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Fatal fire suspicious
A house fire that killed one person
in Taranaki is being treated as
suspicious. Police and Fire Ser vice
investigators returned today to carry
out a thorough scene examination
at the East Beach Street, Waitara,
property. Emergency ser vices were
notified at 10pm on Saturday and
the fire was well involved when
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
One person is dead after a car
and motorcycle collided on State
highway 1 at Puhoi last night.
Emergency ser vices were notified
of the crash at 6.38pm. The
motorcyclist, travelling north from
Puhoi, was killed when his machine
collided head-on with a southbound
car. Four occupants from the car,
including a child, were treated for
minor to moderate injuries. The
road was closed between Puhoi and
Woodcocks Road for several hours.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Man’s body found
The body of Omarama man
Rodney Murdoch, 71, was found
by police on Saturday morning.
His body was found about 5km
from Omarama near the Ahuriri
river, police said. The death is not
considered suspicious and has been
referred to the coroner. Mr Murdoch
went missing on August 6.
Autistic boy safe
Missing 10-year-old boy Kyle
Mcgillivray has been found safe.
The boy had been visiting his
grandmother in Marton, Rangitikei
district, when he went missing about
4pm on Saturday. He set off to walk
his grandmother’s dog and failed to
return. Police said Kyle was found
safe about 5km outside of Marton
about 9am yesterday. — NZ ME
Two share Lotto win
Two tickets, sold in Lower Hutt
and Palmerston North, won their
holders $500,000 each in division
one of Lotto draw no 1471 on
Saturday. Successful numbers
were 4, 12, 22, 26, 35, 40; bonus 8.
Strike numbers were 12, 22, 35, 40.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 2. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11552:
3, 4, 10, 13, 14, 23, 30, 31, 32, 35, 39,
47, 49, 52, 60, 68, 71, 72, 74, 75. Draw
No 11553: 1, 8, 12, 19, 20, 23, 26, 28,
31, 36, 38, 39, 43, 45, 60, 63, 69, 76, 78,
80. Draw No 11554: 7, 9, 10, 11, 16,
23, 26, 29, 31, 41, 43, 48, 49, 54, 55, 60,
69, 73, 76, 80. Draw No 11555: 1, 4, 8,
19, 20, 24, 27, 30, 34, 42, 48, 50, 54, 55,
59, 68, 69, 73, 79, 80. Draw No 11556:
52, 53, 54, 60, 63, 70, 71, 79. Draw No
11557: 2, 4, 10, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30,
35, 36, 41, 43, 47, 51, 54, 57, 59, 60, 61.
Draw No 11558: 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18,
24, 26, 27, 30, 33, 37, 38, 49, 54, 55, 56,
67, 78, 80. Draw No 11559: 2, 5, 8, 16,
26, 28, 32, 35, 41, 45, 47, 49, 50, 52, 55,
57, 65, 67, 71, 75.
An elderly man who went missing in
Waikato last night has been found safe
The 88-year-old was reported missing
in Te Aroha. Police say he was found two
hours later. — N Z ME
Man found safe
A man has been arrested after allegedly
stealing a boat and leading police on
a chase from rural Waikato over the
Kaimai Ranges into Tauranga this
Western Bay of Plenty police deployed
road spikes that managed to slow the
fleeing driver down, however he was
eventually stopped after being nudged to
the side of the road by a patrol car.
The incident began when a boat was
reported stolen in Te Aroha by the
owner’s neighbour at 5.30am today.
The neighbour followed the vehicle
until police arrived when they activated
their sirens and flashing lights.
Unperturbed, the driver carried on with
patrols from Te Aroha, Cambridge and
Matamata following the vehicle and the
stolen boat over the ranges when they
were joined by western Bay of Plenty
Senior sergeant Carl Purcell said the
tyres of the vehicle — which was stolen
from a Thames property in January —
and the boat trailer were both deflated by
road spikes and despite them shredding
down to the rims, the man continued to
“The fleeing driver was finally stopped
on Merrilees Road (State highway 2)
being pushed to the side of the road
by a police vehicle as it attempted to
get on to an on-ramp to the harbour
“The stolen vehicle suffered damage to
the tyres and rims. There was minimal
damage to the police vehicle. There
were no injuries to the driver or police
A 48-year-old man was to appear
in the Tauranga District Court today
charged with reckless driving, failing to
stop, driving while suspended, theft and
unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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Not taking the bait . . .
