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Police in Queenstown last night
received a report indicating a man
reported missing on Monday
was safe. Jack Nicholson, 23, of
Queenstown, was last seen at 1.30am
on Monday. Last night, police were
told by a friend of Mr Nicholson’s
the missing man had sent a text
message about 6pm saying he was
fine. — Otago Daily Times
Quad bike, bus collide
A man suffered serious internal
injuries after a crash between a quad
bike and a school bus in Taupo on
Monday night. The 55-year-old
man was riding the quad bike. He
sustained serious internal injuries.
The Waikato rescue helicopter was
dispatched about 11pm to pick up
the man at Taupo Hospital. He was
transferred to Waikato Hospital.
White powder scare
Two Greerton women and two
firefighters had to be decontaminated
by a hazardous substances unit
after coming into contact with an
unidentified white powder. The two
Greerton Postshop discovered the
unknown substance leaking from an
envelope while sorting mail about
8am yesterday. It took about an hour
and a half for firefighters to contain
and isolate. The powder was handed
to police for testing.
— NZ M E -Bay of Plenty Times
An Air Wanganui plane made an
emergency landing at Paraparaumu
yesterday after engine failure cut
short a routine medical flight
from Whanganui to Wellington.
Aboard the Piper Mojave twin-
engined aircraft were pilot Nathan
Mauchline, a patient and a flight
nurse when its left engine developed
a fault. Mr Mauchline carried
out a “well practised” routine and
feathered the propeller on the failed
engine, Air Wanganui chief executive
officer Charlie Anderson said.
Airways NZ diverted the plane to
Paraparaumu. Ambulance staff met
the plane’s crew and transferred the
patient to an ambulance.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Fire damages home
Fire ripped through a Waikato
house overnight. Numerous calls
came into the Fire Service just before
3am reporting the blaze on Williams
Street, Te Awamutu, saying people
were still inside, Megan Ruru of the
northern fire communications centre
said. The property was “well ablaze”,
but fire crews could find no one inside,
she said. The extent of the damage was
not yet known. — NZME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11592:
43, 48, 57, 62, 63, 72, 76, 79. Draw No
11593: 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 30, 34, 43,
47, 53, 56, 60, 63, 64, 68, 70, 71, 76.
Draw No 11594: 9, 14, 15, 18, 22, 26,
33, 37, 48, 50, 51, 55, 60, 63, 69, 70, 72,
73, 77, 80. Draw No 11595: 5, 14, 16,
25, 33, 34, 39, 40, 46, 48, 51, 53, 55, 57,
58, 59, 60, 65, 66, 76.
National ‘evading TPP questions’ — Green MP
Two men have been remanded in
custody following a stabbing in Milton
at the weekend.
They appeared for the second time in
relation to the incident in the Dunedin
District Court yesterday.
A 29-year-old faces one charge
of assault with a knife and two of
threatening to kill. He is also charged
with taking a knife into a property.
A 31-year-old faces two charges of
threatening to kill and three charges of
assault with a blunt instrument.
They are jointly charged with damaging
an Audi vehicle and an Arthur Street
property. — Otago Daily Times
Support for Labour has risen as the
government fends off attacks over the
Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Saudi
sheep deal and bumbling health and
safety law changes.
Labour has risen 2.3 points to 31%
support, according to the Herald-
Digipoll sur vey released today.
However, it is still well behind
National, which dropped 0.2 points to
The poll of 750 voters (a 3.6% margin
of error) was carried out between August
14 and 24.
That was when there were nationwide
protests against the TPP, the Auditor-
General said she would look into the
controversial Saudi sheep deal and post-
Pike River health and safety law changes
saw worm farms rated more dangerous
workplaces than sheep and beef farms.
The Greens’ support dropped 1.6 points
to 9.2%, New Zealand First increased
0.8 to 6.9%. The Maori Party had 1%
support, Conser vatives 0.6% and Act
Prime Minister John Key has 63.7%
backing for preferred prime minister but
Labour leader Andrew Little has just
13.3% support for the job.
Last week’s Roy Morgan poll showed
support for National at 50.5% and
Last month’s 3 News-Reid Research
poll showed support for National at 47%
and Labour steady on a little over 31%.
