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Christchurch rape arrest
A man will appear in court today
after a teenager was raped at a
suburban Christchurch home. Police
have launched an investigation after
the sexual assault in Linwood on
Tuesday night. Detective sergeant
Geoff Rudduck said police and
Victim Support were working
with the teenage victim and her
immediate family. A 33-year-old man
was arrested late last night. He was
due to appear in the Christchurch
District Court today charged with
burglary and rape. — NZME
Smoke alarms save family
Smoke alarms alerted a family to a
fire in their Canterbury home early
today. Two fire trucks were called to
the scene of the blaze on Matthew
Street, in Kaiapoi, about 4.50am,
southern fire communications shift
manager Tim Reynolds said. He said
the fire had started in the ceiling.
No one was injured in the fire,
which had since been brought under
control. — NZ ME
Crash victim named
Police have named the woman killed
in a crash in South Canterbury on
Monday. She was 55-year-old Bevron
Cherald Sinclair, from Timaru. Her
death has been referred to the coroner.
The crash happened at Rangitata on
State highway 1 between Ashburton
and Timaru just after 6am on
Monday. Ms Sinclair’s south-bound
Suzuki Swift collided with a north-
bound Ford Ranger. The other car’s
driver was taken to Timaru Hospital
and later discharged. — N ZN
Police have confirmed a woman was
sexually assaulted over the weekend
when a couple were “disturbed”
in their bedroom. The incident
happened about 3am on Sunday
at a Gladstone Road property in
Richmond, near Nelson. Detective
senior sergeant Craig Johnston
said officers were concentrating on
finding the offender. — NZ M E
Seismologists have downgraded a
strong quake that rocked the Solomon
Islands today. The United States
Geological Survey initially measured
the 5km-deep quake, which struck
at 6.49am NZT, as a magnitude 6.8
tremor. However, it was downgraded
a short time later to 6.4. The quake
struck about 221km west of the
capital Honiara. — NZME
Big Wednesday draw
There was no division one winner
in Big Wednesday draw No 512 last
night. Successful numbers were 6, 7,
19, 32, 35, 44; coin toss, heads.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11540:
5, 11, 12, 18, 24, 29, 30, 31, 40, 41, 47,
50, 57, 59, 63, 64, 69, 70, 79, 80. Draw
No 11541: 1, 6, 8, 11, 14, 20, 21, 28, 31,
39, 46, 47, 50, 55, 57, 58, 62, 70, 73, 76.
Draw No 11542: 1, 2, 7, 12, 15, 18, 23,
27, 29, 39, 46, 48, 52, 57, 65, 67, 68, 74,
75, 79. Draw No 11543: 1, 8, 10, 18,
29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 39, 43, 46, 49, 50, 65,
68, 69, 73, 78, 80.
New Zealander on Isis hit list
A young child has been hit by a car in
Newtown this morning.
An ambulance spokesman said the
child was taken to Wellington Hospital
with minor injuries, Newstalk ZB
reported. The incident happened on the
corner of Constable and Daniell streets
about 8.30am. — NZ ME
Child hit by car
An Oamaru woman killed in a collision
at Alma on Tuesday afternoon has been
named as Leilani Greene, 55.
Mrs Greene was a caregiver to two
boys and was returning to Oamaru from
Totara School where she had picked up
one of them.
Sergeant Craig Sew Hoy said the
family was upset and did not want to talk
to media at this time.
“They are fully committed to coping
with the tragedy within the family,” he
The crash occurred on State highway 1
at Alma, outside the Alma Motels, about
3.30pm, when the Mazda car travelling
north and a truck and trailer unit
travelling south collided.
The right front of the truck was
damaged and its driver shocked. He was
taken to Oamaru Hospital for treatment
of minor injuries.
The 13-year-old boy in the car was
seriously injured and flown to Dunedin
Hospital. He has improved and was in a
stable condition yesterday.
Mr Sew Hoy said he did not have
details of the boy’s injuries.
— Otago Daily Times
An Aucklander is on a “kill list ”
published by Islamic State fighters
who claim to have hacked the
computers of United States military
The list, which was published on
social media, is mostly of American
soldiers and officials.
It includes contact details for the
The New Zealander’s father said the
development was alarming. His child
had no connection to any military
group and he could not understand
why their name was listed.
Some of the details published on
the website were inaccurate or at
least five years old.
“It’s irresponsible, totally. It’s one
thing to hack, but to simply spread
the information without any concern
whatsoever for the accuracy of the
list is totally irresponsible,” the
Asked if the family had any military
ties, the father said he had worked
for the New Zealand Defence Force
in a non-combat capacity.