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Peter Wild, 60, waits for whitebait in the Taieri River at Henley on Saturday.
In the first six hours of this
year’s whitebaiting season, Peter
Wild hauled three of the prized
fry from Taieri River.
The semi-retired Dunedin man
said he set his whitebait net at
5am on Saturday and waited on
the river bank, near Henley Road.
He had been fishing the same
part of the river for more than 30
years, and the season always started
slowly. “ They usually don’t start
running until late September. ”
Most of his catch was usually
made in October. The whitebait
had never run on an opening
morning, but he kept returning
for it, just in case a huge school of
whitebait needed a net to swim
into, he said. “ You’ve just got to be
here at the right time. ”
His biggest single catch was
more than 6kg, about five years
ago. “ But I’m still waiting for the
big 60lb (27kg) one, where I can’t
lift my net.”
A “60lb haul” had happened a
few times nearby, he said.
He was always optimistic about
what the season would bring. “I
always come out with a good feed.
“Last year I got 46kg and I
didn’t bother coming out for
November. I’d got enough.”
The family ate most of it, and
his friends gratefully took the
rest, he said. Essentials for the
season were “plenty of patience”,
a deck chair and a radio. This
year, he parked a caravan near his
registered site so he could fish
every day of the season. While he
waited, he had a fishing line in
the river and last season landed
six “good-size” trout.
Whitebaiting season runs until
November 30 and fishing is
allowed between 5am and 8pm
until the start of daylight saving
on September 27. From then,
whitebaiting will be allowed
between 6am and 9pm.
— Otago Daily Times
The fire was in a corner of the single-level 30m by 30m building
at the marae north-west of Taupo.
The tangi for a three-year-
old has been moved for a third
time after the rural Waikato
marae it was being held in on
Saturday was gutted by fire.
Nobody was injured in
the 4.30pm blaze at Mokai
Marae near Taupo, which was
being used for the tangi for
three-year-old Moko Sayviah
Rangitoheriri who died of
injuries from critical injuries
after an alleged assault.
Fire crews from Rotorua,
Taupo, Mangakino, Tokoroa
and Mangatahi were sent to
the scene, 26km north-west of
Tokoroa fire chief Dave
Morris told the Herasaid today
that after the blaze Moko’s
tangi was moved to Ongaroto
Marae, on State highway 1,
at Atiamuri before shifting
again yesterday to Papa O Te
Aroha Marae on Mossop Road,
Tokoroa, to accommodate more
Spokesman for Mokai Marae,
Eru George, told Maori
Television last night, mourners
were “deep despair”.
“This dining hall was
named after Parehingaawatea.
Parehingaawatea was the wife
of our chief and our meeting
house Pakake Taiari.”
Mr George said the fire
broke out while the funeral was
“ We had only just called the
house to come in for lunch
yesterday. We were shocked
because the fire had just
started,” he said.
About 50 firefighters were
sent to blaze, which was in a
corner of the single-level 30m
by 30m building.
manager Steve Smith said
on Saturday that the fire was
“ well involved”, but no one was
seriously hurt or trapped.
A marae elder was taken by
ambulance to hospital after
suffering smoke inhalation.
Two people, a 43-year-old
man and an 26-year-old
woman appeared in the
Rotorua District Court on
Wednesday in relation to the
death of Moko Rangitoheriri.
They entered no plea and
were due to reappear in the
Taupo District Court next
month. — NZ ME-New
Fire at marae during tot’s tangi
Govt not to
Finance Minister Bill
English has denied bad
Government led to the
decline of Solid Energy.
The struggling State-
administration last week,
owing more than $300
million to the banks.
No workers were laid
off during the voluntary
administration period, and
operations would continue
on a “ business as usual”
basis, the company said.
