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Crash victim named
The woman who died in a car
crash in Otago on Friday morning
was Ema Louise McGeown, 27, of
Oamaru. The crash happened on
State highway 1 near the intersection
of Hillgrove-Moeraki Road in
Hampden, Otago, police said. Ms
McGeown’s vehicle was the only car
involved in the crash. — NZ ME
Fire damages classroom
A fire at Whakatane Intermediate
School last night caused serious
damage to one classroom. A
spokesman for the Fire Ser vice said
calls about the fire came in at 6pm.
Four fire trucks from Whakatane,
Ohope and Edgecumbe were called
to the scene, where they found one
classroom fully ablaze. A fire safety
officer would return to the scene
today to identify a cause. — N ZM E
Baby death inquiry
Day three of a forensic scene
examination is under way, following
the death of a 15 month-old baby
in Christchurch on Friday night.
The child was found unconscious
and with unexplained injuries
at a property in Truman Road
in Bryndwr. A post-mortem
examination has been carried out,
and police have talked to the two
adults living at the address to work
out what led to the baby’s death.
Invercargill police have urged
members of the public to come
for ward with information about the
assault of a female student. Police
said she was assaulted on Leven
Street, Invercargill about 3pm
yesterday. Her iPhone 6 cellphone
was taken. The suspect was described
as a male, possibly Maori, about
1.8m tall and wearing a dark puffer
jacket. — NZME
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in New Plymouth
and Rotorua, won their holders
$500,000 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1465 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 3, 7, 10, 16,
18, 38; bonus 5. Strike numbers were
38, 16, 10, 7. There were two Strike
Four winners, from Pahiatua and
Waikato, each taking home $63,612.
Powerball number 3. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11384:
8, 12, 13, 16, 18, 22, 28, 31, 34, 37, 38,
47, 50, 51, 53, 55, 71, 73, 75, 78. Draw
No 11385: 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 17, 18, 27,
31, 32, 36, 39, 40, 42, 49, 50, 62, 70, 71,
75. Draw No 11386: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 17,
27, 28, 33, 37, 40, 41, 45, 54, 56, 61, 68,
71, 75, 77. Draw No 11387: 3, 4, 8, 10,
16, 17, 22, 30, 31, 33, 47, 49, 51, 53, 55,
58, 61, 76, 78, 79. Draw No 11388: 3,
4, 12, 15, 19, 24, 26, 28, 30, 34, 36, 38,
44, 49, 53, 55, 58, 60, 79, 80. Draw No
11389: 2, 5, 6, 7, 19, 21, 24, 28, 29, 32,
38, 46, 52, 60, 61, 63, 69, 73, 75, 77.
Draw No 11390: 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 19, 24,
25, 28, 33, 36, 37, 38, 42, 46, 58, 60, 61,
64, 75. Draw No 11391: 1, 2, 5, 13, 18,
21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 28, 32, 40, 41, 42, 43,
51, 59, 67, 76.
Woman posts I’m lost message on Facebook
Two kitesurfers were rescued after
finding themselves in trouble today.
Coastguard Northern Region said
the kitesurfers were found clinging to a
navigation mark near Cockle Bay, East
A rescue team from Howick took the
pair a short distance away to a point
where they could walk back to shore.
They were not injured. — NZ ME
Two people had to be airlifted to
Wellington Hospital after a van rolled
off the road in Marlborough.
A 20-year-old man had severe leg
fractures and a 23-year-old woman
had serious spinal and internal injuries
following the crash early yesterday.
The patients were carried to Wellington
by two rescue helicopters.
The two were part of a group of four
from Kaikoura travelling down the
Awatere Valley when the van left the
Police said alcohol and speed were
thought to be factors in the crash, and is
The other passengers, a 20-year-old
man and a 22-year-old woman had minor
injuries and were taken by ambulance to
Emergency ser vices were notified of
the crash at 5.30am and found the van
had rolled down the bank several times
before coming to rest in a paddock.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Four hurt as
A woman lost on a Waikato
mountain was rescued after contacting
her family by Facebook on her phone
but could have been found sooner
if she had simply called police.
Family of the 41-year-old contacted
police after receiving a Facebook
message from her at about 2.30pm
yesterday saying she was lost on
Mount Te Aroha.
Police launched a search and rescue
operation shortly after that.
Sergeant Dave Raffan said the
woman had left her car at the
Wairongomai car park and climbed
up towards Mount Te Aroha, leaving
the main track.
“S he was wearing only light clothing
and jeans and weather at the time was
wet with low cloud,” he said.