Both polls had the Greens on 11% and
NZ First 8%. — NZN
The National Party is evading
questions around the Trans-Pacific
Partnership after a move to table
information was shut down in
Green Party trade spokesman
Russel Norman repeatedly questioned
associate Minister of Trade Todd
McClay during parliamentary
Question Time yesterday on whether
the text of the TPP could be modified
once the Government had signed, a
claim made recently by Whangarei
MP Shane Reti.
Mr McClay refused to give a yes or
no answer, despite the question being
posed four times.
“From the National Party’s point of
view, it wants to present an image that
there is a big parliamentary process
(around the TPP). Really, the point
of those questions was to expose them
for not wanting to admit the truth,”
Dr Norman said.
Dr Reti said in a press release that
signing the agreement signalled the
start of parliamentary discussion.
“It is during the ratification process
that all the terms of the agreement
are made publicly available. As part
of ratification, the agreement comes
before Parliament and opposition
parties and select committees for
debate and modifications,” the MP
said in the statement.
Dr Reti concluded by saying New
Zealanders and opposition parties
would have a say on the TPP details
well before it became law.
He later conceded the terms of the
agreement could not be changed and
put the error down to bad grammar.
Dr Norman said the text of treaty
would be released once signed but the
briefing notes around what it would
mean in practice would be kept secret
for four years.
“ It’s very difficult to understand
what this treaty means unless you
have the interpretive documents. In
order to make sense, you have to have
the briefing papers. ”
Dr Norman said Steven Joyce had to
correct similarly untrue statements in
Parliament in 2013 about the process
for ratifying the TPP.
“The fact is, when it comes to
dealing with trade agreements there
is no all-of-Parliament ratification
vote; a select committee considers it
once; the TPP can’t be modified; and
cabinet decides on ratification, not
Parliament,” Dr Norman said.
Labour Party Te Tai Tokerau MP
Kelvin Davis said Dr Reti could not
be accused of allowing the facts to be
included in his press release.
“The reality is, once signed, the TPP
is a done deal and Kiwis will probably
be stuck with future governments
being sued by corporates and unable
to stop land being sold to foreigners,
Pharmac being fiddled with and the
Treaty of Waitangi ignored,” Mr
“The TPP negotiations are so
secret that even a National MP is
guessing what it all means. That ’s a
The TPP has been pitched as a way
for the 12 Asia-Pacific countries
involved to access each others key
markets, reduce tariffs and set
common ground on issues such as
intellectual property rights.
Critics say the deal should not be
negotiated in secret and that it favours
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A mother-of-three who has
advanced bowel cancer is pleading
with other young parents to “trust
their instincts” about their health.
“ Be aware of your body and if
you know something’s not right,
keep asking questions about it.
You’re never too young to get
cancer, so don’t dismiss it as
an option,” Kat Lawrenson, of
She starts her 13th cycle of
chemotherapy today in the hope
of keeping the disease at bay and
extending the time she spends
with partner Jarred Andrew and
their three young sons — Jayden,
five, Nathan, four, and Ryan
“The long-term prognosis for
me isn’t great. There are so many
unknowns,” she explains.
“ It’s like living on a knife edge,
not knowing what will happen
tomorrow. I take every day as it
comes and am thankful for every
day. I don’t sweat the small stuff
any more. If the kids are being
annoying, it doesn’t bug me any
more. I’m much mellower.”
To add to the poignancy of the
diagnosis, her father is involved
in a three-year study into the
management of bowel cancer.
Prof Ross Lawrenson, who is
based at Waikato University, has
been working on the Presentation,
Evaluation and Treatment (Piper)
study, the findings of which were
announced last week.
“That ’s the greatest irony of
the whole thing — that he was
working on the Piper study when
I got diagnosed. You can imagine
how hard that was for him,” Ms
The study revealed this country
lagged behind other developed
countries in the early detection
and treatment of the disease.
Her diagnosis came after
she was rushed to Auckland
Hospital’s emergency department
on February 14 this year with
stomach pains while on holiday in
The pain had been causing her
problems for about a month and
she visited a medical centre four
times in 10 days, seeing three
A CT scan at the hospital
revealed a mass in her large
intestine and she was told it
looked like cancer.
“I said that can’t be right, I can’t
have cancer. I’m a mum looking
after three children at home.
Ryan was only eight weeks old.”
Surgery was carried out the next
day to remove the tumour and
lymph nodes were also cancerous.
