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Pedestrian hit by train
One person died after being hit by
a train in the south Auckland suburb
of Takanini last night. Police said the
person was struck “in the vicinity”
of the Walters Road rail crossing
shortly before 8pm. The pedestrian
was struck by a southbound train. No
further details were available.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A motorcyclist was killed in a
collision with a truck in Waikato last
evening. Emergency ser vices were
called to the scene of the crash on
State Highway 27 near Matamata,
police said in a statement issued
about 9.20pm. The Waikato police
serious crash unit and commercial
vehicle investigation unit will
investigate. — N Z ME
Child found dead
A young child has been found dead
in a suburban house in Auckland.
Police were called to the Moana
Avenue, Onehunga, address about
4am today. An ambulance took one
person from the scene shortly after
police arrived, police said. It was not
immediately clear what this person’s
relationship to the child was. Police
were trying to find the child’s next
of kin and would conduct a scene
examination today, a spokeswoman
said. The Fire Ser vice received a call
about 4.10am to what was thought
to be a medical incident at a house
near the intersection with Taiere
Terrace. Neighbour Avia Amosa said
a “stay-at-home mum” originally
from Singapore lived there with her
daughter. He said the girl went to
kindergarten every day. — NZME
Strip club fire
A fire broke out at a building
housing a strip club overnight.
About 35 firefighters and nine
appliances were called to the fire
immediately above Showgirls strip
club in downtown Auckland. The
Fire Ser vice said it received a call
about the blaze in Customs Street
East at 12.30am. There were no
reports of injuries. A fire investigator
was still at the scene this morning.
Fire victim named
Police have identified the man who
died in a Panmure apartment fire on
Wednesday. He was 57-year-old Peter
Vincent David Harrison, who lived at
the Q ueens Road property. Seven fire
trucks and 20 firefighters were called
to the apartment block at 1.39pm.
Experts were on site examining the
scene for clues yesterday and a post-
mortem examination of Mr Harrison
determined he died as a result of the
fire. — NZME
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42, 47, 50, 55, 57, 61, 64, 66, 69, 72, 76.
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75, 77. Draw No 11519: 3, 4, 9, 12, 16,
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57, 67, 74, 75.
Sex offender left suicide note
A man died after a car left the road in
Pukekohe just before 7am today.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
crash at the intersection of Harrisville
and Turbott Roads at 6.55am but were
unable to save the man who died at the
scene shortly after wards.
Diversions were in place around
the crash site and traffic was flowing
smoothly, police said. The serious crash
unit was investigating.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Car crash fatal
A man who collapsed and died after
being handcuffed this week has been
He was 55-year-old Riko Ahomiro,
from Te Puke in the western Bay of
Police were carrying out a search
warrant at a Te Puke property on
Wednesday morning when Mr Ahomiro
collapsed after being handcuffed and
Earlier this week, a police spokeswoman
said a firearm was seen at the property
so the man at the property was put in
handcuffs for the safety of police officers
carrying out the search.
“Although the man appeared verbally
agitated, there was no physical struggle,”
the spokeswoman said.
Shortly after being handcuffed, Mr
Ahomiro collapsed due to an apparent
A coroner will investigate Mr
An Independent Police Conduct
Authority investigation would also be
carried out. — NZ ME
Man who died
Police are still hunting sex offender
Daniel Livingstone and have asked
his associates to contact authorities
after the convicted child rapist went
on the run yesterday.
Livingstone was living in Upper
Hutt after his release from jail last
year for the abduction and rape of
a 10-year-old girl in Whangarei in
His electronic monitoring bracelet
had been tampered with and police
found it when they went to the
Detective Inspector Grant Wormald
said police were aware of who
Livingstone had visited while he had
the bracelet on.
“ We’re certainly working through
a number of addresses, a number of
people that we know that he’s been
in contact with. We’d certainly call on
anybody who has heard from him, or
received a text from him, or anything
along those lines just to let us know
that he’s out and about.”
Livingstone was described as 175cm
tall, Maori and of medium build.
It is thought he might have two
suitcases with him.
He was on an extended super vision
order, or ESO, which was an order
for offenders who had completed jail
sentence and were considered to pose
an ongoing risk of committing child
sex offences. They were for offenders
who legally could not be kept in
prison any longer.
