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Crash victim identified
Police have identified the woman
who died in a two-car collision
in Levin on Sunday night. She
was 48-year-old Fiona Rae, from
Palmerston North. The accident
occurred at the intersection of State
highway 57 and Waihou Road
about 8pm when a northbound and
southbound vehicle collided. The
injured male driver is in Palmerston
North Hospital in a stable condition.
Surfer severely injured
A surfer was flown to hospital with
severe injuries after being struck in
the thigh by the fin of her surfboard.
The 22-year-old woman was picked
up from Ruapuke Beach, south of
Raglan, by rescue helicopter last
evening. She had a deep cut in her left
thigh and it was feared the fin may
have lacerated an artery, a Westpac
rescue helicopter spokeswoman said.
The fin was completely sheared from
the board by the impact. The surfer
is in a stable condition in Waikato
Hospital. — N ZM E
Quake near Levin
An earthquake was “probably
felt ” after hitting near Levin
this morning, Geonet says. The
magnitude-4.3 quake hit when
most people were asleep at 4.09am.
Geonet said the quake epicentre
was 15 km north-west of Levin at
a depth of 20km. It initially said
the earthquake was of a “moderate”
intensity but had since updated that
assessment. — NZ ME
Three hurt in smash
Three people were badly injured
in a serious two-car collision which
c losed part of a main road north of
Auckland. The incident occurred on
East Coast Road in Dairy Flat about
6.15pm yesterday, Inspector Chris
Tate said. The intersection of East
Coast Road and Wilks Road was
c losed for several hours. One person
was in a critical condition following
the crash and two more suffered
serious injuries, he said. — N Z ME
Dog attacks boy
A three-year-old boy has undergone
surgery after being bitten by a dog.
The boy was attacked by the family
dog at a house in Lansdowne,
Masterton at about 7.20pm on
Sunday. The boy sustained injuries to
his head and was taken to Wairarapa
Hospital for surgery. Acting sergeant
Miranda Barton said the family
was “pretty distraught” but was co-
operating with police. A spokesman
for the council said the dog had been
signed over to the council with the
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
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NZ high in Chinese property search
A man accused of stealing a Starship
Foundation charity box will appear in
court later this month.
Titahi Bay resident Jason Hakaraia
Jacobs, 43, was accused of stealing the
box valued at $150 from a Caltex station
The Starship Foundation raises funds
for the eponymous children’s hospital.
When he appeared in the Porirua
District Court last week, Jacobs
faced four other charges including
unauthorised possession of ritalin,
valium and a syringe.
He was also accused of illegally having
a knife in a public place.
He will reappear on July 24 for a
District Court list hearing at Porirua.
A total of 20 venomous spiders have
been discovered in imported Mexican
grapes but there have been no reports of
anyone being bitten so far.
Last week, the Ministry for Primary
Industries confirmed it had discovered
10 poisonous spiders in bunches of
imported grapes in both the North and
South Islands, prompting officials to pull
all Mexican grapes from supermarket
shelves across New Zealand.
Yesterday, a spokeswoman for MPI
said a total of seven black widows and 13
yellow sac spiders had been discovered.
However, she said MPI had not
received any reports of people being
Since last week, further consignments
of Mexican grapes had arrived in New
Zealand, the spokeswoman said.
She said the grapes had been treated
with an MPI-approved treatment to
kill any “potential hitchhiking spiders”,
and some of this produce may now be
reappearing in stores. — NZ ME
Data collected by a Chinese-based
real estate website shows most people
from that country buying property in
Auckland have a link with the city and
are not leaving their houses empty.
This comes after the Labour
Party released leaked figures over
the weekend showing people with
Chinese names snapped up real estate
in the city at a rate far and above
their proportion of the population,
although the party’s actions have led
to allegations of playing the political
Chinese real estate site Juwai.com
has seen a surge of interest from
Chinese buyers keen on the New
Zealand market, spokesman Dave
Platter said today.
“New Zealand has had an
interesting ride over the past year.
list of countries for Chinese buyers.
Now it’s No 5, so it’s become much
more attractive to Chinese buyers,”
Mr Platter told Radio New Zealand.
“O ur data shows the majority have a
link with New Zealand and are either
planning on moving here or sending
a family member here to study or
maybe retiring here one day, or they
have a professional or commercial
link to New Zealand.”
Research conducted into Auckland
recently found Chinese buyers were
not leaving their properties empty, Mr
Cost was also a factor.
