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Kaikoura crash fatal
One person was killed and another
seriously hurt in a crash on State
highway 1 near Kaikoura yesterday.
The crash near Clarence, north
of Kaikoura, happened shortly
before 3pm. St John spokesman
Ian Henderson said a rescue
helicopter from Christchurch and
an ambulance were sent. St John
was alerted to the two-car collision,
near the Clarence Bridge, at 2.49pm.
Mr Henderson said one person was
understood to have died at the scene.
“The other patient has been flown to
Christchurch Hospital with serious
injuries.” — NZME
Tractor death probe
A tractor accident which killed a
63-year-old man on a North Otago
farm yesterday morning is still
being investigated by police. Details
including the name of the victim
were not available last night, but it is
believed the man was run over by his
own tractor, receiving critical injuries.
He managed to contact emergency
ser vices by cellphone, but died at the
scene. — Otago Daily Times
Crash injuries cost life
A 21-year-old Northland man
has died in hospital after a crash
in which he was flung 30m from
the vehicle he was driving. He was
Jamieson Valdez Misi, of Waipapa.
Police say Mr Misi was driving on
Pungaere Road, Kerikeri, when it
is believed he lost control while
travelling around a bend just after
midnight on Tuesday.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
AC/DC’s Rudd appeals
Phil Rudd’s lawyer has revealed he
has lodged an appeal to yesterday ’s
sentencing. Craig Tuck said Rudd
was at his Tauranga home, starting
his home detention sentence. Rudd
failed to avoid conviction and
was sentenced to eight months’
home detention. Mr Tuck said he
was appealing the conviction and
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Trucks destroyed in fire
An electrical fault is thought to
have sparked a blaze that destroyed
three trucks and a trailer worth
$500,000. The trucks and trailer
were parked roadside in Beach Road,
Dargaville. Firefighters were called
to the blaze about 12.45am yesterday.
Dargaville’s deputy chief fire officer
Michael Ross said all three rigs were
well ablaze when fire crews arrived.
Fire investigator Craig Bain said
the truck parked in the middle was
having its battery charged. The fire
was not considered suspicious.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
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52, 58, 61, 63, 65, 66, 71, 80. Draw No
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41, 45, 51, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 66, 70, 76.
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41, 43, 45, 49, 55, 57, 62, 64, 65, 72, 73,
76, 78, 80. Draw No 11407: 4, 5, 17,
28, 31, 33, 37, 39, 41, 42, 45, 47, 48, 52,
54, 55, 56, 66, 71, 80.
No Treasury support for kiwi project
A man charged after a six-month-old
girl died this week has reappeared in the
Porirua District Court.
The 31-year-old first appeared in court
on Wednesday charged with two counts
of assault after the baby was injured at
Raumati Beach and later died.
He was granted interim name
He reappeared this morning where
his lawyers argued for a continuation of
name suppression, arguing the defendant
was in a “vulnerable state” and had yet to
tell his family about the charges.
Judge J M Kelly said it was in
the interests of open justice and in
the public interest to publish the
defendant ’s name.
But the judge said the defendant ’s
second appearance had followed “so
quickly” after his first appearance, so she
“somewhat reluctantly” allowed interim
name suppression to continue.
But suppression would most likely lapse
at his next hearing, Judge Kelly said.
He was remanded in custody until his
next court appearance on September 2.
No application was made for bail.
The defendant kept his head down for
most of the hearing. — NZ ME
Baby death remand
The Treasury shot down a bid
to save kiwi, saying a project to
protect the country’s national
symbol was “not aligned with overall
The Government went ahead
anyway, boosting funding for the
Save O ur Iconic Kiwi project in this
Although Treasury supported
several other conser vation projects,
it said the project “to reverse decline
and secure an increase in kiwi
numbers and distribution” was a dud.
(DOC) initiative were made in a
paper dumped in yesterday ’s budget
Last month, a report from the Local
Government and Environment
Committee said there were fewer
than 70,000 kiwi left in the wild,
with the population declining by 2%
a year due to predation.
