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Fire at rest home
A number of rest home residents
were hauled out of their beds in
the early hours of the morning
after a heater caught fire. Fire
Ser vice spokesman Scott Osmond
said firefighters were called to the
Edenvale Rest Home in Mount
Eden at 1.45am. Four fire crews
attended the blaze — from a hallway
heater — and put out the fire in a
matter of minutes, he said. Damage
was “very minor”, he said. — NZME
A motorcyclist died following a
collision with a van in Christchurch
last night. The crash occurred on
Pound Road near Savills Road, on
the outskirts of Christchurch, just
before 5pm. The man died at the
scene. Diversions were in place on
Pound Road while police completed
a scene examination and the road
was cleared. The death has been
referred to the coroner. — NZ ME
Ashburton crash fatal
One man died in a car accident
in Ashburton late on Friday.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the scene on Grahams Road in
Tinwald, Ashburton, at 11.30pm,
senior sergeant Scott Banfield said.
He said the vehicle left the road
and clipped trees after it failed to
“negotiate a moderate bend” on the
road. The driver died at the scene. Mr
Banfield said he had been identified,
but police would not be releasing his
name until next of kin had notified
extended family and friends.
A microlight crashed in a paddock
yesterday afternoon. A Fire Ser vice
spokesman said no one was hurt
when the microlight had “a hard
landing in a paddock” near a local
airstrip close to Matamata in
Waikato. — N Z ME
Two tickets, sold in Pleasant Point
and Gisborne, won their holders
$1 million each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1468 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 9, 15, 18,
22, 36, 39; bonus 34. Strike numbers
were 36, 18, 9, 22. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 5. There was no division one
Numbers in Keno draw No 11468: 9,
14, 18, 23, 28, 29, 31, 35, 39, 41, 46, 47,
49, 55, 58, 66, 70, 71, 75, 77. Draw No
11469: 2, 8, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 23, 24,
26, 36, 39, 45, 49, 51, 53, 56, 62, 73, 76.
Draw No 11470: 2, 7, 17, 18, 20, 28,
36, 46, 54, 55, 56, 57, 62, 64, 65, 67, 71,
72, 73, 75. Draw No 11471: 2, 5, 7, 8,
11, 15, 17, 23, 32, 35, 36, 40, 42, 53, 57,
64, 70, 72, 74, 75. Draw No 11472: 5,
8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 23, 27, 30, 32, 50,
55, 60, 63, 64, 66, 69, 70, 77. Draw No
11473: 2, 4, 15, 18, 23, 29, 30, 34, 36,
40, 42, 47, 50, 53, 59, 64, 68, 69, 77, 80.
Draw No 11474: 1, 2, 11, 13, 17, 22,
24, 25, 27, 35, 41, 43, 48, 49, 52, 57, 59,
63, 66, 75. Draw No 11475: 1, 3, 7, 8,
21, 29, 36, 39, 41, 43, 47, 48, 49, 53, 54,
59, 69, 73, 76, 78.
A tourist driver who killed an Oamaru
five-year-old girl in a crash will have to
wait another two weeks for the result of
an appeal against his jail sentence.
Jing Cao, 32, of China, was sentenced
to 18 months in prison on June 9 for
dangerous driving causing the death of
An appeal against the sentence was
filed the following day and was heard
this morning by Justice David Gendall.
Justice Gendall reser ved his decision
until August 10.
Cao was remanded on bail until that
date. — Otago Daily Times
Crash driver appeals
Firefighters have worked for almost
12 hours to get a 40ha scrub fire in the
South Island under control.
About 25 rural firefighters battled the
Lake Coleridge blaze, which threatened
to engulf nearby baches, from dawn until
Fire Ser vice spokesman Andrew Norris
said the crews left as it got dark.
“It’s all done. Rural fire crews were there
until dusk last night, but everybody’s out
of there now.”
Crews received calls about 4.15am
about the fire, west of Christchurch,
which is believed to have been caused by
power lines sparking in high winds.
But the 40ha blaze was too dangerous
to reach in a remote area at the foothills
of the Southern Alps in darkness and
firefighters had to wait for first light.
“That fire has burned uncontained
simply because there’s no access to it,”
Mr Norris said.
“ We did evacuate people from one bach
just as a safety precaution.”
He said it was not being treated as
Selwyn District Council deputy
principal rural fire officer Douglas
Marshall said it was believed power lines
crossing each other in the “ blustery”
wind had caused the blaze.
About 30ha of scrub and another 5ha
of pine trees and a wood shed were
destroyed in the fire, he said.