“But that has no connection to the
Islamic State or serving in a combat
role overseas,” he said. “It doesn’t make
sense. There’s really no connection
between the number that ’s appeared
and my time in the Defence Forces.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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A group of misunderstood
daredevils want Dunedin
residents to get their drift.
Dunedin Drift Triking member
Luke Millard said the sport had
been getting a “bad rap” despite
its riders priding themselves on
sharing roads safely with motorists.
“ We’re not breaking any laws.”
The riders stayed in their lane
and kept to the speed limit, Mr
Safety measures included having
cars leading and trailing the pack
with hazard lights flashing.
Riders wore gloves and full-face
“ Because when you come off it
boos. I’ve skinned my back end,”
Mr Millard said.
In April, the Dunedin riders
hosted Slide Christchurch
members, who drove their trikes
down Baldwin Street.
A video of the feat had gained
nearly 1.3 million views on You
“Their video went crazy after we
took them up there,” Mr Millard
The video attracted some
negative comments, some
deeming the stunt as dangerous.
Mr Millard said he hoped the
video would not tarnish the
Dunedin riders reputation and
attract police attention. “ That ’s
not what we are after.”
The D unedin group’s founder,
Simon Little, said they wanted to
keep their activities legitimate.
Baldwin Street was “a bucket
list ” ride, and riders needed to
pick a road to match their skill
level, he said.
“It can be dodgy if you jump on
and hope for the best.”
The club had 11 members, aged
between 18 and 31, and included
two female riders.
An entry level trike cost about
$100 and modified trikes cost
Southern District road policing
manager Inspector Tania Baron
said drift trike users must operate
safely and responsibly, and follow
the road rules.
“ Police’s general focus is
on driver behaviour, which is
assessed on a case-by-case basis
and judged on the circumstances
at the time.”
— Otago Daily Times
Road daredevils seek respect
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Dunedin Drift Triking member Rob Montgomery leads riders to Bracken View lookout, near the
Northern Cemetery, in Dunedin.
A University of Otago research
discovery has shed new light on links
between diabetes and heart disease and
could help “greatly decrease” the impact
of New Zealand’s growing diabetes
Otago University researchers, led by
Dr Rajesh Katare, a senior lecturer in
the Otago physiology department, have
discovered why heart disease is the
leading killer of people with diabetes.
It had been estimated in the United
States that cardiovascular complications
resulted in the death of at least 60% of
people with diabetes.
The Otago breakthrough finding
opened the way for potential new
treatments to combat the disease in
diabetic patients by targeting a key
protein in diabetic heart cells, called
Beclin-1, the researchers say.
The Ministry of Health says more than
240,000 New Zealanders have been
diagnosed with diabetes, mostly type 2,
but it is believed another 100,000 people
also have it but do not know.
“Given that the growing diabetes
epidemic is set to create major global
economic and social costs in coming
decades, it is very exciting to have
opened up a new research avenue that
could greatly decrease the disease’s
burden,” Dr Katare said.
Why diabetes proved so damaging to
heart health had long remained a mystery,
but the Otago study, published in the
International Journal of Cardiology,
identified harmful molecular changes
in the cells of diabetic hearts that began
before cardiovascular symptoms even
Using a mouse model for type 2
diabetes, the most common form of
diabetes, the researchers found that a
normal cell process called autophagy was
not well controlled in diabetic hearts.
controlled digestion of damaged
organelles within a cell.
But researchers found that a marked
increase in autophagy led to progressive
loss of cardiac cells.
This would cause cardiac dysfunction
to develop, with heart failure ensuing,
Otago researchers also identified that
diabetes increased autophagy through
activation of the Beclin-1 protein.
This protein presented “an extremely
promising target for new treatments
of diabetes-related cardiac disease”, he
The research “makes me feel very
proud”, and its potential for developing a
new blood marker to indirectly monitor
Beclin-1 levels was “very exciting”.
Indian-born Dr Katare said he had
been partly inspired to undertake
research in this field by the sudden death
of his father, who had diabetes, in 2008.
“ When you start doing the research
you always want to save as many people
(as you can),” he said in an inter view.