Minister of Conser vation Maggie
Barry told the parliamentary
committee the $11.2 million
project would focus on growing the
kiwi population to a sustainable
level through careful monitoring
DOC-funded kiwi sanctuaries
would be set up so kiwi could be
released into safe, predator-free
Government of using Save O ur
Iconic Kiwi to distract people
from a broader agenda of cuts to
conser vation funding.
directed to the grandly titled Save
Our Iconic Kiwi Initiative is funded
from DOC’s natural heritage
management programme, which
has been cut from $166m budgeted
in 2014-15 to $159m,” Green Party
MP Eugenie Sage said after the
“There is no genuine commitment
to saving our national symbol when
the Government is cutting funding
for DOC’s wider programme
of maintaining, restoring and
protecting habitats and species and
simply ring fencing some money for
kiwi work,” she added. — NZME
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A Christchurch man involved in
outdoor dance party events committed a
series of sexual offences, including rapes,
at “raves” in several parts of the South
Island between 2009 and 2012, the
Dunedin District Court heard yesterday.
Mateo Melina Nixon, 30, admitted
13 charges — six rapes, three sexual
violations, two indecent assaults and two
sexual offences against a 15-year-old
He was convicted and remanded for
sentence next month.
An application for bail on the basis
Nixon had recently been diagnosed
with autistic spectrum disorder and had
begun counselling sessions was not seen
by Judge Kevin Phillips as sufficient
reason to allow the defendant to remain
in the community until sentencing.
The offending was serious and the
inevitable penalty was prison, the judge
said, remanding Nixon in custody.
The Crown summary of facts from
counsel Craig Power described the
dance party scene as characterised by
binge drinking and drug taking.
Several of the offences were committed
during a Winter Festival at Karamea in
June 2011, the “ Twisted Freaks” rave at
Ashley Forest, near Amberley, in late
October, 2011 and a “birthday bash” at
Karamea in December 2011.
But the first three offences, involving
a rape and two sexual violations, were
committed in Dunedin, in properties at
Warden St, Crown St and Princes St,
between October 2009 and March 2010.
In each case, the victim was a 31-year-
old woman who had been drinking with
a friend and the defendant.
The next three offences in time, the
indecent assault of a 21-year-old woman
in 2010, and two sexual offences against
a 15-year-old girl between January and
April 2011, happened at Waitati where
Nixon was living with his girlfriend and
in Frame Street.
Both victims were affected by alcohol.
Two incidents during a Winter Festival
at Karamea, a rape and a sexual violation,
involved offending against a 23-year-old
woman, who had been offered a bed at
Nixon’s home because she was too tired
to go partying with her boyfriend.
She was sharing a bed with a Spanish
woman, but woke to find Nixon also in
the bed and touching her genital area.
She yelled at him, telling him to leave
then went back to sleep.
But later in the night, Nixon returned
and had sex with her while she was
The next three rapes involved one
against a 26-year-old woman at the
defendant ’s home at Waitati in August
2011, and two others against the victim
of an earlier indecent assault by Nixon.
He raped her twice at the Twisted
Freaks rave at Ashley Forest in October
2011. She was very intoxicated and had
little memory of the events.
The young woman raped in her sleep at
the defendant ’s Karamea home in June
2011 was also indecently assaulted by
him when she was in Karamea again for
a friend’s “ birthday bash” in December
the same year.
The last of the six rapes happened
in July 2012 and was against a young
woman known to Nixon.
When police inter viewed him in
March this year, he denied raping any
of the women. Any sexual activity and
intercourse had been consensual, he said,
and any touching of the 15-year-old had
been inadvertent. — Otago Daily Times
Asked what keeps her young
as she approaches her 100th
birthday, Bina Mulligan replies
“six children” with a twinkle in
“ You can’t say that mum,”
daughter No 1 Trish de Geest
tells her. “ Don’t put that in the
paper,” daughter No 2 Doreen
The exchange shows Mrs
Mulligan (nee Fallon) still
has the sharp mind and wit
needed to deal with her
children and a family that has
grown to 16 grandchildren, 25
great-grandchildren and the
expected next month.
Six children — two daughters
and four sons — kept her busy
when they were young.
There must have been
something in the Fallon family
Bina Fallon married Frank
Mulligan in 1935 and later her
sister Rosaleen married Frank’s
brother, Jack. They also had six
After Mr Mulligan died 33
years ago, Mrs Mulligan moved
to the Reed Street town house
she still occupies.
A keen hockey and
badminton player, Mrs
Mulligan was also actively
involved in the Windsor Park
Women’s Institute, continuing
as a member of the branch
after she moved to Oamaru,
travelling out to meetings with
other Oamaru members to
ensure it had enough numbers
to keep going. The branch no
— Otago Daily Times
Children key to long, happy life
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Oamaru’s Bina Mulligan, who turns 100 tomorrow, with her
birthday card from the Queen, and others including one from
Prime Minister John Key behind her.