The sex offender left a suicide
note before going on the run, police
confirmed this morning.
Mr Wormald also told Radio New
Zealand there had been potential
sightings of the fugitive in Whangarei,
Palmerston North, and Wellington
but Livingstone remained at large.
Livingstone’s victim had been told
of his escape, Mr Wormald said.
relatives and his past contacts, he said.
Parents and caregivers should be
“particularly vigilant ” around schools,
Mr Wormald said.
Worried Hutt Valley residents voiced
their concerns about Livingstone on
“My babies go to primary here and
the thought of that f—wit being
in upper Hutt not only makes me
furious but scared as a mum,” one
wrote on Facebook.
Livingstone was potentially in “a
bad place at the moment and could
do harm”, Mr Wormald said.
Mr Wormald said a letter found
in Livingstone’s flat may hold some
clues. It was a concerning letter, he
said, in which Livingstone wrote
Labour’s police and corrections
spokesman, Kelvin Davis, said the
seven hour head-start Livingstone
had before the alert was raised was
“There should be some prisoners
who have some sort of extra alert
attached to their names. I know a guy
who was on home detention with a
bracelet because of some petty things;
if there was an hour delay if there was
an alert on his bracelet I wouldn’t be
“ But for some guy who has raped
a kid and has shown no signs of
rehabilitation, and the reports say he
is a danger to the community, surely
to goodness, when there is an alert
around that guy, people swing into
On Monday Corrections Minister
Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga met with
cabinet and discussed what form a
review into Corrections’ monitoring
of Tony Robertson, who murdered
Blessie Gotingco, might take.
Mr Lotu-Iiga — who has been
asked for an inter view or statement
on the Livingstone case — has said
he believed Corrections’ monitoring
of Robertson had been sound, but
he wanted a review to assure Mrs
Gotingco’s family and the wider
Asked if that review should be
widened to look at how monitoring is
carried out on all offenders, Mr Davis
said waiting months for another
review to be completed was not good
Instead, the minister should have
already put in place interim measures,
such as making sure the very worst
offenders under monitoring would
warrant an immediate response.
“Police and Corrections I think
have dropped the ball. This guy is
a red-alert case . . . the first thing I
would say if I was the minister is,
‘L et ’s identify the red-alert guys on
GPS, and if there is any sign of an
alert coming out there needs to be a
presence of their front door within 15
minutes’.” — NZME
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The woman who gave birth
on the side of an Auckland
motor way has met up with
the cop who played midwife,
ensuring the safe delivery of her
Shanelle Curtis, 19, went into
labour five days before her due
date last month.
When her contractions became
closer together, she left her
Otahuhu home with her mother
and her sister and headed for the
Auckland City Hospital where
her midwife was waiting.
Ms Curtis said that, as they
neared the Mount Wellington
exit, she knew she was not going
to make the hospital.
The situation was getting frantic
and Ms Curtis’s sister spotted a
police car and flagged the driver
Constable Errol Diprose pulled
over and immediately got on his
radio to call for an ambulance.
But he knew there was no time
and ended up delivering the
baby — a healthy boy named
Yesterday Ms Curtis and her
partner Tangi Roi introduced
Xarien to Mr Diprose.
The new family thanked Mr
Diprose for helping out, and
making sure Xarien’s dramatic
arrival went smoothly.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Roadside assistance recalled
Constable Errol Diprose met with Shanelle Curtis and Xarien.
PICTURE: Mena Bassily
The partially-submerged BMW in Wellington Harbour this morning.
Children pulled from sinking car
A frantic father rescued his two
children from a submerging car that
rolled down a driveway and into
Wellington Harbour this morning.
Two children were in the BMW
when it rolled across Evans Bay
Parade, through a wooden barrier and
into the sea about 7am.
The youngest child, aged five, was
strapped into a car seat in the back
and the other, aged 11, was belted in.
Road policing officer Rick Lawrie
said it looked like the car’s hand brake
was left off.
The children’s father saw what
happened and helped them to safety
although Mr Lawrie was not exactly
sure how they got out of the car.
“ He was running after the car. It just
got away from him,” Mr Lawrie said.
“(The children) were in the car in the
“They were fine. I’m not even sure
how wet they got to be honest.”
