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Whitebaiter swept away
A whitebaiter died after he was
swept out to sea at Lake Ferry in
Wairarapa yesterday. A staff member
from Lake Ferry Hotel said the man
was swept out some time before
2.15pm. Police said a member of
the public swam out about 500m
to help the 71-year-old man, with
a long line and buoyancy aid. Both
the whitebaiter, who was wearing
a lifejacket, and his rescuer were
then pulled in to shore. Emergency
ser vices worked to resuscitate the
whitebaiter for over 40 minutes, but
he was pronounced dead at the scene.
— NZ M E -Wairarapa Times-Age
The manager of a Christchurch
laundry was taken to hospital with
smoke inhalation after battling a
blaze at his business. Firefighters
were called to the Rent-A-Cloth in
Raycroft Street, Phillipstown, about
9.30pm yesterday. A Fire Ser vice
spokesman said the blaze was visible
from a distance, although it was not
as bad as thought when firefighters
arrived. The business suffered
significant smoke damage and one
of the laundry’s managers was also
affected by the smoke. — N Z ME
Dead man named
An elderly Dunedin man who died
after being hit by a car on Monday
night has been named by police. He
was 86-year-old Albert Arthur Wolf,
known as Bert, of Fairfield. The car
driver was an 88-year-old Mosgiel
man, who was not injured. Police
said inquiries were continuing.
— Otago Daily Times
Armed robber flees
A masked man failed in his bid
to hold up a Masterton dairy.
Police said the man, who had what
appeared to be a sawn-off rifle,
entered the Eastside Superstore on
Colombo Road at 7pm on Monday
and demanded money. Manager
Kanu Jasmat said the man entered
the dairy wearing a balaclava and
appeared to be holding something in
his hand. “He just came in and said,
‘Hold up, hold up’, and I pressed the
panic button and he took off.”
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Fire damages house
A house was badly damaged in an
Otago fire and one of its occupants
was initially thought to be trapped
inside. Firefighters arrived at the
Heriot house, in the Clutha district,
just after 10pm yesterday and found
it well ablaze. They initially thought
someone was trapped inside but soon
found the occupants had escaped
safely, police said. It is not thought to
be suspicious. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11564:
58, 59, 61, 69, 72, 74, 76, 79. Draw No
11565: 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 21, 23, 30,
31, 38, 40, 45, 53, 67, 71, 73, 77, 78.
Draw No 11566: 8, 14, 24, 25, 27, 32,
33, 37, 40, 43, 49, 58, 60, 61, 62, 68, 73,
74, 75, 76. Draw No 11567: 1, 2, 8, 18,
20, 22, 25, 27, 41, 45, 50, 58, 61, 63, 68,
69, 72, 73, 77, 79.
A man accused of stabbing his
partner to death after she had
finished an exam has pleaded guilty
Mandeep Singh, 29, appeared in
the High Court at Auckland this
morning charged with murder and
attempted murder after the May
incident in central Auckland.
He previously pleaded not guilty
to the charges but, while sobbing
in the dock, changed his mind this
Parmita Rani, 22, died following
the incident at AWI International
Education Group building on
Queen Street, where it is understood
the Manurewa woman had just sat
A 22-year-old man, Parminder
Sandhu, was also stabbed in the neck
and was taken to Auckland Hospital
with serious injuries.
Witnesses said shortly after the
incident spoke of hearing screaming
and seeing people covered in blood.
One said Ms Rani had just sat a
level seven IT exam when the alleged
offender met her at the school.
The young woman had arrived in
New Zealand from India only last
year. It is believed her father died
when she was a child and her mother
passed away this year.
Another friend said her India-
based brother was her only sur viving
The witness had been studying IT
with Ms Rani for the past 18 months
and described her as his best friend.
“She was very kind, she was a very
friendly girl. She always took some
food for me.”
He said a man arrived at the school
about 8.30am and had waited for the
woman to finish her exam.
Several people had seen a knife and
she was warned not to go downstairs.
Singh was remanded in custody
until next month for sentencing.
Man changes plea to admit murder
A south Auckland man accused
of trying to stab a woman to
death has pleaded not guilty.
Mataafa Taoipu Ae, 66, appeared
in the High Court at Auckland
this morning where he denied a
charge of attempted murder.
The alleged attack against
the 53-year-old complainant
happened at a Manurewa house
on August 1.
Ae also denied charges of
threatening to kill a man, burglary
and breaching a protection order.
He was remanded in custody
until trial in June next year.
Attempted murder denied
The Taxpayers Union is alerting
the Serious Fraud Office (SFO)
to an aspect of the Government ’s
controversial Saudi sheep deal.