He was optimistic about future
research prospects in this field, including
finding a non-invasive, accurate way of
determining Beclin-1 activity levels in
the heart, by analysing levels of a micro-
RNA, a small molecule, in the human
Doctors and patients would benefit
from doctors being able to determine
levels of the protein in the diabetic
heart, and this could help provide early
warning of heart health risks, and could
help doctors refine treatment options, he
The Otago team was able to confirm its
laboratory-based results about autophagy
by collaborating with cardiothoracic
surgeons at Dunedin Hospital to collect
and study heart tissue samples from
coronary bypass patients. The researchers
matched about 35 such diabetic patients
with comparable non-diabetic ones.
Analysis revealed markedly increased
autophagy in the diabetic patients’ heart
tissues compared with the non-diabetic
ones. — Otago Daily Times
Serious injuries to prisoners are
potentially not being reported
by Serco to the workplace safety
watchdog — and the Corrections
Department says it is not doing
Serco, which manages Mount
Eden Corrections Facility, has faced
allegations of violence and was fined
$315,000 last month for failing to
meet the key performance indicator
for serious assaults in the past
Despite this, the private prison
operator has only reported one
serious harm incident to Work Safe
New Zealand this year — when a
staff member slipped while playing
The Health and Safety in
Employment Act requires employers
to inform Work Safe if someone is
seriously harmed at work.
But the Department of Corrections
says it has an understanding with the
Department of Labour — now the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment — that prisons need to
report only when inmates are injured
during employment or educational
Corrections’ deputy chief executive
of corporate ser vices, Vincent
Arbuckle, said the department
has taken legal advice and does
not believe it has an obligation
to report to Work Safe serious
harm to prisoners caused by other
prisoners or self harm as they are not
“ Work Safe is aware that prisoners
can be injured from assaults inside
prison,” he said.
“ Prisoner-on -prisoner assaults are
managed internally by Corrections
and the police may investigate
depending on the nature and
seriousness of the assaults.”
Work Safe said it was working to
establish what procedures were in
place for prisons to report incidents
of serious harm.
“ Work Safe cannot comment on
the specific allegations raised in the
media, but in general allegations of
assault are criminal matters that are
more appropriately investigated by
the police,” a spokesman said.
Work Safe has been told of only
eight serious harm incidents at
Mount Eden prison since Serco won
the contract in 2010. Six involved a
staff member, one was an sporting
injury to an inmate and the other
involved an assault on an inmate by
another prisoner in 2014.
There are three inquiries under way
into allegations of violence at Mount
Eden prison. — NZ N
Prisoner assaults not reported to Work Safe
Contractor wage bill
clears first hurdle
A private member’s bill which would
require contractors to be paid no less
than the minimum wage passed its first
reading in Parliament last night.
In the name of Labour MP
Wage (Contractor Remuneration)
Amendment Bill squeaked in, 61 to
60, with the support of United Future
leader Peter Dunne.
The bill sets out 14 areas to which it
Building and construction ser vices.
Cleaning ser vices.
Courier ser vices.
Food catering ser vices
Fast-food delivery ser vices.
Newspaper or pamphlet delivery
ser vices to letterboxes.
Personal home-care support to an
individual in the individual’s house.
Public entertainment ser vices as an
actor, musician or singer.
Th e manufacture of clothing,
footwear, or textiles.
Telemarketing ser vices.
Market research ser vices.
Licensed security guard ser vices
under the Private Security Personnel
and Private Investigators Act 2010.
Ser vices in the forestry industry
related to planting, pruning or felling.
Truck-driving ser vices delivering
Mr Parker said if people are taken on as
contractors and not employees, they are
not entitled to minimum wage, holiday
pay, sick pay or get ACC levies paid for
them. His bill would address the pay,
though not the others. Many countries
had a minimum rate of remuneration
rather than a minimum wage because it
was easy to get around it “and abuse the
most vulnerable in society by not paying
The bill has already been before a select
committee. It was drafted by Mr Parker
when he was a minister in the last Labour
Government and it was pulled from the
private members” ballot in the name of
former colleague Darien Fenton. It had
gone to a select committee and come out
with improvements, in the form that he
was re-presenting it to the House.
The bill was not aimed at children
doing milk runs or paper runs. It was
aimed at adults who were “through the
increasingly competitive and ruthless
world that we live in, being abused by
being paid by less than the minimum
The bill will now be considered by the
transport and industrial relations select
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Man’s death not suspicious
The death of man in the Hutt Valley
earlier this week has been deemed not
suspicious by police.
Yesterday, police confirmed they had
found the man’s body in the suburb
of Naenae. A scene examination was
carried out yesterday, and today police
said the circumstances of the man’s
death were not suspicious.
