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Crash driver impaled
A man was critically injured in
a crash today. The one-car crash
happened on Fairview Avenue near
Albany on Auckland’s North Shore.
Emergency ser vices were alerted
about 3.24am. The Fire Ser vice said
the car’s only occupant was impaled
on a fence post. An eyewitness said
it appeared a piece of fence had gone
through the car. — NZME
A winemaker is recalling three
products due to possible glass
fragments in bottles. The 3 Stones
winery initiated the recall yesterday
after a packaging fault which meant
glass fragments could be dislodged
from the bottles upon opening.
The products affected are 3 Stones
Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (batch code
L5148), 3 Stones Pinot Gris 2015
(batch code L5148 and Clear water
Cove Pinot Gris 2015 (batch code
L5148). All bottles are 750ml , and
are sold throughout New Zealand.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Priest admits indecencies
A Napier-based Anglican minister
has admitted sexual violation charges.
John Hamilton Tovey, 64, pleaded
guilty to two charges of indecent
assault on females aged over 16, in
the Napier District Court yesterday.
The alleged offending occurred in
Napier between April last year and
January 2. He was remanded on bail
to be sentenced on September 17.
— N ZM E -Hawke’s Bay Today
Toyota Prius recall
Toyota is recalling over 150 hybrid
Prius cars due to a possible software
fault. It is part of a worldwide
recall and owners will be contacted.
The recall was due to software
settings that could result in “higher
thermal stress” in a power converter,
potentially causing damage, Toyota
New Zealand said. The software
update would take about an hour.
— NZM E -New Zealand Herald
Police have arrested two Dunedin
men after a violent home invasion.
The two men, aged 24 and 36,
have been charged with aggravated
robbery after a man was shot in the
leg with a .22 -calibre rifle in his
home on July 2. It is alleged one of
the men shot the resident and the
pair stole a watch, two cellphones and
$70 cash. Police said further charges
were likely. — Otago Daily Times
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 508 last
night. Successful numbers were 14,
15, 32, 35, 38, 48; coin toss, tails.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11428: 4,
8, 15, 20, 21, 27, 29, 35, 38, 39, 40, 43,
49, 51, 52, 59, 66, 67, 69, 71. Draw No
11429: 2, 10, 20, 23, 25, 27, 28, 37, 43,
50, 52, 59, 61, 64, 67, 71, 73, 77, 79, 80.
Draw No 11430: 4, 10, 16, 27, 33, 35,
42, 45, 47, 48, 49, 59, 61, 62, 68, 69, 71,
78, 79, 80. Draw No 11431: 2, 5, 7, 10,
13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 30, 37, 41, 43, 45,
47, 64, 68, 76, 77.
Dairy prices tumble again
A Waverley woman has admitted
kicking a child in the head in April after
police said she became “frustrated” with
Amber Cannell appeared before Judge
David Cameron in the Whanganui
District Court on Tuesday on a charge of
assault with intent to injure.
Police prosecutor sergeant Stephen
Butler said Cannell kicked the child in
the head on “two separate occasions”,
causing scrapes, bruising, and bleeding
to their ears.
Defence lawyer Stephanie Burlace said
Cannell was “ very upset ” following the
Cannell was sentenced to 50 hours’
community ser vice and nine months’
intensive super vision.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Child kick admitted
The boy who fractured his head in
two places after an accident at Napier’s
Inflatable World has been discharged
from Auckland’s Starship Hospital.
Zaybein Wathey, 10, told 3 News last
night he still cannot remember much
about that fateful day on July 7, but can
safely say he will not jump on another
“I remember jumping from one part
to another and I must have slipped and
dived on to the concrete,” Zaybein said.
His stepfather, Paul Marjoribanks, said
Zaybein was doing “fantastically well”
after managing to stay awake for only a
couple of minutes at a time last week.
“Inflatable World sounded safe as. I
didn’t expect a couple of fractures in the
head from a bouncy castle,” he said.