$11 million to Hamood Al-
Ali Al-Khalaf, in cash, sheep
and equipment, saying he had
threatened legal action over
New Zealand’s ban on live sheep
exports and could have sued for
up to $30 million.
this month the
Government was finally forced to
release all the documents related
to the deal and bit by bit, as
journalists and opposition parties
trawled through the roughly 900
pages, new information emerged
about what went on.
Lyn Provost announced she was
launching an investigation into
public spending on the deal.
Jordan Williams from the
Taxpayers Union, which has
been lobbying for an inquiry,
told Radio New Zealand’s
Checkpoint programme it had
found another issue within the
documents which the SFO
should look at.
“Officials decided ahead how
much we’re going to pay. They
then wrote to the Mfat (Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade)
lawyers and said ‘how do we
describe this on an invoice so that
it fits within the appropriation’
and then e-mailed the Saudi
party to say ‘we can pay you the
money as long as you describe
it in this particular way on the
invoice’, ” he said. “ Well that is a
prima facie fraud.”
Mr Williams said the union
wrote to the Auditor-General in
May, Radio NZ said.
“There’s many unanswered
questions in relation to this deal,”
“A few weeks ago, the
Government released 900 pages
of heavily-redacted documents
around the deal and yet we still
have very basic questions that
Mrs Provost said she had
including from two members of
Parliament, the New Zealand
Taxpayers’ Union and in a
petition from more than 10,000
New Zealanders, to inquire into
aspects of the Saudi Arabia Food
She said she had decided to
conduct an inquiry, and her office
did not usually make any public
comment on the substance or
progress of an inquiry while work
was under way.
“ We will report publicly on our
findings once we have concluded
the inquiry,” she said.
McCully said the Government
involvement and would co-
operate with the investigation.
“ We have said from the outset
the Auditor-General is entitled
to scrutinise any spending of
public money, whenever she
chooses, and we welcome her
decision to carry out an inquiry
into the Saudi Food Security
Partnership,” Mr McCully said.
Labour Party MP David Parker
welcomed the investigation,
saying many aspects of the
Government ’s Saudi sheep deal
Mr Parker said he hoped the
New Zealand’s international
reputation for fair dealing.
“Spending over $11m for the
Al Khalaf group — including
for a $4m cash payment, a model
farm in the desert and over $1m
on flying sheep — has never
made sense,” he said.
Green Party co-leader James
Shaw said Prime Minister John
Key should stand Mr McCully
down while the inquiry was
Mr Shaw said he was convinced
the Government paid a bribe to
try to get a free trade deal with
the Gulf States.
“The taxpayers sent 900 sheep
and $11m into the desert and it is
now finally time to find out why,”
Mr Shaw said.
Mr Shaw called for an
investigation in May and said the
Government had some serious
questions to answer.
Labour leader Andrew Little
backed the Greens’ call for Mr
McCully to be stood down while
the inquiry took place, saying
“nothing less than New Zealand’s
international reputation” was at
However, New Zealand First
leader Winston Peters, despite
being strongly critical of the
deal, said he did not believe the
Foreign Minister should be stood
“The man could be innocent. The
present circumstances don’t point
to that. But let ’s find out that he
is guilty before we cast judgment. ”
Mrs Provost said her inquiry
would look at. —
Th e amount of money
budgeted for the project, how it
has been used and the outcomes
it has achieved.
on ser vices was within the
appropriations of Vote Foreign
Affairs and Trade, as authorised
Th e procurement and contract
management practices used by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade to purchase ser vices
relating to the deal — Opposition
parties have questioned why
Brownrigg Agriculture won a
key contract, given it has a long
association with Mr Al Khalaf
and was lobbying on his behalf.
Whether the ser vices received
were in keeping with the business
case and contract specifications,
and any other related matters.
— NZ ME-NZN
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Dairy product prices jumped in the
latest Global Dairy Trade auction, rising
for the first time in nearly six months on
reduced volume of whole milk powder
The GDT average winning prices
climbed 14.8% to $US1974 ($2993),
up from $1815 ($2752)at the previous
auction two weeks ago. It was the first
increase since the March 3 auction.
Some 36,904 tonnes of product was sold,
down from 46,527 tonnes of product two
The Agri HQ 2015-16 farm gate milk
price has increased to $3.85 per kilo
of milk solids, in line with Fonterra’s
current 2015-16 milk price forecast.
“Fonterra’s milk price forecast is
now looking achievable,” Agri HQ
dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a
note. “Dairy commodity prices need
to continue to track upwards in line
with NZX dairy derivatives market
projections in order to reach the current
The NZX dairy derivatives market
indicates whole milk powder prices will
increase by another 45% by the end of
the season, Ms Kilsby noted.