“It ’s relatively inexpensive for
Chinese buyers compared to buying in
something like Beijing and Shanghai
and they like the fact that English is
spoken in New Zealand. Especially if
you’re studying internationally, most
Chinese want their kids to learn
English above all foreign languages,
and the fact they can do that in New
Zealand is a real draw.”
New Zealand was also an easier
place to buy, compared with countries
such as Hong Kong and Singapore,
which had recently increased fees for
foreign buyers, and Australia.
Canada, the United States and the
United Kingdom were not so tough,
“Most major countries New Zealand
compares itself to have no restrictions
on foreign buyers,” Mr Platter said.
“There’s no doubt that over the
past year New Zealand has become
more popular but that means it could
reverse at any time. It could become
more popular, it could become less
popular. It’s just a question of the
condition in New Zealand and the
condition in China. ”
Labour leader Andrew Little has
defended the party against claims of
He said today the average income
of ethnic Chinese living in Auckland
was below the average income overall,
so it would be “madness” to say they
were buying so many top-end houses.
“ What this does allow us to conclude
is something people have been saying
anecdotally — there’s been no hard
data because the Government won’t
collect it — and that is that the impact
and influence of non-resident buyers
in the Auckland housing market is
significant. It ’s not just the Chinese,”
While the Government was not
collecting information on foreign
buyers, what had been released was
the “next best thing”, although Mr
Little acknowledged it was “crude”.
“It’s not because people (are)
looking different, it ’s because their
names stand out and we’ve done
analysis and research on the names
and with 95% accuracy they are of
“The issue isn’t about being
Chinese. It’s about non-resident
foreign buyers and the guy from the
Chinese website (Mr Platter), who
says we have moved from 12th to
fifth, confirms what we have known
anecdotally, and what just about
every Aucklander who’s been in the
housing market for the last two years
will tell you — that ’s there are people
on the end of the phone who are not
resident, don’t make a commitment
to New Zealand, but want to buy
property here, who are shutting
others out of buying a property in
Labour decided to release the figures
because of the public interest in what
Mr Little would not reveal who
was behind that decision but said a
“ wide range” of people were involved,
including those of Chinese descent.
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560 +4 23.59
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171 +1.5 306.8
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Kiwi Property Gr
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Mighty River Power
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Orion Health Gr
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127 +1 15.90
Sky Network TV
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407 –3 538.4
279 +1.5 384.8
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272 +1 19.60
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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Aluminium High Grade
When he was nine years old,
Earl Headland was given a box of
rocks by a friend of his father.
Now, 70 years later, he has about
12,000 rocks, and one room in his
Oamaru house totally dedicated
to his collection.
He had some of that collection,
which has come from all around
the world, on display at the
North Otago Rock and Mineral
Club’s 44th Gemstone, Jewellery
and Craft Fair at the weekend,
joining 10 others who had come
from as far away as Nelson and
Those he brought to show
demonstrated the wide range of
colours, shapes and sizes in his
collection, which occupies seven
big cabinets. He also has a huge
collection of shells.
“I don’t have any particular
favourites. I’m just interested in
rocks,” he said.
He also has no interest in what
his collection may be worth, or if
anything is valuable.
“I’m not really interested in
value, but fascinated by the colour
and different shapes.”
He started his collection as a
boy in England, but it really took
off when he emigrated in 1966
to Australia, where rocks and
Along with his son, he would
head out into the outback to
collect rocks, sometimes in utter
They particularly scouted
around the old mining areas,
where rocks could be picked up
from the surface and the old mine
On one trip, they trekked about
12km through steep, rock country,
dropping off water as they went.
They then carried out 25kg of
rocks each on a seven and a half-
hour trip, drinking the water they
At another site, a uranium
mine, they took in an ultraviolet
light so they could spot
fluorescent rocks in the dark.
When they switched it on, the
whole ground lit up.
Then, he collected whatever was
available, but he has since pruned
his collection to the best pieces.
That also applies to anything
he adds to the collection: “Now, I
only collect the best.”
— Otago Daily Times
Oamaru man a real rock star
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Earl Headland, of Oamaru, shows two examples of his extensive rock and mineral collection, some of
which he had at the Oamaru Gemstone, Jewellery and Craft Fair in Oamaru at the weekend.