Once the alarm was raised police
were able to narrow down a search
area by 7pm, thanks to new phone
“SAR teams then moved into the
area and located her in a stream
about 200m from the car park about
8.20pm,” Mr Raffan said.
“ Wet, cold and tired the woman
was walked out and reunited with her
family who expressed their sincere
thanks to all those involved.”
He said while everyone involved
was “very happy” that the woman had
been found safely, there were several
factors that could have concluded the
“ If going for a day for instance,
ensure you’re equipped to spend the
night if you have to,” Mr Raffan said.
“Secondly, if going into the bush
tramping, don’t leave the tracks
and tell friends and family which
tracks you intend using. That way,
if something goes wrong we know
where to start looking for you.
“Thirdly, ensure that the emergency
ser vices are the first people you
contact to raise the alarm, you never
know, your battery could give out and
that first call maybe the only one you
get to make.”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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A man killed this weekend and
those arrested in connection with
his death all lived at the same
Bruce Andrew Mortimer, 46,
died on Saturday night from
injuries he sustained in an
incident in Nelson’s Franklyn
Village residential units about
2.30am on Saturday.
Franklyn Village owner Liz
Harris said staff and residents
were devastated after Mr
“This is a dreadful thing to
happen for our community. ”
Ms Harris said the village’s
manager was away this weekend
so she flew up from Christchurch
to support staff.
She said she did not know Mr
Mortimer personally but some
staff members did.
“It’s just a shock.”
Police arrested two local men
aged 17 and 27. The two were
charged with assault with intent
to injure but police said further
charges were likely.
Ms Harris said the two men
arrested were Franklyn Village
She said Mr Mortimer had been
living at the village “quite a while”
but she wasn’t sure where he was
She said the village, in Nelson
South near the city’s hospital,
was a “homely” place with several
“It’s quite a large complex. We
have about 180 or so people living
here,” she said. “ We do have some
people that come temporarily
but others stay here for years and
years — and they consider it their
Ms Harris said Franklyn Village
had about 60 security cameras.
“These incidents don’t really
happen, things like this, because
everybody knows we keep a good
eye on the place,” she said.
Mr Mortimer suffered a
head injury in the incident and
was transferred to Wellington
Hospital in a critical condition.
His condition deteriorated.
Nelson Bays police said 20 staff
were working on the investigation
and forensic scientists were
helping with a scene examination.
The two men arrested will
appear in the Nelson District
Court today. — NZ ME
Slain man, accused lived in same hostel
A man has been charged with
murder following the death of a
woman in Waldronville.
Vicki Lee Warrington, 48, was
found dead by police inside a
Brighton Road property after
they were called to the address
about 6.30pm on Friday. Another
man was found injured outside
A 22-year-old man has been
arrested in connection with the
incident and is due to appear
in the Dunedin District Court
today. He will appear on a further
charge of wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm
in relation to the other injured
victim, whose injuries are not life-
threatening. Police would not say
who alerted them to the incident.
Police and CIB detectives
cordoned off part of Brighton
Road between Vulcan and
Viscount Roads as they carried
out investigations over the
weekend. The cordon had since
been removed but the immediate
scene was still secured, a police
When asked whether a stabbing
had occurred or a weapon had
been recovered, the spokesman
said police would be making
no further comment. No other
details relating to the offender,
including his relationship to the
victims, were available.
Brighton Road residents spoken
to yesterday said they did not
know the victim or anyone who
lived in the house.
The incident had been ‘’a bit
close to home’’ for resident
Damian Burden, 35, who lived a
few houses down with his wife
and three children.
‘’It ’s all pretty scary. We got
home about 5 o’clock on Friday
and didn’t realise anything until
later on when we looked out the
curtains and saw all the flashing
‘’It’s a bit close to home because
it’s a nice wee community out here
and you don’t expect that thing to
be happening nice and close.’’
Police had spoken to the family
and assured them they were safe,
Another nearby resident, who
did not wish to be named, said
she did not see or hear anything
at the time of the incident.
She and her partner found out
through social media and had had
no police contact.
She said she was not alarmed
by the incident or the extensive
police cordon in place.