Ahead of the auction Fonterra reduced
the volume of whole milk powder on
offer by 33.5% compared with its earlier
“This hefty reduction in the volume
available on GDT was the trigger
required to turn market sentiment,” Ms
To be sure, “ it may not be plain sailing
from here on”, she warned.
oversupplied. Until global milk supply
slows the market will remain very
Anhydrous milk fat soared 26.6%
to $2724 a tonne, while whole milk
powder jumped 19.1% to $1856 ($2815)
Butter climbed 10.8% to $2541 a tonne,
while skim milk powder rallied 8.5% to
$1521 ($2307) a tonne.
Cheddar increased 4.4% to $2778,
while rennet casein rose 3% to $5441 a
Butter milk powder dropped 13.8% to
$1400 a tonne, and lactose shed 7.8% to
$502 a tonne.
There were 136 winning bidders out of
177 participating bidders at the 17-round
auction. The number of qualified bidders
fell to 621, down from 637 at the last
auction. — NZ ME
A statue of the Virgin Mary believers
say has slashed the number of deaths
on a Northland road has been restored
and returned to its place overlooking
the once accident-plagued highway.
For more than 20 years, O ur Lady
of the Highway — known to locals
as Matou Whaea (Our Lady) — has
looked out over State highway 12 from
a hillside in Omanaia, in staunchly
Catholic South Hokianga.
However, time and weather had
taken its toll on the statue, cast almost
150 years ago from melted-down
weapons collected from a European
battlefield and it was in dire need of
After a fundraising campaign,
the life-size statue was removed,
sandblasted and repainted, and a
shelter was built to protect it from the
elements. After a three-month absence,
the restored statue was unveiled on
Saturday as about 30 parishioners
braved mud, heavy rain and a cold
It was blessed by Fr Kerry
Prendeville, the Hokianga priest whose
brother, Fr Brian Prendeville, brought
the statue to Northland in the early
1990s. “ This is not a Catholic taonga
(treasure). This is a taonga for all the
iwi (people) of Hokianga,” he said.
The statue’s restoration is only the
latest chapter in a long and intriguing
history. Fr Kerry said it was made in
Lille, northern France, using melted-
down arms and shell cases collected
from a battlefield of the Franco-
Prussian War of 1870-71.
Originally called O ur Lady of
Lourdes, it was shipped to a Marist
community in Napier in the 1890s and
installed at St Patrick’s Church.
When the church was damaged
by fire, the statue was moved to a
seminary at nearby Meeanee; after a
flood in 1910, the entire complex was
moved to Greenmeadows. A plaque
was added there, dedicating the statue
to a seminarian’s brother killed at
Passchendaele in World War One.
That gave rise to the statue’s previous
name, O ur Lady of Passchendaele. The
plaque has since been lost. When the
seminary shifted to Auckland in 1990,
the statue was left behind, ending up
in the hands of Fr Brian.
Originally, it was to have been
installed at Pa Te Aroha Marae, in
Whirinaki, but when those plans
fell through, Jack Korewha, “a man
of good will”, offered his property at
Fr Brian had been concerned about a
spate of serious crashes on Hokianga
roads and believed placing the statue
beside the State highway would help
end the carnage.
“The number of people killed on
the highway was horrific. Since then
there’s been only one serious crash in
the area,” Fr Kerry said.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Our Lady back protecting motorists
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
Wiga Autet of Kerikeri pays her respects to the re-dedicated Our Lady of the Highway at Omanaia.
Manhunt after shots fired at police
The man at the centre of a large-scale,
armed police operation had been let out
of prison only this year, and had allegedly
breached conditions of his release.
Shots were fired at police officers,
sparking the operation in the central
North Island and the closure of schools
and a kindergarten.
All roads remain open and police
are telling the public to go about
their business as normal but maintain
“ heightened awareness”.
The police helicopter and armed
offenders squad are searching for the
alleged offenders, and cordons are in
place around the region.
Police say they are looking for Dolphy
Kohu, who was released from jail on
June 3 after ser ving a sentence for wilful
But on July 1, Corrections applied to
recall Kohu to prison and a warrant to
arrest was issued, the Parole Board said.
In its decision to release Kohu in June,
the board said it had considered his
“ unenviable record” but was satisfied he
had a “completely different focus now ” as
he had to support his pregnant partner.
This morning, Kohu’s grandfather
urged him to turn himself in.