“ What was challenging here was that
the fire was reported at 4.15 this morning
so it wasn’t safe to put firefighters either
on the ground or into the air due to the
darkness and the heavy winds that were
“The plus side was that it allowed
the fire to burn down to an area where
we could then attack it and contain
it reasonably easily, and do so in a safe
manner.” — NZME
The Government says a new plan
to lure migrants away from Auckland
will boost regional economies,
but admits it will do little to ease
Auckland’s housing pressures.
From November, skilled migrants
and entrepreneurs will get incentives
through the immigration points
system to settle in the regions.
announcing the policy at the National
Party’s annual conference, said:
“There’s no question that for some
people, they will now look at what ’s
on offer in New Zealand and they
will say it’s an easier pathway if I want
to go to the regions than if I want to
park myself in Auckland.”
Half of the 10,000 skilled migrants
who moved to New Zealand each
year settled in Auckland, and the
Government wanted to balance out
the figures and create more jobs
outside the big centres.
Immigration Minister Michael
Woodhouse said the disproportionate
number of migrants in Auckland was
creating challenges to infrastructure.
“At the same time, business owners
in other parts of New Zealand often
struggle to find enough skilled
workers to meet their demands,” he
Statistics New Zealand’s latest
annual permanent and long-term
migration figures showed a record net
gain of 58,300 migrants in the year to
June, nearly half of whom settled in
The rate of house construction in
the city was currently around 8000
homes a year.
Mr Key was unsure how many
migrants would settle outside
Auckland as a result of the policy.
He warned that the changes would
not relieve Auckland’s residential
“ I think in reality that Auckland is
still a very attractive destination,” he
“ We’re not making it harder to come
to Auckland, we’re making it more
attractive for people to go around the
“ I don’t think it will have a dramatic
impact but I think, in the end, the way
to resolve the Auckland housing issue
is through supply.”
Migrants who gained residency
under the new points system would
be required to live in the regions for at
least a year — longer than the current
requirement of three months.
Mr Woodhouse conceded that the
Government could not force people
to stay outside Auckland permanently.
“ We can’t capture and keep them
there,” he said.
But he said that he did not expect “a
flood of people back north” once their
minimum time had expired.
The changes. —
Bonus points for residency
applications raised from 10 points to
30 points for skilled migrants who
settle outside Auckland.
Bonus points raised from 20
points to 40 points for entrepreneurs
planning to settle outside Auckland.
Labour market test for migrants
streamlined to give employers more
Six hundred long-term migrants
on temporary visas in the South
Island given pathway to residence.
New “global impact visa” to
encourage young tech entrepreneurs.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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Push to get migrants in regions
A flight instructor’s quick-
thinking was credited with
preventing tragedy when the
plane he and a trainee pilot were
flying suffered engine trouble
shortly after take-off.
A farmer rushed to help the
pair when the plane ploughed
into farmland on the banks
of the Clutha River after the
flight instructor attempted an
emergency landing about 2.15pm
The pair remained in Dunedin
Taieri-Clutha area response
manager senior sergeant Alastair
Dickie said the crash nearly
resulted in tragedy with the
plane coming to rest near a flood
“ He (the flight instructor) did a
pretty good job,” Mr Dickie said.
“They could have hit the flood
bank and that would have been
curtains for them.”
The flight instructor, 48, and the
trainee pilot, 46, were taken to
Dunedin Hospital by helicopter
with the younger man suffering
suspected spinal injuries and
the instructor a broken arm.
Neither man’s injuries were life-
The Civil Aviation Authority
is investigating the cause of the
crash and the plane is stored at
the Balclutha Aerodrome.
The trainee pilot — who
owns the plane — was at the
controls when the engine began
The instructor took the
controls and attempted an
emergency landing on what he
believed was a “suitable area” on
Inch Clutha, across the Clutha
River from the airport, Mr
“Fortunately, they dug into
the ground and the plane spun
around before they reached the
flood bank,” Mr Dickie said.
Both men were out of the plane
when emergency ser vices arrived
and were being assisted by a local
The instructor was “walking
around with a broken arm”
and cuts to his face, and the
trainee was lying on the ground
Emergency ser vices initially
went to the airport, but quickly
ascertained the plane had crashed
on the other side of the Clutha
River, which runs along the end
of the runway.
The pair flew into Balclutha
from the Taieri and were
attempting a flight to Mandeville,
Balclutha police, the Balclutha
Volunteer Fire Brigade, and St
John paramedics attended the
A Dunedin Hospital spokesman
said the pair were progressing
favourably in a general ward
yesterday. — Otago Daily Times
Quick-thinking instructor prevents tragedy
PICTURE: NZ Police-Otago Daily Times
Foam covers the wreckage of a light aircraft which had engine trouble shortly after taking off from
DHBs rev iew
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
says he has not yet read a review that
outlines plans to overhaul the governance
of district health boards.