Labour hits back
at Devoy criticism
Labour has hit back at
race relations commissioner
Dame Susan Devoy
after she joined a chorus
of voices criticising the
party’s release of data about
Chinese home buyers in
Dame Susan yesterday
attacked Labour’s release
of the data, which the
party says shows a problem
with Chinese foreign
investment in Auckland, saying it over-
simplified the problem and singled out
“ Dumbing down complex economic
woes and blaming them on an ethnic
community whose members are already
feeling under pressure is neither new nor
unique, but it ’s always disappointing,”
But Labour’s David Parker said Dame
Susan’s comments undermined her role.
“S he should re-read the Human Rights
Act because there is nothing in the act
that says contentious issues ought not to
be discussed,” he said.
The data was the best available on the
issue and Dame Susan had not supplied
any alternative, he said.
“There is nothing racist in what has
been said,” Mr Parker said. “ Labour’s
policy is that if you have the right to
live here you have the right to buy here,
whatever your ethnicity.”
Mr Parker also said Dame Susan
had failed to come up with alternative
evidence when she accused Labour of
released “half-baked” data.
“The data used by (Labour’s housing
spokesman) Phil Twyford was carefully
checked by him, and by the New Zealand
Herald, which published it,” he said.
“The data used is the best available and
the story makes that clear. Ms Devoy
does not present any alternative data.”
Labour on Saturday released data from
an unnamed real estate agent suggesting
people of Chinese descent
accounted for 39.5% of
in Auckland between
February and April, while
their share of the city’s
population was 9%.
spokesman, Phil Twyford,
said it pointed to offshore
Chinese investors grabbing
up Auckland land.
“I am surprised Ms
Devoy has not commented
that it is outrageous the article showed
Maori and Pacific islanders are grossly
under-represented as house buyers,
house sellers and agents.
“Surely this level of social exclusion is
bad for race relations,” Mr Parker said.
Parties on both ends of the spectrum
have criticised the release, with both
ACT and the Greens saying they did
not want to focus on ethnicity.
Labour leader Andrew Little defended
the research while the Government
accused the party of “playing the race
card” in a crude attempt to win votes.
Economists and commentators have
called the findings half-baked because it
determined which buyers were Chinese
based on names.
But the analyst who crunched the
numbers for Labour, Rob Salmond,
defended the research in a blog post, saying
the discrepancy between the numbers and
incomes of people of Chinese descent
and the overall investment proved that
money had to be coming from overseas.
New Zealand’s largest private real
estate firm, Barfoot and Thompson, has
said it will investigate whether it was the
source of the leaked data to Labour.
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand
figures released yesterday showed
Auckland’s median house price had
risen a record 26% to $755,000 over the
past year, while the rest of the country’s
median price was steady at $340,000.
name stays secret
The man who raped and
murdered Blessie Gotingco
continues to have his name
hidden from the public.
The 28-year-old man,
whose image is allowed to
be published, will continue
to have name suppression
for legal reasons that
cannot be disclosed.
A jury found him found
guilty on May 21 of raping and killing
Mrs Gotingco, a mother of three, on
Auckland’s North Shore in May last
He had name suppression throughout
his trial to prevent jurors from learning
about his previous convictions.
After the jury returned guilty verdicts
in the High Court at Auckland, Justice
there was no reason for
the defendant ’s
suppression to continue.
decision to a higher court.
The Court of Appeal
considered his application
last month and released its
decision this afternoon.
The appeal has been
dismissed but the Court of Appeal
said the High Court’s interim name
suppression order would continue.
The reasons for the decision are
Mrs Gotingco’s family have previously
said they were disappointed by the
continuation of name suppression.
The convicted man
A relative of a Christchurch 15-month-
old toddler who died two weeks ago in
what police have called a violent assault
claims his death was a “terrible tragic
Ihaka Paora Braxton Stokes suffered
blunt force injuries including broken
bones, a post-mortem examination
Police and St John were called to the
house at Truman Road, Bryndwr about
10.30pm on July 3.
Ihaka was found unconscious with
He was transported to the accident and
emergency department at Christchurch
Hospital and died shortly after wards.
Police are treating it as a homicide
investigation. Nobody has been charged.
Ihaka was laid to rest on Friday.
On Saturday his aunty Marrisa
Hunton — sister of Ihaka’s heavily-
pregnant mother Mikala Stokes — said
that his death was not a result of foul
“This little boy was not murdered; he
died in a terrible tragic accident,” she
wrote on Facebook.