“Boy, I love you, just give yourself up,
that ’s all,” Te Tawhero Dolphy Kohu
said when asked by Radio New Zealand
what he would say to his grandson.
“The situation now, as much as I hate
to think it, they’re going to shoot him,
they’re going to shoot him. His very
actions have put him in that situation
where they (police) have no choice.”
Raetihi Primary School, Ohakune
Primary School, Ohakune Kindergarten
and Waiouru School are closed and
police are telling parents to keep
children at home.
Waiouru School principal Marama
Stewart said parents were “obviously”
concerned about their children, and a
number had called to check in with her.
Superintendent Sue Schwalger says
police will take whatever steps are
appropriate to keep the community safe.
“ While the location of the offenders
is still unknown, I can reassure the
community that we are leaving no
stone unturned to find them as soon as
possible,” Ms Schwalger said.
Ruapehu District Council told staff in
its Raetihi ser vice centre and its office in
Ohakune to keep the doors locked.
Police say they began pursuing a fleeing
driver near Whanganui about 2.30am,
and during the pursuit the police car
One of the occupants fired shots at
close range at two officers, leaving them
shaken but unhurt.
The occupants of the pursued car —
believed to be three men and two women
— then stole the police car and fled.
The police car has since been recovered,
and no police firearms were taken from
Police say the alleged offenders are
armed, dangerous and shouldn’t be
Dolphy Kohu was jailed in 2013 for
two and a half years for firing a shotgun
at a family in Whanganui and in 2009,
he was jailed for three years and three
months after the then-16-year-old
robbed a Whanganui dairy owner armed
with a shotgun. — NZ N
One person was pulled from a burning
house in Christchurch last evening.
Three fire trucks were called to the
scene of the house fire on Aldwins Road
at 4.58pm after receiving calls, southern
fire communications shift manager
Riwai Grace said.
He said upon arrival, firefighters pulled
one person out of the house.
He said the person was suffering from
“multiple burns” and had since been
taken to hospital by ambulance.
St John spokesman Ian Henderson said
it was alerted to the fire at 5.07pm.
Two rapid response vehicles and two
ambulances were sent to the scene.
Mr Henderson said a woman in her
40s was taken to Christchurch Hospital’s
emergency department with critical
Another woman in her 20s was also
taken to hospital with minor injuries.
dies at 88
Former North Shore MP and Mayor
George Gair has died aged 88.
Mr Gair ser ved for 24 years as MP for
North Shore from 1966 to 1990 and held
senior posts in National governments
including health, transport, energy,
housing and rail.
Married to his wife Fay for 64
years, Mr Gair had three children,
five grandchildren and three great-
He was New Zealand’s High
Commissioner in London from 1991
to 1994, and was Mayor of North Shore
City from 1995 to 1998.
Mr Gair, who gained a bachelor of
arts degree from the University of New
Zealand during the 1940s, decided to
further his study in 2006 after being
challenged by a former political colleague,
AUT Professor Marilyn Waring.
He was accepted in mid-2007, but his
study had to be postponed while he had
heart surgery. He graduated in 2010 with
Mr Gair died on Monday, and a ser vice
will be held on Friday, September 4.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
No Gloriavale school probe
Segregated education at the secretive
Gloriavale sect will not be investigated
despite concerns for children’s rights, a
select committee has decided.
The Education Review Office was
called before the education and science
select committee today to explain why
the fundamentalist school was allowed
to teach separate subjects for girls and
boys, and stop education early.
Green MP Catherine Delahunty was
hoping for an investigation into the
isolated community’s school, saying it
was breaching the rights of children to a
broad education, however it was decided
Students at the school run by Christian
community Gloriavale sit qualifications
up to three years early so they can focus
on a more “practical” education —
including laundry-folding for girls.
Students do not progress past Year
11, and are not offered external exams.
Science is based on creationism. No
students in recent years had progressed
Instead, in their senior years, girls
and boys are taught separate vocational
subjects — females learn sewing,
cooking, laundry and childcare while
males learn carpentry, engineering and
Following the committee meeting,
Ms Delahunty said ERO had told the
MPs all the children learned to read and
write and the school was not breaking
She said the other members of the
select committee felt that going to
the school was the parent ’s choice and
therefore there were no grounds for
Ms Delahunty said she was extremely
“ I feel these kids are alone. You can
argue that it’s a parent ’s right to choose
but what about the rights of the child?”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Commuters heading into Auckland
from the North Shore had to endure
a slow trip this morning, as an oil spill
The spill, near Tristram Avenue, was
cleaned up by contractors but traffic on
the northern motor way backed up to
Greville Road. The spill was reported at
5.40am. — NZME
Oil spill on road
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