Police divers put straps around the
car that has now been fished out of
the harbour and taken away.
Police were investigating.
Witness Mena Bassily described
how he heard screaming when he
“ I live just across the road. I woke
up at 7am and heard screaming, and
looked out the window and there was
this car in the water,” he said.
“I got back in to call the cops.”
A neighbour who went to help the
car occupants told him there were
children in the vehicle, he said.
Police told Mr Bassily the car’s hand
brake failed before it plunged into the
Eyewitness Rod Lamberth saw two
children and a man climbing up from
the water shortly after the accident.
“I was pretty much the first one
there. My partner was just getting
ready for work and she heard a crash.
She looked out the window and the
car was floating. I jumped out of bed,
chucked my gumboots on . . . by the
time I got there they were starting to
climb up the rocks.”
The children and a man, who looked
to be in his 40s, were staying in a
nearby house, he said.
The trio were at a house with a
sloping driveway, Mr Lamberth said.
An apparent hand brake failure caused
the black BMW saloon to roll back,
smashing through a fence and going
into the water.
The car drifted in the cold water
for about 30 to 45 seconds before the
occupants were seen clambering up
the seawall, he said.
“The kids were a bit shocked, but
The car was probably written off, and
saltwater would have ruined it, he said.
“The car will be toast.” — NZME
A school with classrooms labelled
“the worst in New Zealand”
has been granted a $14 million
redevelopment after a wait of more
than five years.
Buildings at Northland College, a
decile one school in Kaikohe, were
so dilapidated the police had asked
to use them for training simulations
because they were similar to a
“ghetto environment ”, principal
Jim Luders said.
The school was deemed an urgent
case by the Education Review
Office in 2012, with a report
labelling the buildings inadequate,
unacceptable and “no longer safe”.
However, a subsequent report
from May this year found little
had been done in three years to
address the issues, aside from some
buildings being knocked down.
It was reported in June on the
situation at the school, with
school leaders saying they and the
community were frustrated at the
wait and the uncertainty around
Today, Associate Education
Minister Nikki Kaye travelled
to the school to announce the
redevelopment, which will cost up
to $14m and will essentially be a
She said she believed in the
community and the announcement
affirmed a strong commitment
to invest in young people in
Design work was well under way
and construction would start in
early 2016, she said.
“This is the culmination of a
complex planning and consultation
process involving the ministry,
the school and the community,
particularly over the last 18
months,” Ms Kaye said.
As with any redevelopment of this
scale and complexity, it had been
necessary to follow proper process,
Ms Kaye said. This would ensure
good design and quality buildings
that would meet the school’s vision,
now and in the future, she said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
$14m rebuild for ‘ghetto’ school
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
Northland College principal Jim Luders has compared the
classrooms to a “ghetto environment ”.
Fire victims farewelled
A moving ser vice last night farewelled
three happy, hard-working and generous
members of a Nepalese family who had
moved to New Zealand for a better life
but perished in a horror house fire on
Tej Kafle, 49, wife Tika, 38, and
youngest of four children, eight-year-old
Prem, died in the blaze that engulfed the
five-bedroom flat above their Everest
Indian Restaurant in Waimate about
Sisters Tulsi, 24, Manisha, 17, and
Mamata, 11, who all sleep in the same
room, woke to the fire and tried to rescue
their parents and younger brother but
were beaten back by smoke and flames.
They managed to escape by smashing
a window and yesterday told how they
fought in vain to save their loved ones.
The parents and son were last night
farewelled in front of more than 100
family and friends at Palmer Funeral
Ser vices in the Christchurch suburb of
Mourners placed colourful flowers on
top of the three wooden coffins.
Three lit candles represented the lives
lost and incense burned as the three
orphaned and distraught daughters and
grandparents, who had been visiting
from Nepal, were consoled by friends
Speakers in both English and Nepalese
spoke of the close family who had
become well-known and well-loved in
the small, tight-knit South Canterbury
community of Waimate.
Local Mayor Craig Rowley said their
deaths have been “a huge loss, not just
for you, but for our community”.
Adam Rivett, principal of Waimate
Main School where Prem attended with
his sister Mamata, fought back tears
when he spoke of how the deaths had
affected his school.
Five staff and five students attended
the Hindu ser vice, but Prem had been
such a huge part of the school that Mr
Rivett said he “could easily have come
with all our school”.