Zaybein is still suffering from violent
headaches and fatigue. He has been told
to take the next few months off school
“It’s going to be very hard, I’m going to
miss my rugby team,” Zaybein said.
Inflatable World had temporarily
closed its Napier branch while the
incident is investigated by Work Safe
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
All clear for
boy hurt in
The latest Global Dairy Trade
auction was another shocker, the
price index dropping by 10.7% from
the last sale a fortnight ago to register
its biggest fall in 12 months.
Whole milk powder — which
is responsible for about 75% of
Fonterra’s farm gate milk price —
fell in price by 13.1% to $US1848
($2801) a tonne to its lowest level in
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 season. Dairy NZ
estimates $5.70 a kilogram to be the
break-even point for most farmers.
Agri HQ dairy analyst Susan
Kilsby said the auction result was
“Farmers now face two consecutive
seasons of extremely low milk prices,”
she said in a commentary. “ The
majority of farmers can’t break even at
such a low milk price.”
Economists estimate a $1/kg drop
in the milk price equates to about
$2 billion less income for dairy
“Farm debt levels will rise. Rural
communities will suffer as farmers
reduce spending to the bare
essentials,” Ms Kilsby said.
Agri HQ’s theoretical 2015-16 farm
gate milk price has decreased to $4.22
per kilo milk solids — down 83c on a
fortnight ago and $1.27 lower than a
Brian Rice, principal and owner of
Chicago-based commodities broking
house Rice Dairy said the GDT
result showed that the trend in low
dairy prices was not over yet.
He added it appeared from the
GDT result that New Zealand was
struggling to clear product.
“ I definitely view it as a cyclical
thing and this cycle will end,” he said.
“Some time over the next five
years, the world will be short of dairy
Price declines were across all but
one of the products offered for sale at
Cheddar prices dropped by 13.9%
to $2613 a tonne, skim milk powder
by 10.1% to $1702 ($2579), butter by
9.5% to $2460 and rennet casein by
8% to $5430.
Butter milk powder prices dropped
by 4.4% to $1794 a tonne and
anhydrous milk fat lost 10.6% to
$2621. The only product to gain was
lactose, which firmed by 1.9% to
NZX dairy futures pricing suggested
prices might fall at this morning’s
auction but not nearly to the same
extent. The average winning price was
$2082 a tonne.
Prices, after a steep decline in 2014,
bounced back in February this year
but have been falling ever since.
The milk price is more evidence of the
disastrous impact of the complacency
of the National Government on the
economy and New Zealand jobs and
incomes, Labour’s finance spokesman
Grant Robertson said today.
“There has been another double-
digit fall in dairy prices overnight,
which are now at their lowest level
since Global Dairy Trade auctions
began. Prices have fallen more than
40% since March and are 62% lower
than last year’s peak.
“ Fonterra’s forecast of $5.25 per kilo
of milk solids for the current season is
based on prices heading back towards
$3500 a tonne in the coming year.
At $1848 per tonne of whole milk
powder, it is now closer to half that
price,” he said.
This ninth successive fall in dairy
prices is the latest in a series of bad
news for the economy, which was
heavily dependent on dairy exports.
Business confidence was negative,
wage and consumer confidence
was plummeting, unemployment
remained high with fewer advertised
jobs, wage growth is stagnant and
overall exports continue to fall, he
“The economic signals have been
clear for months now, yet the
complacency of the Government has
put jobs, incomes and the viability of
productive businesses at risk.
“Sitting on our hands and wishing
it all goes away cannot be the answer.
New Zealanders deser ve better than
“ National squandered economic
opportunities while it was riding the
wave of commodity prices; now that it
is crashing down, New Zealanders are
paying the cost of the wipe out,” Mr
Robertson said. — NZ ME
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When it comes to summer
holiday itineraries, the route an
Invercargill trio will follow next
year takes some beating.
Wade von Tunzelman, Jo Cahill
and Darcy Ruffell have decided
to enter the 2016 Mongol Rally,
a part adventure, part charity
fundraiser 17,000km rally across
Europe and Central Asia to
Mongolia and Russia.
