damage, a Fire Ser vice northern
communications spokesman said, but the
majority of the damage appeared to be
on an external wall. — NZ ME
School fire probe
A year-long Serious Fraud Office
inquiry into the Far North District
Council found some councillors and
staff failed to follow rules governing the
approval of projects and use of ratepayers’
money, but insufficient evidence to lay
criminal charges against anyone.
But exactly what the SFO was looking
into and who was at fault may never be
known, with the office and Far North
Mayor John Carter unable to discuss the
matter further due to restrictions under
the SFO Act.
The SFO was called in by Mr Carter
following an internal inquiry to
investigate activities of concern between
2009 and 2013, when Wayne Brown was
An investigation was launched in May
SFO director Julie Read said yesterday
there was insufficient evidence to
commence a criminal prosecution for
serious or complex fraud against any
“The investigation found evidence that
both council members and employees
apparently failed to comply with internal
systems and controls designed to ensure
that proper processes were followed in
the approval of council projects and the
expenditure of public money.
“However, these are failures of
governance and procedure, and no
evidence of the intention required to
commit a criminal offence was found. ”
Ms Read said the SFO findings did not
warrant a referral to any other agency for
Mr Brown yesterday called on Mr
Carter to reveal what aspects of the
council’s affairs were being probed and
why. He said the secrecy surrounding the
investigation cast aspersion on all council
staff and contractors, and the public were
being kept in the dark on what exactly
was being investigated.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
A mother initially did not believe
her son’s midnight report of an
intruder outside their house, but after
setting up a makeshift security system
two nights later, she realised the
three-year-old was telling the truth.
Melissa Rodrigues’s Waikanae
property was the target of a backyard
intruder three nights in a row.
On the first night, Ms Rodrigues’s
three-year-old son said he thought
there was an intruder on the property,
but she did not believe him.
On the second night, Ms Rodrigues
saw footprints in the backyard
and began to take her son’s report
Ms Rodrigues said she could
not afford a CCTV system, so
downloaded a free app called Salient
Eye, which turned a smartphone
into a sur veillance system.
The app monitored motion in the
backyard and captured the intruder
in the act, notifying Ms Rodrigues
quick enough to call the police “in
Police, including a police dog and
handler, arrived at the scene shortly
after to track the intruder down.
Ms Rodrigues said the makeshift
sur veillance system helped to ensure
the intruder was caught quickly.
“It meant we didn’t have to put
ourselves in harm’s way to look for
him, and with the e-mail alert we
were on the phone to the police in
“This app literally helped our whole
community,” she said.
Senior sergeant Anita Dixon of
Kapiti police said the makeshift
sur veillance system helped police to
catch the intruder and arrest him.
“The attending police staff were
able to recognise him from the
images captured on the device,” she
The offender was a teenager and
has been referred to Youth Aid.
Ms Dixon said she was not aware
of any other reports of burglary in
The sur veillance app was a “very
good” idea, she said. — NZME
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An experienced Port Otago
worker was taken to hospital
with “very serious injuries” after
a straddle carrier toppled 14m,
trapping its pilot inside.
Emergency ser vices were called
to Port Otago at Port Chalmers
about 1.15pm yesterday after the
straddle carrier overturned.
The operator, understood to be a
26-year-old Careys Bay resident,
remained in a critical condition
in Dunedin Hospital’s intensive
care unit last night, a D unedin
Hospital spokesman said.
The incident prompted the
Maritime Union to reiterate its
call for a sweeping inquiry into
health and safety in the industry.
St John South Island
communications adviser Ian
Henderson said two ambulances
and a rapid response unit
responded to the crash.
The man was taken to D unedin
Hospital with “very serious
injuries”, he said.
The entrance to the port was
closed as emergency ser vices
tended to the man.
Chief fire officer Stephen Hill,
of Port Chalmers, said firefighters
provided first aid to the man —
who was trapped in the straddle
carrier’s cab on arrival — until
They assisted with removing
him through a window, he said.
Two specialist rescue appliances,
from Lookout Point and
Willowbank, attended the scene
but were not required.
The straddle carrier operator is
understood to have worked at the
port for almost a decade.
Port Otago chief executive
Geoff Plunket said the cause of
the crash was not readily apparent
and he would not be drawn on
the matter until an investigation
“It’s very important that no-one
speculate on what may or may not
have happened,” he said.
“ Work Safe is carrying out
an investigation and we will
be carrying out our own full
investigation in the matter.”
The straddle carrier involved
in the incident was less than 18
months old and being operated
normally at the time of the
incident in clear weather and
surface conditions, he said.
A Work Safe New Zealand
spokeswoman said an inspector
was at the port investigating the
Maritime Union national
secretary Joe Fleetwood said
the union will be following the
The union would support the
man, who was a union member,
and his family, he said.
The incident reinforced the
need for an industry-wide health
and safety inquiry looking at all
stevedoring operations in New
Accidents in ports throughout
New Zealand were an ongoing
concern, he said.
Three people have died at
Lyttelton Port in the past two
years. — Otago Daily Times
Operator critical after crane crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services attend the scene at Port Chalmers yesterday afternoon, where a straddle carrier
toppled, injuring a Port Otago worker.