The continuing slide in the price of hard
coking coal on the international market
has been blamed for the decline of the
debt-laden company, but Opposition
parties have pointed the finger at the
Government, saying it must take some
responsibility for Solid Energy’s current
But Finance Minister Bill English
dismissed those accusations, saying it
was not bad management on National’s
part that pushed the company over the
“ No I don’t agree with that,” he said
on TV3’s The Nation. “It’s the coal
price that ’s sunk this company, and the
assumptions it made five or six years ago
about where their coal price would be.
“They thought it would be twice as
high as it is now, in fact their estimates
were higher than the market. So as the
Government came to grips with what
the company’s plans were there was
disagreement between the company and
the Government and the Treasury, there
were changes in the board, changes in
the management, and we’ve been in a
process ever since dealing with this ever
dropping coal price.”
However, he told the
programme he did accept
commercial pressure” on
“But the way it spent its
money back in that period
was on fairly large-scale,
if not grandiose, schemes
about alternative energy,
building a very large staff of
head office and overheads,
as we came to grips with
that in the early stages
of the mixed-ownership
process . . . due diligence on
the company through up all these issues
and at the same time coal price
“ We’ve taken every step we can, as
the company has, particularly the staff
in the coal mines, to try and secure its
viability, and actually they ’ve done a
pretty good job because the alternative
Enterprises Minister Todd McClay and
Mr English said that entering temporary
voluntary administration, and freezing a
portion of Solid Energy’s debt, provided
the best chance for parts of the business
to continue to successfully operate in the
future under new ownership.
But Solid Energy acting chairman
Andy Coupe admitted it was “unlikely”
that any sale, or sales, would cover its
Act Party leader David Seymour said
New Zealand taxpayers “deser ve an
apology ” after the Government invested
in trying to prop up the struggling
“O bviously the company should have
been sold when it still had some value,”
Mr Seymour said. — NZME
State houses upgraded
More than 2000 State houses
have been upgraded after a
coroner found damp and cold
conditions may have contributed
to a south Auckland toddler’s
Radio New Zealand reported
today that Housing New Zealand
has undertaken the repairs after
a coroner’s report into the death
of Emma-Lita Bourne, two, was
published in June.
Housing NZ then reviewed all
repair requests and prioritised
fixing damp and cold problems.
Repairs made to about 2800
State houses included upgrading
insulation, installing ventilation,
heaters, carpets and thermal
drapes, Radio NZ reported.
Social Housing Minister Paula
Bennett told the radio network
she was impressed with Housing
“So they put a maintenance
action team in place in June of
this year and I tell you they ’ve
been going great guns and
I’m really impressed with the
numbers of properties that
they’ve been upgrading and
getting maintenance teams into.”
A man died and another was hurled
off his jetski in a spectacular explosion
in separate jetski fishing incidents over
Police said the body of a 61-year-old
jetski fisherman was found floating in
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf yesterday after
he went missing on Saturday night.
Coastguard at 2.30pm on Saturday
when he set off from Half Moon Bay
for a day of fishing. His wife raised the
alarm at 8.30pm when he did not return.
His jetski was found overnight
Saturday, anchored, with a fishing line
Police said a local boatie found a body
floating in the water between Waiheke
and Motuihe islands about midday
Police said the body was identified as
the missing jetski fisherman.
He was wearing a lifejacket when
found in the water.
In the second incident, a jetski
fisherman was blasted into the Kaituna
River, east of Tauranga, in a spectacular
explosion yesterday afternoon.
Petrol fumes from fuel that had
leaked into the hull of the jetski were
understood to have been ignited by
a spark when the rider turned on the
It blew off the seat and engine cover,
hurling the man into the water, where
he was quickly retrieved by bystanders
and a friend who had been parking the
The Rotorua man, in his early 20s,
was treated for possible concussion
and a back injury before being taken
by ambulance to Tauranga Hospital for
Maketu Fire Brigade chief fire officer
Shane Beech said the jetski was being
launched for an afternoon’s fishing
The explosion took place at the boat
ramp in about 1.5m of water, a few
hundred metres from the river mouth.
Bystanders told Mr Beech they heard
the sound of the jetski being fired up
and then the boom of an explosion.
“He turned on the key and boom, it
exploded,” Mr Beech said. “ He lived to
tell the tale.”