The matter has been referred to the
coroner. — N ZM E
Slain man bludgeoned with bottle
Police have revealed that a
Hamilton killed inside a city toilet
cubicle was bludgeoned to death
with a bottle.
Speaking at the scene of
Jacques Donker’s death yesterday
afternoon, detective senior sergeant
Ross Patterson said a post-mortem
examination confirmed he died
from blunt force trauma to the
He would not comment on
the accused’s motive but said it
appeared to be an “opportunistic
“I think it was an opportunist
crime and he happened to be at the
wrong place at the wrong time.”
Mr Patterson said events unfolded
about 8.45pm when a disturbance
was reported to police and
subsequently found Mr Donker.
“The man sustained an assault,
horrific injuries, causing his death
inside one of the cubicles.”
Mr Donker’s vehicle was stolen
and a police chase ensued, coming
to an end on State highway 1 at
Mercer after road spikes were
“ Despite the arrest there’s a
significant amount of work to
do and finalise what happened
here and what the events were on
Monday night and therefore we are
still asking for public assistance in
relation to movements people in the
city on Monday night. We would
like to hear from anyone who was
on Victoria Street, between Hood
and London Streets and who may
have confronted by a man who was
accompanied by two women.”
Police also wanted to hear from
a man who accompanied a man
and another woman to the Thirsty
Liquor shop on Peachgrove Road
on Monday night.
A woman will appear in court
tomorrow facing a charge of
unlawfully getting into a stolen
Homeless man Lindsay Evans
discovered Mr Donker’s body and
called emergency ser vices.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
birth in car
A woman gave birth to a baby in a car
on the roadside in central Wellington
this morning, with the help of a police
officer, the father and a friend.
A police spokesman said a constable
was travelling down Aotea Q uay near
Westpac Stadium just before 7am.
“He saw a car pulled over on the side of
the road, and a woman who looked quite
panicky and on the phone. He pulled
over to see if he could help.”
He said the woman, who was with the
father of the baby and another woman,
was about to give birth.
“The baby was well and truly on its
The constable, who was an ex-army
medic, called the ambulance and made
sure it was on its way.
“ While that was happening, baby
He said while the officer was there
to offer his support, it was “all down to
mum and dad”.
A Wellington Free Ambulance
spokeswoman said the woman was taken
to Wellington Hospital. — N Z ME
Benefit increase ‘will be cancelled out ’
A $25 increase in welfare
payments will be cancelled out
by new obligations for parents
to return to work sooner and for
longer hours, advocacy groups say.
The benefit changes — the
centrepiece of National’s budget
are being considered by a
If passed, the legislation would
require beneficiaries to return to
work once their youngest child
turned three, instead of five.
Part-time work would be
redefined as 20 hours a week, up
from 15 hours a week, for parents
who were required to work.
National Council of Women
spokeswoman Judy Whitcombe
said members had expressed
concerns about the availability of
suitable jobs for beneficiary parents
and early childhood options for
three to five-year-olds.
“ In addition, many members
are concerned that many of the
proposed changes will unnecessary
stress on families and create a
negative impact on children’s
Dr Whitcombe said the changes
were based on a short-term
economic model which ignored
the long-term benefits of investing
in children under five years of
age — a critical time for brain
The bill would raise core benefit
rates for families with dependent
children by $25 a week — the first
increase in this area in more than
30 years — on top of CPI increases.
It would also increase the amount
of free early childhood education
for the poorest families and increase
some tax credits.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A seven-year-old girl remains in
Auckland’s Starship Hospital after being
hit by a car on State highway 10 at
Cooper’s Beach in Northland.
The accident occurred about 3pm
on Monday, leaving her with injuries
understood to include a leg broken in
two places, a broken wrist, two broken
ribs, a knock to the head and lacerations.
The girl was taken by ambulance to
nearby Mangonui Fire Station, from
where she was flown to Whangarei
She was later transferred by helicopter
to Auckland, where a hospital spokesman
said she was in a stable condition.
A police spokesman said the girl had
been feeding horses on a property beside
the highway when friends called to her
from the other side of the road. She ran
across to them into the path of a car.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Run over girl stable
An experienced lawyer from a top
Auckland law firm has been arrested and
charged with being an alleged dealer in a
The man in his 40s, whose occupation
on court documents was listed as “ legal
executive”, appeared with five men and
one woman in the Auckland District
Court yesterday afternoon.
The defendants were given name
suppression until their next hearing in
It is alleged the registered barrister
and solicitor, with two of his co-accused,
supplied the class A drug in June. He
also faces three charges of possessing P
from as recently as July 7. — NZ ME
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