Ms Hunton blasted media outlets
“out for a story” and said the family had
been sent “horrible comments” on social
media by “trolls and people who have no
“The important thing is that the family
knows the truth,” she wrote.
Police are still working on the
Officers have spoken to “quite a large
number of people” including the boy’s
mother and stepfather, who lived at the
Police have refused to say whether
either of them were suspects or whether
either of them were at home at the time
of the assault. — NZ ME
Baby death ‘an accident ’
Passer-by hailed for saving
elderly man from fire
A passer-by helped saved the life
and home of an elderly man whose
house caught fire.
Tauranga fire brigade were called
to a home on Welcome Bay Road
before 10am yesterday to help put
out the fire, which had started in
Tauranga senior station officer
Len Sabin said a passer-by had
noticed smoke coming from the
house and extinguished the small
fire with a garden hose, after calling
the fire brigade and alerting the
elderly man inside.
The occupant of the home did not
know the fire had started until he
was alerted to it by the passer-by.
He then helped put the fire out.
“ Here we had a small fire with the
potential to spread through the rest
of the house. The passer-by did an
excellent job of stopping the fire
before it spread. He has potentially
saved a lot of damage, so he
absolutely needs to be commended.
It had all the potential to be quite
Mr Sabin said the elderly man
had been on the other side of the
house when the fire started.
“A few more minutes and the
house would have been going. The
damage has been limited to the
At this stage, it appeared
the fire had started from the
“ incorrect disposal” of fire ashes,
Mr Sabin said. “ It appears the
elderly gentleman emptied out his
fireplace (yesterday) morning into a
“ We recommend people be
extremely vigilant and careful
with the disposal of ashes. We go
to incidents every winter where
people either use combustible
containers or relocate those embers
near combustibles. ”
Inappropriate disposal of ashes has
been blamed for several fires around
Tauranga this winter, including
another house on fire in Welcome
Bay after ashes were placed in a
plastic bucket next to an outside wall.
The Fire Ser vice recommended
leaving ashes in a metal bucket for
five days before disposing of them.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Three Australian men have been
jailed for manslaughter after the
death of a former Waikato man.
Gordon Hamm’s burned body
was found buried in bushland
near Nelson, close to the South
after Mark James Moreland and
Christopher Nathan Tippins led
detectives to the place they had left
AAP reported the pair, with co-
accused Tai Thorp, ambushed Mr
Hamm, 34, on a bridge in July 2013.
Mr Hamm was assaulted with a
rifle and bundled into a car.
During the trial, Moreland and
Tippins insisted they had delivered
Mr Hamm to bikies over a debt
and that he was alive when they last
When they were found guilty of
manslaughter, the pair led police to
AAP reported the men told police
Mr Hamm’s death was a “mystery”
and he died suddenly, possibly from
a heart attack.
At the trial the judge said it was
an “extraordinary turn of events”,
but the pair leading police to Mr
Hamm’s remains showed some
acceptance of responsibility and
It was unlikely Mr Hamm’s body
would have been found without the
men’s assistance, the court heard.
Moreland and Tippins were
sentenced to 12 years’ jail on
Monday, with a minimum non-
parole period of nine years.
Thorp, 22, played a lesser role, the
judge said, and was sentenced to a
minimum of seven years’ jail.
Forensic analysis was unable to
determine Mr Hamm’s cause of
death, AAP reported. — NZ ME
Three jailed in Australia
over NZ man’s death
into police car
A motorist evading the law drove
towards a police officer deploying road
spikes, then collided with a patrol car
and allegedly ran off.
Police said a car in Christchurch failed
to stop for officers about 5am today in
A pursuit began and an officer tried to
put spikes on the road.
But the driver then drove towards the
officer deploying the spikes, police said.
“The offender then collided with a
parked police car before decamping
from the vehicle. A police dog was used
to locate the male driver who is facing
a number of charges including failing
to stop and unlawful taking of a motor
vehicle,” police said in a statement.
A soldier facing charges including
assault with a weapon will face a court-
martial next month.
The private faces three charges following
an alleged incident in Palmerston North.
The Defence Force said the charges also
included “doing an act to the prejudice of
ser vice discipline” and “failing to comply
with written orders”.
The court-martial will sit on Monday,
August 3 at Linton Military Camp near
The Defence Force said it would not
release names of the defendant or of
witnesses before the hearing. — N Z ME
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