The explosion blew the fire out, Mr
— NZ ME -Bay of Plenty Times
Jetski accidents leave man dead, another blasted into river
Firearms charge admitted
Former All Black Andrew Hore has
pleaded guilty to supplying a shotgun
to an unlicensed person but has sought
a discharge without conviction.
Hore, of Patearoa, appeared in the
Alexandra District Court this morning
before Judge Michael Crosbie on
the charge, which is connected to a
duckshooting incident on May 2 this
year where a man almost lost an arm.
The 36-year-old was remanded on bail
until September 17.
Judge Crosbie said Hore’s lawyer had
filed an application for a discharge, but
police had not yet had time to respond,
so he would not enter a conviction.
— Otago Daily Times-NZME
One badly hurt in collision
One person was flown to hospital after
suffering serious injuries when their
vehicle collided with a milk tanker in
The crash happened on State highway
2 at west Taratahi, between Masterton
and Carterton, about 8.30am.
A police spokeswoman said a person
travelling in the vehicle was taken
to hospital by helicopter in a critical
They were believed to be the only
occupant of the vehicle.
The driver of the milk tanker was not
injured. — NZ ME
Court sequel to stabbing
Whangarei police were called to a family
violence incident at Arcus Street, Otaika,
in Northland, about 6pm yesterday.
A 45-year-old man had been stabbed
and was taken to Whangarei Hospital
with serious injuries.
Following inquiries a 43-year-old
woman was located about 20 minutes
later at a Morningside property. She was
arrested and charged with wounding
with intent to cause grievous bodily
harm and will be appearing in the
Whangarei District Court today.
The house where the incident took
place has been forensically examined
along with a car that was seized.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
A woman was rescued from a cliff-face
in St Heliers yesterday.
The Fire Ser vice, police and St John
were called to Cliff Road, St Heliers
at 5.30am to rescue a woman who had
fallen about 20m down the cliff. Sergeant
Chris Painter said the woman was taken
to hospital with minor injuries after she
was pulled to safety. “She was a bit cold,
she’d been down there for quite a while,”
he said.— NZME
Woman tumbles 20m over cliff
The rescue helicopter at the scene of the collision.
Motorcyclist badly hurt in collision
A motorcyclist was seriously injured
and airlifted to hospital after crashing
his machine into a car yesterday.
The accident happened in Waimana
in the rural Bay of Plenty shortly before
The Trustpower Tauranga Energy
Consumer Trust (TECT) rescue
helicopter was sent to Waimana Road.
The 21-year-old man had serious arm
and leg injuries and St John paramedics
stabilised him at the scene.
Firefighters closed the road so the
helicopter could land close to the scene.
Because of the severity of the young
man’s injuries, and the distance from
Tauranga Hospital, about 115km away
by road, it was decided he should be
flown. — NZME
Tui Brewery slashes 24 jobs
Two-thirds of the staff at the landmark
Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka will be
cut as the brewery halts production of
quarts and kegs.
DB Breweries has confirmed 13 full-
time and 11 part-time roles would be
axed next year, with a “smaller capacity,
fit for purpose brewery” replacing the
The brewery employs 37 people, mainly
from the Tararua district, with at least
three from Palmerston North.
Commercial manager Nick Rogers
said a changing market had meant quart
production — the tall brown bottles in
crates — would be passed to Timaru,
while kegs would “most likely” be
handled in Auckland.
He said demand for quarts had
declined 17% in the past five years.
“ Product types have changed,” he said.
“ It ’s more the 330ml bottles (the market
wants), and they are bottled elsewhere.”
Corporate relations director Matt
Wilson said the job losses would not
take effect until the new brewery was
operational, expected to be in May 2016.
He said it was hoped some of the
affected staff would be able to be
relocated to other DB sites or redeployed
to the new brewery, as well as some
assisting with the decommissioning
works on the existing brew plant, which
could take until December 2016.
The $4.5 million construction on the new
brewery will start in October, combined
with earthquake strengthening works.
Mr Rogers said the Tui Brewery was
“ very important to the brand”, with
tourism numbers on the increase.
— N Z ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
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