There are only three rules —
participants must drive vehicles of
1000cc or less during the journey
from London to Ulan-Ude in
Russia via Mongolia, they cannot
have a support vehicle, and they
must raise at least £1000 ($2300)
The trio, who call themselves
the No 8 Wire team, believe they
are the first Southlanders to enter
They have been friends since
they were teenagers.
Mr Ruffell, 32, the team
mechanic, runs his own business,
Ms Cahill, 31, is a probation
officer, and Mr von Tunzelman,
33, works for Ballance
Agrinutrients at Awarua, south of
It is a good thing they are
friends, as their sleeping quarters
during the month or more they
are on the road will be tents or
the back of the car.
However, they said they would
book into a camping ground or
motel from time to time.
“ When we need a shower,” Mr
“ When we can’t stand it any
longer,” Ms Cahill said.
While Ms Cahill and Mr
von Tunzelman are seasoned
travellers — Ms Cahill has not
long returned after three and a
half years living and travelling
overseas — Mr Ruffell has not
been further afield than Australia.
They said they had decided to
enter the rally because it would be
a different sort of challenge.
The official Mongol Rally
website warns it is a risky
“ Individuals who have taken
part in the past have been
permanently disfigured, seriously
disabled or lost their life,” the
To raise the $30,000 to cover
their expenses and charity
obligations, plus the cost of
buying a suitable vehicle in the
United Kingdom, they plan to
hold fundraising events over 12
months, starting with a “ vehicular
scavenger hunt ” in Invercargill on
Sunday, a year to the day from the
start of the 2016 rally.
They have bought a $600
Daihatsu Charade “practice
car”, hoping to attract sponsors
prepared to exchange cash for
their logo on the vehicle.
The 1982 Daihatsu was “older
than any of them”, Mr Cahill
said, but was already proving a
“ I wish we could take it with
us. ” — Otago Daily Times
Mongol Rally trio seeking fun, adventure
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Invercargill friends Wade von Tunzelman, left, Jo Cahill and Darcy Ruffell with the Daihatsu Charade
“practice car” they have bought ahead of next year’s Mongol Rally.
Labour attacks real
Auckland owes a real estate
data about thousands of
real estate deals a “debt of
said this morning the
Government did not want
Aucklanders to know what
was happening with the
city’s property market.
The data covered almost
4000 house sales by one
unidentified firm from
February to April.
Real estate figures published at the
weekend suggested people of Chinese
descent accounted for 39.5% of
transactions in the city in that period.
Auckland real estate giant Barfoot and
Thompson fired an employee after the
data was leaked.
This morning, Mr Twyford told
TV One the employee’s sacking was
disappointing but he did not regret
helping release the information.
“ I absolutely stand by releasing that
data,” he said. “New Zealand is being
sold off under our feet. ”
He said “offshore speculators” were
running rampant in Auckland’s real
Mr Twyford said he would not reveal
his “contacts or communications” with
the person who approached him and
passed on the information.
“The reason we put this leaked sales
data into the public domain is that the
Government has refused to collect the
information and refused to make it
public. And I believe people have a right
to know what ’s going on,” he said.
He said banning offshore buyers from
snapping up Auckland properties would
not in itself solve the housing crisis.
“ It has a number of causes. Addressing
one issue (won’t) fix the entire problem
but it’s plain silly for some people to
suggest that because a given policy
solution like banning foreign buyers
won’t instantly fix the problem that
therefore we shouldn’t talk
about it. We need bold
reform on a number of
Labour leader Andrew
Little last night launched a
blistering attack on Barfoot
and Thompson after the
real estate firm fired
the employee yesterday
after days of headlines
investment in the city’s
Peter Thompson said the staff member
admitted passing on confidential sales
But Mr Little said Barfoot and
Thompson had been a “huge beneficiary’’
of the Auckland property market and
“ it ’s in their interest for there not to be
much information about this’’.