A driver is in a serious condition
after a car and bus collided on
Auckland’s North Shore last night.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the intersection of Beachaven
and Birkdale Roads at 10.20pm, a
police spokesman said.
The patient in a serious
condition was taken to Auckland
City Hospital and three others
with minor injuries were taken to
North Shore Hospital.
A person trapped in the car
was cut free by staff, before being
taken to hospital by ambulance, a
Fire Ser vice spokesman said.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Driver serious after car, bus collide
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Emergency services staff at the scene of the collision last night.
Gerry Brownlee has cancelled a pre-
All Blacks match function for media in
Christchurch next week after allegations
of an “improper relationship” with the
event ’s sponsor.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
Minister invited media to attend the
informal drinks at a Merivale bar on
the eve of the international rugby test
against Argentina in Christchurch.
The 6pm until late function was to be
sponsored by Fletcher Construction and
hosted by Mr Brownlee himself in what
has become a regular fixture since the
However, Mr Brownlee yesterday
cancelled the event after an unnamed
individual who had been invited to
the event complained of an “improper
relationship between Cera (Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Authority),
Fletcher Building, and by implication
In a lengthy, strongly worded e-mail
outlining his reasons for cancelling the
event, Mr Brownlee outlines how the
“This year, because another subsidiary
Residential) was announced last week
as the preferred tenderer for a major
residential development of the North
and East Frame, there has been disquiet
from a recipient of my invitation to
drinks ahead of the All Blacks versus
Argentina test,” he wrote.
“That person was part of a consortium
that unsuccessfully tendered to develop
the North and East Frame.”
Mr Brownlee refuted suggestions that
Fletcher Construction’s sponsorship of
the event could influence any tender
process a subsidiary of Fletcher Building
might participate in.
“This is not the first time conspiracy
theorists have tried to suggest something
along these lines,” he added.
“Personal attacks of this nature,
without foundation, and as a knee-jerk
reaction to non-selection as a preferred
tenderer, is extremely disappointing.”
The media drinks, which has never had
taxpayer money spent on it, was first
held in 2012 when Christchurch hosted
the All Blacks vs Ireland — the first
major sporting event for the city after
the devastating quakes.
It was held to show international and
domestic media visiting the city that it
was still capable of hosting major events,
Mr Brownlee said.
“The last thing we wanted was foreign
visitors who would be reporting back
to their home countries not knowing
where to go to get a meal or a drink,
and getting a poor impression of the city
and its fledgling recovery and rebuild
process,” he said.
Fletcher Construction sponsored the
inaugural event, which Mr Brownlee
said was a “huge success, with visiting
media rubbing shoulders with local
media, those involved in the rebuild
from many organisations, and rugby
players past and present ”.
A clearly disappointed Mr Brownlee
apologised for the cancellation of next
Thursday ’s function.
“There is much to celebrate in how
far we’ve come since the Canterbury
earthquakes,” he wrote. “Unfortunately
we won’t be discussing it over a drink
ahead of next week’s test match.
“The potential for reputation damage to
Cera, myself and Fletcher Construction
is just not worth it.” — NZME
Brownlee cancels drinks amid graft claim
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Otago SPCA inspector Rachel Stedman holds a Drowning is not OK
poster, which aims to educate pet owners about being humane.
Animal rights advocates have
condemned a “disturbing” rise in the
number of forced animal drownings in
Otago this year.
The Otago Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said
it was taking a zero tolerance stance to
intentional drownings of animals.
New Zealand Veterinary Association
head of veterinary ser vices Callum
Irvine says people who kill animals by
drowning “should be punished to the
full extent of the law ”.
SPCA inspector Rachel Stedman,
in D unedin, said after having to
investigate six reported drownings
this year — double the number in
previous years — they were “sick of
In the latest incident, a member
of the public alerted the SPCA
to an owner attempting to drown
four unwanted, newborn huntaway
As a result, staff were able to respond
and euthanise the puppies humanely,
Ms Stedman said.
“ We rely on people to call us and
report acts of animal cruelty and
mistreatment so we can stop it and act
appropriately,” she said.
Many people were unaware forced
drownings were an act of animal
cruelty and, as such, they often went
unreported, she said.
“ It ’s an excuse we constantly come
across: that they didn’t know it was
inhumane or hurting the animals. It ’s
a common practice because of a lack
The most common reasons for forced
drownings were sick or unwanted
newborn litters and “the odd
unwanted adult cat ”.