Ten days later, she flew home to
Cromwell “thinking I’ll be all
right, a bit of chemo and I’ll be
Her meeting with an oncologist
at Dunedin on March 2, the day
after her 35th birthday, revealed
the full extent of the disease.
“ It was stage four and I was told
the cancer cells were active in my
blood which meant they could
latch on to whatever organ they
wanted to, pretty much.
“ It ’s nobody’s fault. As the
doctor said, it’s just really sh—
The battle against the disease
began straight away, with
chemotherapy and a drug called
“I was told chemo is 90% of the
fight against this and the Avastin
is the extra kick — the remaining
The drug costs about $25,000
and Ms Lawrenson’s health
insurance covers some of that
amount. She is also adding
acupuncture and Chinese herbs to
her fight against the disease.
She is on sick leave from her job
as an ANZ sales consultant and
says the support shown by the
wider Cromwell community has
“ Everyone smiles and asks how
I am and some come up and give
me hugs. I live on hugs.”
— Otago Daily Times
‘You’re never too young to get cancer’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Kat Lawrenson with son Ryan, eight months. Ryan was only eight weeks old when she was diagnosed
with advanced bowel cancer.
Hospitality policy abused, says vicar
A central Auckland church was
searched this morning as part of a drug
operation that ended with 14 people
St Matthew-in-the-City was searched
by police at 6.30am today.
The church’s vicar, the Reverend Helen
Jacobi, had alerted police to suspected
drug dealings in the church and car park
around four weeks ago.
The car park is shared with the nearby
Auckland City Mission.
A member of the St Matthew-in-the-
City clergy and a parishioner had both
been approached in previous weeks by
people looking to buy drugs, Dr Jacobi
“ We have a very open policy of
hospitality and it ’s very sad it has been
abused in this way,” she said.
Auckland City Mission head Dame
Diane Robertson said much of the drug
dealing was occurring in the car park.
She said drug dealers were targeting
City Mission clients but other people —
including students and businesspeople
— frequented the area.
Terri Small, the owner of nearby
business Supreme Tours and Travel,
said a number of homeless p eople
congregated in the church car park area.
“That ’s where they go. There are a lot
around,” she said.
She did not hear or see any police
presence outside the business, based on
Wellesley Street, this morning.
Dr Jacobi said members of the church
had been approached and asked: “Is the
The dealing could have gone on for
some time, she said.
“Around here and in the car park are
continual places where people gather at
night, it could have been going on for
“(Police) had done a very quiet,
undercover-type investigation,” she said.
Dr Jacobi said people in the church
had been feeling “a bit anxious and not
so trusting” since the late-night drug
dealings had been noticed.
“It’s a real shame . . . hopefully this
sends a strong message that that kind of
thing is not welcome around here.”
Dr Jacobi said the car park will be
upgraded and more security cameras put
in around the church in response to the
drug bust in which seven men and seven
women were arrested this morning.
Detective Inspector Hayden Mander
said Auckland City police targeted an
area around Hobson, Wellesley and
Federal streets linked to “drug dealing
on a wide scale” that targeted vulnerable
Up to 80 police executed search
warrants on 10 addresses in the city
centre as well as at properties in Te Atatu,
Ranui and Manurewa and cannabis was
“ What they uncovered was alleged
drug dealing on a wide scale, often
aimed at vulnerable members of the
community and conducted in clear view
of the public,” Mr Mander said.
“The alleged drug dealing took place
in and around a number of premises on
Hobson and Wellesley Streets and police
will be working with the owners of those
premises to ensure that medium and
long term prevention strategies are put
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
The luxury super yacht Senses came
to Dunedin yesterday for a fuel stop
worth nearly $40,000.
The 59.2m vessel left Fiordland early
yesterday, stopping at the X/Y sheds
in Dunedin’s upper harbour for two
hours, from about 9am, to take on
32,000 litres of diesel.
As the fuel was pumped, one of
the 14 crew on board said it was the
first time they had visited “beautiful”
However, the crew declined to
comment on the vessel, its owners, or
who was on board.
The ship began its New Zealand
journey in Auckland, and would head
back there after departing Dunedin,
The Boat International website said
Senses was owned by Google co-
founder Larry Page and was available
for charter for more than $700,000 a
week in the South Pacific, Australasia,
Indian Ocean and South-east Asia.
New Zealand businessman Sir
Douglas Myers sold the vessel to Mr
Page in 2011, after it was listed for
sale for $60.5 million.