A leaked document shows the
Government plans a major overhaul to
the governance of district health boards,
possibly requiring new legislation.
The document is part of a series of
reviews of the health sector put in place
when new Director-General of Health
Chai Chuah was confirmed in the role
permanently in March.
The proposal would remove the control
of DHBs from elected representatives,
but Mr Coleman told Radio New
Zealand’s Morning Report it was a third
party report and not yet government
“ I’d have to consider it in a wider
context, but changes to DHB governance
are not top of my list. I think it’s pretty
He said democracy was important
around the running of DHBs.
At present most DHBs have 11
members, seven elected at local
government elections and four appointed
by the Minister of Health.
The proposed changes include reducing
the number of board members to nine
six of which would be appointed by
The remaining three members would
be drawn from a new community
advisory board, but would only spend six
month terms on the actual board.
The leaked document also shows the
Director-General of Health would
be involved in setting the criteria for
part of the incentive chief executives
get paid, and in assessing whether the
chief executives get paid that part of the
Under the Public Health and Disability
Act, the terms and conditions of the
appointment of a chief executive are set
by the board, and cannot be finalised
without the consent from State Ser vices
Mr Chuah said a decision to overhaul
the governance of DHBs has not been
made and the proposal is just part of a
He said the reviews were for his
consideration and no decision has been
made on the recommendations.
Labour health spokeswoman Annette
King told Radio NZ the move was a
major push to centralise the control
of health into the Director-General’s
She said the Government was trying
to sneak through changes to the health
system and she did not believe that the
report had not been seen by the minister.
“The recommendations, apart from
reducing the size of district health
boards, are also looking to get rid of
some of the structures that are in place
like the National Health Board and so
“The bigger concern to me is this is a
very sneaky move to take away democracy
from district health boards by having
the majority of members appointed by
the minister, so the minister’s stooges
become those that make the decisions
in the community, and not the majority
community members as it now is.”
She said it would be a major change to
the way things were run, and therefore
should have been put to the public.
Political commentator Colin James
said the move in effect really made
the six minister-appointed members
“The board becomes in effect a
commission, with a token local
representation, except to the extent that
some of the appointees obviously would
be local, they ’d still be at the minister’s
bidding, so this would be quite intrusive
and it would be quite a big step to drive
through what the Government wants
done by the boards. ”
It is likely that should the changes go
ahead they would require a change to the
law. — NZN
Report not policy: Coleman
Prime Minister John Key says
signing up to the Trans Pacific
Government from banning house
sales to non-residents, but alternative
measures, including a stamp duty or
land tax, could still be introduced.
Mr Key also attacked the Labour’s
Party “confused” stance on the
Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
yesterday, saying the party no longer
knew what it stood for and its
caucus appeared to be split on the
Labour announced its position on
the TPP last week, saying it would
only support the deal if several
conditions were met, including a ban
on foreign purchases of residential
Mr Key said if New Zealand signed
the TPP it would not be able to ban
foreigners such as American director
James Cameron from buying more
property. Even if it was possible, Mr
Key said, there was no appetite for it.
“ I don’t want to ban foreigners from
buying residential property,” he told
TVNZ’s Q andA.
“ I don’t think that ’s actually good
public policy that works.
“And actually, around New Zealand,
there would be a whole lot of people
who’d say, ‘I don’t want to stop
an Australian buying a house in
But he said the Government would
need “tools in the toolbox”, and these
could include land taxes on non-
He would also not rule out a stamp
duty, which is a set surcharge on
purchases by non-residents, which is
used in Britain and parts of Australia.
Mr Key said he thought these
measures would be possible under
the TPP, though the deal had not yet
The Prime Minister also took
a shot at Labour’s policy on the
controversial trade deal, saying it was
“trying to navigate a pathway of a
deeply divided caucus”.
Labour leader Andrew Little said
the party’s TPP policy “had been the
subject of discussion by caucus” and
the final position had been agreed to
by all members.
“ We’re a party that supports free
trade. We have considerable concerns
about the TPP. So none of that is
“There are plenty of free-traders
don’t support is an agreement that
goes beyond just market access and
has the potential to interfere with our
Labour’s other conditions for
supporting the TPP were the
protection of Pharmac, meaningful
gains for farmers in reduced tariffs
and market access, a guarantee
the Treaty of Waitangi would be
upheld and that the Government
would still be able to legislate in the
public interest and not be sued by
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
TPP may block overseas house sale ban
Bodies in avalanche debris
Police have confirmed a second body has been
found by the search party on the hunt for two
missing Canadian tourists in the South Island.