The sacking of the individual did
not reflect well on the company and
it appeared the company was actively
working to keep information from the
people of Auckland, he said.
“They don’t want people to know. They
should be involved in the debate. They
should be providing information that
furthers the debate instead of going
about hunting people down.’’
Asked if Labour was culpable or
liable for the employee being fired, Mr
Twyford said: “I don’t believe there is any
He would not discuss whether he had
talked with the employee about the risks
involved with the leak.
Asked if Labour would arrange legal
representation for the employee, Mr
Twyford refused to comment on any
issues related to the source.
Under the Protected Disclosures Act,
there is protection for “whistle-blower’’
employees but it applies only where a
worker reveals serious wrongdoing such
as corruption, conduct that poses a risk
to health and safety, criminal activities or
gross negligence by public officials.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Passengers on a Wellington to
Sydney flight took a terrifying mid-
air plunge that knocked the aircraft
off its axis as it flew into land.
A Wellington woman on the
Qantas flight said it suddenly lost
height while turning shortly before
touching down in Sydney two weeks
The fuselage also tilted so it was
nearly vertical to the ground, she said.
“One wing dropped right and so
we were falling violently for about
two seconds. Everyone clasped on to
the front of their seats and there was
a collective squeal,” said the woman,
who did not want her name published
because of her sensitive job, and who
has just returned to New Zealand.
“ It righted itself but no-one said
Everyone was fastened into their
seats at the time.
The next day passengers were sent
an e-mail saying the flight had hit
“some turbulence on descent and
we appreciate this may have been
unpleasant for you”.
“ We do our best to make your
journeys run smoothly, thank you for
A Qantas spokesman confirmed
none of the 144 passengers on board
“(The flight) experienced turbulence
caused by a wind gust as the aircraft
was coming into landing at Sydney
International Airport. The level of
turbulence felt by customers is not
uncommon in high-wind situations.
“The aircraft landed as per normal.”
Upon arrival, the flight’s captain
spoke to the customer ser vice
manager on board, who confirmed
there were no injuries to passengers
or crew, the spokesman said.
The aircraft was also undamaged.
But on the day passengers were in
the dark about what happened and
everyone simply got off as normal,
the Wellington woman said.
“ I think pretty much everyone
would have been quite shocked,” she
“ I was happy when it righted itself.
I’m not a terrified flyer.”
The woman said the scare would
not stop her flying in the future.
“ It was just kind of weird that
(Qantas) didn’t say anything and then
sent an e-mail.”
Another woman on the flight was
happy with Qantas’s response, but
said she was scared by what happened
as everyone around her “screamed or
made loud noises”.
“ I was quite shocked but if we’re
going to crash, we’re going to crash,
so me screaming isn’t going to do
anything about it,” she said. “My
travelling companion was possibly
more alarmed. Nothing was said,
they just said, ‘ Welcome to Sydney.
The temperature’s X degrees’.”
A spokesman from the Australian
Transport Safety Bureau said it had
not received any reports of the July 2
incident. “ While sometimes, things
may be alarming for a passenger,
they are often normal operations for
a regular passenger transport aircraft,
in which case a bit of turbulence
wouldn’t be reported to the ATSB,”
he said. — NZME
Flight plunge prompts Qantas e-mail
Youth in custody
on man, 72
A teenager charged with the serious
assault of an elderly Christchurch man
has been remanded in custody today.
Resham Toa Blake-Faatafa is accused
of attacking a 72-year-old man at New
Brighton Mall early yesterday.
The victim was taken to Christchurch
Hospital with serious injuries, where he
remains in a serious but stable condition.
of Avondale in
Christchurch, appeared from custody in
the Christchurch District Court today
facing two counts of causing grievous
A duty lawyer said he was not seeking
bail and would not be entering pleas
Judge David Saunders told him he
was facing “very serious” charges and
remanded him in custody to July 23.
Bus, car in fatal crash
One man is dead after a car crashed
into a bus.