The boat includes a helicopter pad,
gymnasium, outdoor jacuzzi, six sun
decks and several smaller high-speed
boats, including a stern-launched
12.8m Nelson tender.
— Otago Daily Times
Luxury yacht stops for $40,000 top-up
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Senses motors past Quarantine Island in Otago Harbour yesterday.
Police concern grows for fugitive
There is growing concern for the
welfare of a man who is avoiding
Jahdai Brice Kennard, 28, has a
warrant out for his arrest, and police
also wish to speak to him in relation
to a pursuit and firearms incident in
Motueka last Thursday.
Ford William Hurinui, 27,
under went surgery after he was
shot by police during the incident.
Hurinui allegedly aimed a gun
at officers and failed to surrender
following a short pursuit through
Police have located a green BMW
which Kennard had been known
to use, Detective Inspector Kevin
“ We’ve had a lot of people come
for ward with information and
the members of the public we
have spoken with in relation to
our inquiries have been very co-
However, no sightings of Kennard
had been confirmed to date, and
Mr Burke said police had concerns
for his welfare.
Mr Burke warned members of the
public not to approach Kennard.
Despite this, he said he did not
have any immediate fears for the
Motueka community as a result of
him being on the run. — NZME
Air New Zealand has chalked up
record pre-tax earnings of almost
$500 million — a record for the
The company says normalised
earnings before taxation for the
2015 financial year were $496m —
up 49.6% on last year. Operating
revenue rose 6% to $4.93 billion.
The airline’s net profit after tax
was $327m — an increase of 24%
from $263m a year earlier.
“O ur strategic initiatives over the
past three years have positioned us
well to take advantage of market
dynamics which have contributed
to these results,” chairman Tony
Over the last year, Air NZ has
increased both passenger numbers
and capacity and has been boosted
by cheap fuel prices.
“ Lower fuel prices and current
sales momentum have strengthened
the company’s outlook, and this has
seen the delivery of a record annual
result that our shareholders and
staff can be immensely proud of,”
Mr Carter said.
It will pay a bonus of up to $1400
to 8000 staff not on other incentive
schemes on the back of the result.
It will pay a fully imputed
ordinary dividend of 9.5c per share
taking the full-year dividend to 16c
per share. The airline’s shares last
traded at $2.66.5 and have risen
35% in the past year. — AAP
Air NZ profits soar to record
Murder accused named
Name suppression has lapsed for a
man accused of bludgeoning an elderly
man to death with a bottle in central
Turei Rawiri Kingi, 26, of no fixed
abode, was charged with the murder
of Hamilton man Jacques Donker on
Mr Donker was found slumped over
in one of the cubicles of the London
Street toilets, near the intersection with
A post-mortem examination revealed
Mr Donker died from blunt force
trauma to the head.
Suppression on Kingi’s name lapsed on
Kingi, who is yet to enter a plea on the
charge, is due to reappear in the High
Court at Hamilton on Tuesday.
NZME-New Zealand Herald
A whale is stranded in an Auckland
estuary while conser vation experts are
attempting to reach it.
It ’s understood the whale — believed to
be a Bryde’s whale — is the same one that
was spotted a couple of kilometres up an
Auckland river yesterday afternoon.
It appears to be stranded on a sand
bank on the Whau River, close to
Point Chevalier, according to witness
photographs and video.
Witnesses at the bank say the whale
appears to be alive and breathing.
Conser vation said the whale appeared to
A DOC marine team was on its way
to the whale, and whale protection group
Project Jonah was also in the area.
The whale was sighted by a river tour
group close to the Riverhead Tavern on
the upper Waitemata Harbour.
It appeared to be attempting to
catch fish in the shallow waters of the
Rangitopuni Creek, a long narrow inlet,
The Red Boats Ltd managing director
Andrew Somers said.
A population of Brydes whales live in
the Hauraki Gulf, but it is not usual for
them to swim upriver. — NZ ME
AOS call-out sequel
A man arrested after an armed
operation locked down a west Auckland
street last night is now facing a number
of charges related to the incident.
A 31-year-old man was later arrested,
and faces three charges of male assaults
female, one of threatening to kill,
contravening a protection order, and
two charges of unlawfully possessing a
firearm. He was due in the Waitakere
District Court today. — NZ ME
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