The discovery follows the location of the body
of a male in a field of avalanche debris late
Sergeant Ian Martin, of Te Anau police, said
the body was found in a similar location to the
first, which was found during an aerial search in
an area between the Hanging Valley Hut and
the Iris Burn Hut in Fiordland National Park.
Mr Martin said police were currently working
on passing on information about the discovery
to authorities and family members in Canada.
The first body was found about 350m below
the Kepler Track, which Louis-Vincent Lessard
and Etienne Lemieux, the two 23-year-old
Canadians, had signalled they intended to walk.
The police said late last night that they had
told the families of the two men of the discovery.
The pair travelled to Te Anau from
Queenstown on an Intercity bus on July
7, arriving about 9.45am. Family members
reported them overdue on Saturday after they
missed travel connections out of New Zealand.
Search and rescue squads and the Queenstown
police CIB were both involved in the search.
According to a Facebook page set up to
raise awareness of the missing tourists, they
were industrial design students at Montreal
A photo on the page, said to be one of the last
taken of the pair, showed Lessard and Lemieux
on July 6 in Q ueenstown eating a burger from
the resort town’s famous Fergburger burger bar.
Anne-Marie Bisson posted on her own
Facebook page that it was her brother-in-
law and his friend who were missing. She
encouraged people to share pictures of the men
with locals in the area.
Meanwhile, Martine Clouette said Lemieux
was the friend of her son and their best soccer
goalkeeper. She prayed for the men’s safe return.
Vanessa Rouillard-Philippe posted on the
page and also said her prayers were with the
Monique Lessard thanked people for their
encouragement and asked everyone to share the
information and pictures in large numbers.
Lessard’s co-worker Dominic Denault Pilon,
who works at Montreal outdoor gear shop Le
Boutique Yeti, said the man had purchased
some mountaineering equipment ahead of his
trip, CBC reported.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Serco may face loss of
contract, says Key
Prime Minister John Key says Serco could be
in line to completely lose its contract at Mount
Eden prison, if its management of the facility is
The Government is stepping in to take over
management of the prison today.
Serco staff will remain on site but a
Corrections Department prison director and
team will oversee the prison.
The Prime Minister told TV3’s Paul Henry
programme today the Government did have
the power to cancel Serco’s contract and it
would “absolutely” take that measure if an
investigation found “they can’t do their job”.
The privately-run prison hit headlines this
month after revelations of fight clubs, under-
staffing, and inmates with drugs and homemade
alcohol surfaced with shocking footage filmed
on contraband cellphones.
It has sparked a multi-agency investigation.
Responding to questioning that it could
be difficult to cancel the contract with Serco,
Mr Key said: “I don’t think they ’re (Serco)
enormously powerful, you’ve got to honour the
contract and things are always relative.
“The broad legal advice I have without delving
too much into it is, ‘Yes, you can cancel the
contract.’ There’s a range of options available if
they can’t do their job.”
He denied that Serco hung Corrections
Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga out to dry
but said “one day, maybe” when asked if he
would give former Corrections Minister Judith
Collins a call.
Mr Key said it would have been a “difficult
time” for Mr Lotu-Iiga.
“ My major concern would be are (Serco)
keeping the Ministry of Corrections informed?
“ I do (think Lotu-Iiga did a good job) but he
can only work on the information he’s got.
“ He hasn’t sat there and done nothing but the
question always always is when these things get
momentum of their own sometimes they’re just
a difficult time. ”
The Corrections investigations will be
completed by the end of August and phase two
by the end of September. — NZ ME
‘ Witch doctor’
Allegations south Auckland is rife with
witch doctors preying on vulnerable
people have prompted a stern warning
from immigration officials.
An Immigration New Zealand
spokeswoman said today they had
identified several individuals who
appeared to be involved in the activity
of requesting large sums of money from
people in exchange for prayers made on
The “healers” promise financial and
relationship success in exchange for sums
that reach into the thousands.
It is believed the small businesses are a
network of individuals who are often in
New Zealand on working visas and move
around to avoid being caught.
Immigration New Zealand today issued
a severe warning to the perpetrators,
saying anyone receiving payment for this
type of activity was in breach of their
visa conditions, whether they were on a
visitor or temporary work visa.
“ We would strongly encourage people
not to be taken in by anyone offering
these types of ser vices — they cannot
help you, all they are interested in is their
own financial gain.”
Auckland community leader Pratima
Nand said the witch doctors should not
be operating in the community.
“They are here to suck money out of
people. They are leaving people in a very
devastated state — suffering mentally,
psychologically after losing large sums of
money,” she said. — NZ M E
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