The car driver died and two car
passengers are injured, a police said.
Waikato police say the bus was carrying
64 passengers, as well as the driver and
One of the car’s occupants died at the
scene, and two others were taken to
Rotorua Hospital with moderate injuries.
Three bus passengers and the driver
were treated on site for minor injuries.
Another person on the bus was taken
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Govt requests for personal data tracked
New Zealand companies will be
asked to keep records of information
requests by local law enforcement
agencies in a drive to shed light on
the extent government entities are
seeking personal data.
The Office of the Privacy
Commissioner John Edwards
has been working on a pilot
transparency reporting project,
which has received favourable
feedback from its early group of
stakeholders, and wants to expand
that to help promote openness and
accountability, he said in a speech
to the New Zealand Institute of
Intelligence Professionals annual
conference in Wellington yesterday.
“ Transparency reporting has
the potential to increase public
awareness of the information
activities of law
enforcement and security agencies
that hold the information to be
open with consumers about the
limitations of confidentiality, and
the ways in which they co-operate
with agents of the State,” Mr
Edwards said in speech notes.
“This year we intend to trial asking
companies to keep a standardised
record of requests for information
from law enforcement agencies and
to report this information to us. We
will then publish this information. ”
initiated overseas by search engine
giant Google after the United
States Department of Homeland
Security relaxed prohibitions
on doing so. That reporting has
since been adopted by Microsoft,
Facebook and Vodafone, and
c loser to home, on-line auction
site Trade Me has been publishing
government agency information
requests for the past two years.
The Privacy Commissioner
is working with 14 companies,
providers, banks and on-line
platforms, to develop an effective
system, and is seeking feedback on
The Har vard Business Review
reported in May that primary care
doctors, payment or credit card
firms and e-commerce firms topped
the list of companies that were
trusted to ensure personal data was
never misused, while governments,
media and entertainment groups,
and social media companies were
the least trusted.
A New Zealand Unisys sur vey
of 500 people on data security
government agencies, and banks
were more likely to experience data
breaches of personal information
over the next 12 months than other
types of organisations, while airlines
were seen as the safest receptacles
of private data.
Speaking on the sidelines of
the NZIIP conference, Human
Rights Chief Commissioner David
Rutherford said the biggest threat
to people’s privacy was how they
signed up to on-line and mobile
applications, with New Zealanders
largely complacent about the
information they freely share.
Businesses were aware of the those
risks, because “if your customers
lose trust in you, you lose value,” Mr
Rutherford said. — N Z ME
Woman lucky to survive crash
Injured and dazed after crashing 100m
down a bank, a Northland woman battled
faltering cell phone reception and beeped
her car horn to alert rescuers — including
her frantic husband — to her location.
The 59-year-old Kerikeri business
owner had taken a wrong turn and was
travelling an unfamiliar route when the
crash happened near Moerewa about
If it was not for a police officer who
happened to stop his car near the crash
site the outcome could have been very
different, Kerikeri acting sergeant Mark
“The circumstances made it dramatic,”
he said. “ We are not sure how but she has
ended up going off a 100m bank, rolling
several times and coming to a stop about
50m from the bottom (of a gorge).”
The woman missed a turn-off and
ended up travelling south on State
highway 1 near Hautapu Road when she
crashed, and was not sure where she was,
Mr Roberts said.
“S he phoned her husband to say she
was injured, but didn’t know where she
was, so he called us and it was every man
and his dog jumping in their cars and
running around looking for her.”
There were six police cars carrying nine
police officers, two fire appliances with
up to 14 people aboard, one ambulance
and a paramedics’ vehicle — plus the
woman’s husband — scanning the road
The woman had a minor head injury
which meant she was confused about her
surroundings, Mr Roberts said.
“ If she didn’t have her phone on her it
could have been a lot worse, but all she
was saying was she could hear trucks and
cars going past but she couldn’t give her
“S he was instructed to intermittently
beep her horn and so were we, but one
policeman just happened to stop and
have a look and there she was. ”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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