People attempted to drown pets in
their own homes, with bathtubs and
buckets filled with water, as a “quick
fix” to get rid of them.
The misconception that intentional
drowning was humane came from
older generations who thought it was
normal practice, she said.
Recent scientific research conducted
by Dr Ngaio Beausoleil, from Massey
University’s Animal Welfare Science
and Bioethics Centre, has shown air
deprivation of animals causes them
severe distress and immense pain.
Drowning was not an alternative to
humane euthanasia by a veterinarian.
A person found responsible for
drowning animals faced a fine of up
to $75,000 or a maximum penalty of
three years’ imprisonment.
The SPCA also urged pet owners to
desex their cats and dogs.
— Otago Daily Times
Animal drownings condemned
Labour attacks Key
over Kiwisaver claim
Prime Minister John Key
is being accused of making
a false claim when he said
IRD advised him scrapping
Kiwisaver’s $1000 kick
start payment would not
released yesterday show
IRD believed it would
mean “ lower numbers
of Kiwisaver members
the self-employed and
Labour’s finance spokes-
man, Grant Robertson,
said after the cut had
been announced in the
May budget, Mr Key told
parliament it “ wouldn’t
make a blind bit of
difference” to Kiwisaver
enrolments, and said that
was IRD’s formal advice.
It is not clear whether the
advice Mr Key was talking
about is the same IRD advice published
in the Treasury documents.
Treasury drew up the advice to the
government in consultation with IRD,
and it included: “ This change is likely
to have only limited effect (if any)
on enrolment rates in Kiwisaver . . .
because other subsidies and employer
contributions remain in place”.
Mr Robertson did not think there was
any doubt about where the advice came
“The papers reveal the Inland Revenue
Department advised the Government
that cutting the kick-
start would lead to lower
numbers of Kiwisaver
members among the self-
employed and children,” he
“Despite this advice, the
Prime Minister was happy
to tell parliament the
‘formal advice’ from IRD
had told him the opposite. ”
Mr Robertson said that
since the kick-start cut,
ANZ has announced a
50% fall in sign-ups to its
Kiwisaver scheme, one of
the largest in New Zealand.
The Treasury documents
also show it warned
the government not to
announce the move before
the budget to avoid a surge
The scrapping of the
kick-start was one of the
big surprises in the budget,
and Opposition MPs said
the Government should
have given people a heads-up.
The documents show that in March
the Treasury warned that announcing
it ahead of the budget would result in
large numbers of enrolments in the
inter vening period.
“This would reduce the fiscal savings,”
“ Provided that the kick start can be
removed with immediate effect from the
passing of legislation on budget night,
there would be no spike in enrolments.”
The Government took that advice and
put the legislation through. — N Z N
Snow on way out
The snow is on its way out and
New Zealand is in for a cold but
Cold and bitter windy weather
has moved up the country this
week, even leaving sprinklings
of snow on the hilly suburbs of
A severe weather warning is
still in place for hill country
between Gisborne and Mohaka
in northern Hawke’s Bay, where
some strong snow flurries
overnight have left the region
blanketed in snow.
Auckland had a cold start today
and it will remain chilly, but fine.
“I think we are going to find
it ’s a cold weekend in store
meteorologist John Law said.
It is showery and cold in
Wellington but it will clear and a
fine and cold weekend is in store,
as it is for most of the country.
Mr Law said the chill would
reach coastal areas, not just the
normally freezing high country.
“It’s a cold day and we’ve got
more showers to come, but as we
get through the rest of the day,
the showers should start to peter
out,” Mr Law said. “As we go
through the next couple of days
that cold air is still with us but we
lose the cloud and its insulation,
and we lose the wind. ”
Both the Desert Road, between
Taihape and Turangi, and the
Napier to Taupo Road are shut
because of snow and ice, as is
State highway 2 either side of
Gisborne. — NZ ME
Truck-car collision claims life
One person is dead and another
injured in a crash that has closed
a busy stretch of Auckland
State highway 16 was shut to
traffic in both directions between
Bradly Road and Wharepapa
Road, Helensville, because of the
crash. It happened about 7.30am
when a car collided with a truck,
leaving debris on the road, police
One person is dead and another
suffered moderate injuries.
Emergency ser vices and crash
investigators were at the scene
and the road was not expected to
reopen until this afternoon.
Offending includes Karamea rape
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