‘’It’s a pretty good
neighbourhood. It can happen in
any neighbourhood. We’re not
too worried. ’’
Another resident said the scene
on his street yesterday was ‘’a bit
disconcerting’’ but police had kept
them informed and he was not
— Otago Daily Times
Man on murder charge after Dunedin death
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
A policeman stands at a cordon around a Waldronville property during a homicide investigation on
The Financial Markets Authority has
settled a civil claim against the directors
and promoters of failed finance company
Hanover Finance for $18 million just
two weeks before it was due to be heard
The money will be distributed to
eligible investors who invested in the
Hanover Finance Ltd (HFL), Hanover
Capital Ltd (HCL), United Finance Ltd
(UFL), in the period from Dec. 7, 2007
to July 23, 2008, the FMA said today.
The FMA filed the law suit in 2012
against Hanover owners Mark Hotchin
and Eric Watson along with directors
Greg Muir, Tipene O’Regan, Bruce
Gordon and Dennis Broit.
The action alleged misleading and
untrue statements were made in
distributed by Hanover between
December 2007 and July 2008 about the
financial position of the companies in
The defendants deny liability and
dispute the FMA’s claims but have
reached a settlement that includes
Hotchin, Muir, O’Regan and Gordon
giving voluntary undertakings not to act
as directors of a bank or non-deposit-
taker until May 2018 without the FMA’s
written approval. Watson and Broit have
given representations to the FMA that
they do not intend, now or in the future,
to act as directors of a bank or non-bank
FMA chief executive Rob Everett
said the decision to reach a settlement
was very carefully considered within
the FMA and with its legal advisers to
determine how best to ser ve the interests
of investors and the broader public. It
was felt the settlement provided a better
and earlier outcome for investors than
going to court, he said.
“ We wanted to provide certainty and
some compensation to investors in the
2007 offer. We believe the compensation
secured now is the best outcome for
those investors. This payment is likely to
be greater than any recovery that might
have been available at the end of a trial,”
“The undertakings and representations
provided by the defendants meet the
FMA’s regulatory objectives and hold
the defendants to account. This ensures
they will not be directors of bank or non-
bank deposit takers for a period of time.
Undertakings are used by the FMA to
provide an element of protection for
Everett said the Hanover case was
about disclosure to investors and
highlighted the importance of accurate
disclosure and that investors are entitled
to know the true financial position of
any company where they have entrusted
their money. — NZ ME
Post-mortem examinations will be
carried out today on the Ashburton
mother and her three children who
were found dead in their home four
Cindy George died alongside her
three children, five-year-old Pio
Scarlet Jetejura Raukete, three-year-
old Teuruaa Junior George, and
two-year-old Telyzshaun Gordon
Ricardo Nelder Kruz George.
Their bodies were found on
Thursday and a car was believed to
have been left running in an internal
garage of the Thomson Street home.
It is understood they have died from
carbon monoxide poisoning.
The autopsies today
help police piece together the
circumstances of their tragic deaths.
The George family are waiting
for post-mortem examinations to
be completed so the bodies can be
returned and funeral arrangements to
Support is pouring in for the family
and friends of the Georges.
The Mid-Canterbury Cook
Islands community have spent the
weekend preparing for the arrival
of family from the Cook Islands,
Australia and other parts of New
They have set up base in the Tinwald
Scout Hall, where a steady stream of
visitors have been dropping off food
Ms George’s aunt Ann Kiria
said the final preparations for the
tumatetenga (funeral) would be
made today, when the pathology
examination is completed.
The ser vice will be held at the
Tinwald War Memorial Hall.
However Ms George and the
children will first be taken to the
Scout hall where members of the
Tiare Maori cultural group will form
a guard of honour in respect of their
Ms George’s parents arrived in
Ashburton from the Cook Islands
last night to join her two older sisters
from Auckland who have spent the
weekend in Ashburton.
“ We don’t know how many people
we will be catering for at this stage, or
for how long,” Mrs Kiria said.
“ We are really grateful for all the
help and support we are receiving.”
Bishop Pongia, from Ashburton’s
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
Day Saints, where Ms George
and her children worshipped,
said yesterday ’s
ser vice had
been emotionally charged as the
congregation shared memories and
prayed for the family.
“Cindy has been coming to our
church for five or six years,” he said.
“The children also came along —
they were a beautiful family. ”
Bishop Pongia has been supporting
Ms George’s family since the deaths
“I’ve been with them since day one
and we will be there for them as long
as they need support,” he said.
— NZ ME-Ashburton Guardian
Autopsies for woman, children found dead in house
The Government has
outlined the changes it
wants to make to insurance
cover after natural disasters,
including a doubling of the
cap on building cover to
The Earthquake Com-
mission Act is being
reformed, and a discussion
paper on the proposed
changes has been released today.