He told Mamata the school misses her
and the staff and children are “thinking
of you all the time”.
Waimate High School principal
Janette Packman spoke of the “real shock
and deep sadness” which has affected the
She wanted Manisha to know that
the school has reached out to her for
whenever she was ready.
Waimate resident Bob Rogers said he
met the Kafle family 12 months ago.
They often visited him, with Mr and
Mrs Kafle growing vegetables in his
garden, and the children tending flowers.
He described the eldest sister, Tulsi as
a “very special person” and a “wise young
lady” who has been working hard to fulfil
her dream of becoming a nurse.
Mr Rogers vowed to continue
supporting the girls and said he, and
others, would ensure that Tulsi lives out
Family friend Bishnu Pokhrel told how
Mr Kafle, the eldest of four brothers and
a sister, had married Tika 25 years ago.
He spent many years working abroad
in Delhi and Holland as a chef before he
travelled to New Zealand in 2007.
He first worked in Greymouth, before
Auckland and Christchurch, finally
settling in Waimate where he set up his
own restaurant 18 months ago.
The rest of his family followed him out
from Nepal and they set up a happy new
life, the ser vice heard.
His closest Nepalese friend in New
Zealand, Gokul Bhandari, who lives in
Twizel, told how Mr Kafle had said just
days before the fatal fire that he had been
wanting to move his family’s residence
away from above the restaurant to
The girls say they have an uncertain
future. They do not know whether they
will stay in New Zealand or return to
Nepal. “ We have no idea at the moment,”
Tulsi said. — NZME
Police are moving into the second phase
of a homicide investigation after a man’s
body was found outside a Manawatu
block of units yesterday.
Police were called to the Taieri Court
units in Palmerston North at 7.30am
after a member of the public discovered
The death is being treated as suspicious.
The body was removed from the
scene late yesterday afternoon and a
post-mortem examination would be
conducted at Wellington Hospital today,
detective sergeant Craig Sheridan said.
Police were not in a position to confirm
the dead man’s identity but “progress is
being made” so the man’s family could
be informed as soon as possible, Mr
Sheridan said. — NZ ME
Big blaze at dump
A massive fire at a Christchurch rubble
dump could burn for the next three days.
A stockpile, made up of wood processed
from earthquake-damaged red zone
homes, has been engulfed in flames since
the fire started around midday yesterday
at the Bur wood Resource Recovery Park.
A Bur wood Resource spokesman said
that while the blaze, 200m long and
100m wide, is under control, it would not
be easy to put out, especially with today ’s
The stockpile was destined to be re-
used for future building work in the city.
Navy base bomb scare
A bomb scare at the Devonport Naval
Base saw roads cordoned off today.
However, emergency ser vices were
stood down about 10am.
Huia Street in Devonport, near the
naval base, was cordoned off.
A suspicious package caused alarm,
a Defence Force spokeswoman said,
but the owner of the package was then
located and the situation resolved.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Aucklanders snapping up out-of-
town property unseen as they find
themselves priced out of the city’s
inflated market have prompted
warnings about the hidden dangers
of not getting expert checks.
Real Estate Institute chief
executive Colleen Milne said
due diligence — an information-
protection — could save buying a
house with defects or that did not
Auckland-based Home Inspec-
tions owner and builder John
Dedden said he was aware of many
homebuyers who were skipping
a builder’s report, and this posed
great risk for buyers.
Mr Dedden recently conducted
an inspection for a homeowner
who did not get a report before
they bought their house. It revealed
a litany of problems that he said
were probably present before the
“People think they are going to
save money but in the long term
it could cost many more thousands
to rectify anything,” Mr Dedden
Mortgage Link broker Stuart
Wills said his clients usually
completed due diligence, but he
had heard of people buying houses
He said buyers needed to take
some responsibility themselves.
“Realistically, they need to seek
legal advice, seek advice on property
and get a builder’s report. ”
ASB Bank head of home lending
Vince Clark said buying a home
was a big commitment, so ensuring
the property met expectations was
“It is therefore
important for customers to conduct
proper due diligence by using the
appropriate professional advisers
to identify any issues before
committing to a contract. ”
Hidden dangers in buying
property without due diligence
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