International dairy prices continued
to deteriorate at the latest Global Dairy
Trade auction, with the GDT price
index dropping by 5.9% from the last
sale to record its ninth decline in a row,
weakening to the lowest level in six years
and driving the New Zealand dollar to a
fresh five-year low.
The price of whole milk powder —
which is responsible for about 75% of
Fonterra’s farm gate milk price — fell by
10.8% to $US2054 ($3045) a tonne.
Fonterra’s current milk price forecast of
$5.25 per kg of milk solids for 2015-16
is based on GDT prices reaching about
$3500 a tonne towards the end of this
The auction result saw the New
Zealand dollar sink to a new five-year
low of US67.30c and ANZ Bank senior
foreign exchange strategist Sam Tuck
said he expected the currency to remain
under downward pressure.
“Clearly, there was further bad news
from the auction with powder prices
taking the brunt of the price declines,”
NZX dairy futures pricing suggested
prices might fall at this morning’s
auction, but did not predict a decline of
“The significant increase in whole milk
powder volumes in the coming trading
events will undoubtedly keep New
Zealand dairy prices under pressure,” the
head of derivatives at First NZ Capital,
Mike McIntyre, said.
“Despite the season only just being
under way I believe that unless we see a
very quick turnaround in sentiment that
the opening milk price forecast from
Fonterra is going to come under pressure.”
Nigel Brunel, director financial markets
at OM Financial, said the auction was a
“Clearly concerns about oversupply and
weak demand are driving the market,” he
Mr Brunel said it was hard to say
whether this morning’s poor auction
result was the end of the decline.
“Maybe, but it ’s difficult to see any
rallies on the horizon, especially given
our season is about to start with no let-
up in supply expected,” he said.
Although whole milk prices were the
hardest hit, there were also big price
declines for skim milk powder, down
5.8% to $1875 ($2779) a tonne, butter
milk powder down 8.1% to $1878,
rennet casein down 4.1% to $5901 and
cheddar down 4.9% to $3060.
Anhydrous milk fat was the only
product to gain — rising 1.6% to $2855
a tonne while butter prices eased by just
0.3% to $2694 a tonne.
The average winning price at this
morning’s auction was $2276 a tonne.
Prices, after a steep decline in 2014,
bounced back in February this year but
have been falling ever since.
World oversupply, slack demand from
the world’s biggest dairy importer —
China — Russia’s import ban, the
removal of dairy production quotas in
Europe and cheaper feed costs have all
acted to depress dairy prices.
Economists generally expect prices
to stay low this year before the balance
between supply and demands starts to
improve next year.
Reser ve Bank governor Graeme
Wheeler has flagged a weak dairy sector
as one of three key risks to the nation’s
financial stability, saying about a quarter
of farmers were operating in negative
cash flow. — NZME
A man had his hand almost severed
in a violent street fight in Auckland
last night, while another was tasered
The brawl on Mili Way, Ranui,
about 9.40pm and
escalated rapidly with a variety of
weapons — including bats, a machete
and a rifle — being used.
It was part of an ongoing
neighbourhood dispute, police said.
The violence widened so quickly
police did not have time to call the
armed offenders squad.
Inspector Cornell Kluessien told
Radio New Zealand this morning
that one man had his hand nearly cut
off with the machete, while another
was wielding a rifle.
“ From the way I understood it, it’s
something that ’s been carrying on for
a while,” he said.
There were no gang connections
“that I’m aware of ”, he said.
Officers had guns and tasers aimed
at the person wielding a rifle, he said,
and chose to taser them as it was “the
“The person with the rifle has been
arrested,” Mr Kluessien said.
The police Criminal Investigation
Bureau was investigating the incident.
The street brawl put many people at
risk, Mr Kluessien said.
“It was on the street, so there
certainly was danger to neighbours,
especially when rifles come out,
that obviously as the potential to go
He said the street brawl was the
result of “an ongoing neighbourhood
dispute that blew up last night ”.
“ When one party was moving out,
different factions came out with
various weapons, there was some bats,
there was a machete, someone came
out with a rifle,” he said.
“One person nearly had his hand
severed off his arm with a machete,
and another person was taking aim
with a rifle when police arrived, when
they called upon him to put the rifle
down and he didn’t do it, he was
The man was taken to the police
station, while the man with the
injured arm was taken to hospital, he
Officers were still investigating the
incident, and the “ various actions of
participants in the fight”.
“One of the people came out with
a machete, and has hit someone,
and obviously in possibly some kind
of defensive move they’ve put their
hand up, I don’t know how that
happened, but his hand apparently is
barely holding on.”
A 23-year-old man was arrested
and charged with wounding with
intent to cause grievous bodily harm
and firearms charges in connection
with the incident.
Police said the man will appear in
the Waitakere District Court today.
The firearms charges include the
offence of possession of an airgun
with intent to threaten grievous
bodily harm. — NZ ME
Hand almost severed in Auckland street fight
One dead in
Several houses remain cordoned
off today, as police investigate a fatal
stabbing spree in Wellington.