Earthquake Commission Minister
Gerry Brownlee said the reforms would
ensure the EQC remained focused on
rebuilding homes and would resolve the
difficulties experienced in Christchurch
with regard to land and building cover.
The changes would also better
integrate EQC and private insurers’
claim handling processes and ensure
the natural disaster insurance scheme
Among the key proposals was
increasing the cap on EQC building
cover from $100,000 to $200,000.
At present, the EQC is responsible for
up to $100,000 of damage to residential
properties from a single event. Anything
above that threshold becomes the
responsibility of private insurers.
The cap has caused significant friction
and uncertainty for homeowners affected
by the Christchurch quakes.
Raising the threshold would massively
reduce the interaction
between EQC and private
insurers, and was expected
to lead to lower premiums
being charged by insure
Ministers proposed that
EQC should not provide
land cover after a natural
disaster unless it was
impossible to rebuild on
That meant EQC would no longer
cover land damage that had not affected
the house itself.
It was also proposed that EQC would
no longer provide contents insurance.
Ministers said leaving contents insurance
to private providers would enable
the commission to focus on insuring
homes and would eliminate uncertainty
regarding contents claims.
Other proposals included a requirement
for homeowners to lodge all EQC claims
with their private insurer first.
The insurer would validate the claim
before sending it to the EQC, in a bid to
reduce “information churn” between the
private sector and the commission.
submissions on the proposals, before
introducing a bill to Parliament in early
No current claims would be affected by
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Sir Ronald Davison, the former
Chief Justice best known for his
role in the Winebox Inquiry, has
A death notice in the New
Zealand Herald this morning says
Sir Ronald died peacefully at his
home on Thursday, aged 94.
His funeral will be held at Holy
Trinity Anglican Cathedral in
Parnell on Wednesday.
As the 10th Chief Justice, Sir
Ronald headed the commission
of inquiry into overseas company
taxation, popularly known as the
The commission, which went from
1994 to 1997, looked into claims of
corruption and incompetence in the
Serious Fraud Office and Inland
Revenue Department. It concluded
there were no grounds to support
the allegations against the agencies.
However, a later review by the
High Court found Sir Ronald
had made “very material” errors
of law, reached invalid no-fraud
conclusions and criticised NZ First
leader Winston Peters without
foundation in the commission’s
Sir Ronald was also well known
for sentencing the two captured
Rainbow Warrior saboteurs, Alain
Mafart and Dominique Prieur, to
10 years’ jail.
The Herald subsequently named
him our New Zealander of the Year
Sir Ronald was the Chief Justice
of New Zealand for 11 years.
Today ’s death notice says: “Our
memories and his legacy will
Sir Ronald’s funeral will be
followed by a private cremation.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Former Chief Justice
Sir Ronald Davison dies
A man’s body was found floating in
Wellington Harbour yesterday near a
popular waterfront dining spot.
Members of the public saw the
body near Queens Wharf and alerted
emergency ser vices about 10.40am.
The police maritime unit helped recover
Eyewitness Emma Pigou said she saw
police earlier attempting to retrieve the
body from the harbour.
She said the man was wearing blue
jeans and a red fleece jersey with some
Police said the body was that of “an
The man’s identity and the reason or
reasons for his death were not yet known.
nine years on
Nine years ago, Quentin Tamaroa
Lines went to sleep in the driver’s seat
of a car, with the keys in the ignition and
the heater going.
On Tuesday, he was convicted of
driving while disqualified.
As Lines described it in the Whanganui
District Court last week, “It was winter,
it was, like, four o’clock in the morning, I
was out with family. ”
The then 38-year-old had been
disqualified from driving since February,
but decided to rest in the car instead of
walking to his house down the road.
“ I had taken some party pills while
drinking and wasn’t feeling too well,”
Lines told Judge Allan Roberts.
Lines was woken by policemen as he
slumbered in the car with the engine
running, Judge Roberts said.
He was charged with driving while
disqualified, and pleaded not guilty on
August 8, 2006. He changed his plea to
guilty this week.
It was not said in court why the case
took nine years to conclude.
Representing himself, Lines described
how the car, which was his father’s, was
Judge Roberts said he was going to find
“special reasons” to not impose a period
of disqualification on Lines.
“There’s no indication in the summary
that he had been obser ved driving,” the
judge said. “He was trying to keep warm
and he didn’t intend to drive.”
Judge Roberts convicted Lines and
— N Z ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Teen found safe
Police have found a teenager reported
missing in April.
Counties Manukau police confirmed
they located 14-year-old Alex Nepe
yesterday and reunited her with her
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