One person is dead and four people are
injured after the stabbing at a property
on Broderick Road in Johnsonville
One person was taken into custody
last night, and police said they were not
looking for anyone else in relation to the
A nine-year-old boy and a 45-year-
old woman are in a stable condition in
Two others were discharged.
Officers will return to the scene of the
fatal stabbing this morning, to continue
One person was assisting police with
inquiries and the scene, which includes
a number of houses, was contained last
Broderick Road resident Vivienne
Whitford said she saw a lot of
ambulances and police cars outside her
house and up the road. She also saw
police officers running to a house on the
“ I heard a siren coming up the road
and next thing there were heaps of them
outside the house here and going further
up the road.”
Local MP Peter Dunne said he was
aware of the incident and was “shocked”.
“ I don’t have the full story or anything
like the full story. All I know is one
person is dead and a number are injured
and I’m obviously shocked, it ’s not good
“But as I say, I don’t have the
circumstances or the details beyond
Mr Dunne said he had not spoken to
police about the incident.
“ It ’s a police matter and I don’t see any
need to speak to them about it because
they ’ll obviously have it under control. ”
Local resident Cody Bridge and his
friend Vinny Rattan were shocked to see
police cars head up Broderick Road.
“ I knew all of sudden it was something
serious,” Mr Rattan said.
“ It ’s usually a quiet neighbourhood.
You don’t expect something like this
to go down. I ’m just wondering if one
person has done four people damage.”
Mr Bridge said there were no signs of
tension in the street before the homicide
Local resident Daniel Quarterman
said a house only a few metres away was
where singer Matthew John Hall was
murdered in 2011.
“At the time when that happened the
police said it would be extremely unlikely
for another murder at a neighbour’s
house. It’s happened again.”
He said the leafy street was the scene of
frequent petty crime, mostly cars being
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Approving the use of medicinal
marijuana for a teenager who was
locked in an induced coma was the
right thing to do, the minister who
approved it says, after the teen died
Alex Renton, 19, had been in
a coma in Wellington Hospital
after suffering an acute prolonged
epileptic seizure in April this year.
His family campaigned for him to
be given medical cannabis, and in
June he was prescribed cannabis oil.
He opened his eyes following the
treatment, but remained in a critical
The Nelson teenager died last night
surrounded by his family, listening
to music, and with a tummy full of
his mum Rose Renton’s food, a post
on his Facebook page said.
Associate Health Minister Peter
Dunne, who approved the use of
the drug, maintains it was the right
“I think it was always known that
this was going to be a big call, and
that Alex’s condition may or may
not respond to the treatment,” he
told Radio New Zealand.
“But at the end of the day, my
original decision was based on the
view that this was an effort worth
making, and while he’s died I still
think that was the right call. ”
Mr Dunne was open to approving
medicinal cannabis to be used in
other cases, and said Mr Renton’s
case would not have any bearing on
future potential cases.
“ I’ve said that each case would be
considered on its merits,” he said.
“ In Alex’s case the procedure of
going through doctors seeking
approval to prescribe Elixinol was
followed for the first time. That
option is available for other patients
who have conditions that they may
consider might benefit from the use
of these products.
“Each one of those will be
considered on its merits, and I
would take the appropriate clinical
advice before reaching a decision in
any future circumstances.”
In the Facebook post, Mr Renton’s
family said they were very grateful
for the support they ’ve received.
After his special dispensation was
granted last month, his mother said
she hoped it would bring her son
back to consciousness.
After the treatment he opened his
eyes and moved for the first time in
weeks, Mrs Renton said.
“He’s close to the surface but
certainly not conscious and awake,”
The cannabis oil worked by
“ unlocking” the brain’s neurons to
allow epilepsy drugs to take effect.
“It oils the neurons in the brain,
when you’re in seizures and they ’re
locked off the anti-epileptic drugs
can’t get underneath to release
them to enable them to work and
stop the seizing.”
The news has caused an
outpouring of sadness and support
for the Renton family on social
media. — NZ ME
decision right: Dunne
A security officer pleaded guilty to the
theft of two-police issue Glock pistols
when he appeared in the New Plymouth
District Court this morning.
Benjamin Manwaring Downes faced
charges of theft and unlawful possession
of a firearm, Radio New Zealand
The 40-year-old was a security
technician who had access to the
evidential strong room at the New
Plymouth District Court.
He admitted taking two Glock pistols,
magazines and ammunition from the
strongroom about two years ago.
He passed one of the guns to an
associate in exchange for drugs.
Both of the pistols were used during
the fatal police shooting of Waitara man
Stephen Wallace in 2000.
Judge Chris Sygrove remanded
Downes for sentencing by an out-of-
town judge on September 21.
The name of Downes’s employer
continues to be suppressed. — N ZN
GDT auction result ‘shocker’
A toddler has drowned on the Kapiti
Coast after falling into a pond.
The incident happened at a property in
Otaki about 6pm on Monday.
A police spokesman said despite the
best efforts of emergency ser vices the
18-month-old child could not be revived.
The death is not being treated as
suspicious and has been referred to the
coroner. — NZ ME
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