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Bashed man fights for life
A man is fighting for his life
after being assaulted in Whitianga.
Inspector Chris Tate said the
man, who is in his 40s, was flown
to Auckland City Hospital just
after 2am. He said police were
investigating injuries that appear to
be the result of an assault, Newstalk
ZB said. The man was found on the
side of the road in Bryce Street near
Cook Drive. — NZ ME
Family escapes fire
A Taupo family fled to a
neighbour’s place early today as fire
broke out in their home. The blaze
in the suburb of Tauranga on State
highway 1 happened about 2.15am.
One person was treated for smoke
inhalation and the house was badly
damaged. Four fire engines and two
water tankers were called out.
Fatal crash charges
Police have charged a man
following an investigation into a fatal
crash on Hakataramea Valley Road in
May. A Waimate police investigation
into the crash was completed in June
and the file was sent to Christchurch
for a decision on whether charges
should be laid. Canterbury police
yesterday confirmed a 40-year-old
man had been charged with four
counts of driving with excess blood-
alcohol causing injury and one count
of driving with excess blood-alcohol
causing death. He is due to appear
in the Timaru District Court on
September 10. — Otago Daily Times
River body identified
Police have identified a body found
in the Waikato River yesterday but
will not release the name of the
38-year-old man until his family
members are all informed. Forensic
evidence played a significant part
in helping to identify the body
recovered from the river near
Comries Avenue. Detective Paul
Van der Zee of the Hamilton CIB
said officers were working with
the deceased man’s next of kin and
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Solicitor-General Mike Heron,
QC, is stepping down. When Mr
Heron was appointed in 2012 he
indicated time he would ser ve at
least three years in the job, Attorney-
General Chris Finlayson said. “His
family has remained in Auckland
and he has decided it is time to
return home. He has agreed to stay
on until a successor is appointed,”
Mr Finlayson said yesterday. The
Solicitor-General heads the Crown
Law Office. — NZN
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52, 56, 64, 65, 66, 74, 75, 76, 77. Draw
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70, 72, 73, 79. Draw No 11631: 1, 4, 7,
19, 20, 25, 27, 30, 40, 41, 42, 47, 60, 61,
64, 66, 75, 77, 78, 79.
Canterbury recalls first big shake
Police are hunting for violent
offender Casey Cowan who removed
his electronically monitored anklet in
The 44-year-old man was in breach of
his home detention conditions, police
He removed the anklet about midday
yesterday, police said.
Cowan was sentenced to six months’
home detention in the North Shore
District Court after being convicted of
committing violent offences, police said.
He is described as Maori, of medium-
build with short, dark hair and a height
of about 175cm.
Cowan is the latest runaway in a string
of incidents reported by police.
Shortcliffe sparked a police manhunt
when he cut off his electronic monitoring
bracelet less than a week ago. Shortcliffe
assaulted a security guard after he cut off
his bracelet about 11pm on August 29.
His escape came just a day after
Zane McVeigh, 19, allegedly breached
his parole conditions by removing his
monitoring bracelet and fleeing
A neighbour tried to convince a woman
to give up her dead husband’s body that
had lain in a Porirua flat for weeks, it has
The unbearable smell finally forced
neighbours to call the police on Sunday.
They found the man’s badly decomposed
body inside the couple’s Titahi Bay
The man’s wife was thought to have
lived alongside the body for weeks and
police are exploring the possibility they
had stumbled upon a religious after-
death ritual, Fairfax reported.
The man is suspected to be Debiprasad
Majumdar, but his name has not yet been
confirmed by police.
The woman was initially taken away
by police, however she has not been
charged, police said.
Neighbours said the pair were from
Kolkata, capital of the West Bengal State
of India, Fairfax reported.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
to give up
At a few minutes’ shy of midnight on
August 23, 11km below Rolleston on
the Canterbury Plains, seismometers
detected a tiny earthquake.
With a magnitude of just 1.98, the
tremor was still significant.
It was the 14,600th aftershock
since the 7.1 jolt that, five years ago,
changed Canterbury forever.
The thousands of tiny tremors of
that early morning quake, which tore
open the earth near the little rural
hub of Darfield in the Selwyn district,
ser ve as a shaky legacy that scientists
suspect will keep rolling on.
The misery, death and destruction
from the rupture, at 4.35am on a
Saturday, can be counted in the 185
people killed in the Christchurch
Earthquake five months later, held
to be an aftershock despite the
unforgettable havoc it wrought,
and the tens of billions of dollars in
Without it, Building and Housing
Minister Nick Smith might not
have this week ordered a billion-
dollar strengthening of building and
housing; falling parts of unreinforced
masonry like parapets and facades
that killed 35 people in the February
Some of those who happened to
be awake when it hit on September
4, 2010, reported a bizarre sight of
lightning streaming not from the sky,
but into it from the ground.
Amid the 40-second rumble, the
ground acceleration created by the
electrical currents deep within the
Earth’s crust to rise rapidly and fire
from the surface.
GNS Science seismologists were
quickly able to identify its cause as
strike-slip faulting, where two blocks
of the crust violently tear past each
other, near the eastern foothills of the
Southern Alps, at the western edge of
the Canterbury Plains.
They described it an “extremely
rare seismic recording near a fault
People in Christchurch, 40km east,
likened it to a train, a hurricane, a
battle tank rolling down the street.
More than 6000 people reported it.
At Christchurch Airport, chaos
descended as the lights were knocked
out; at Kaiapoi motor camp, caravans
sank to their axles as craters opened;
shaken revellers stepped out of city
bars into blackness and debris.
A Sydenham dairy stayed open
selling battery packs for just $2 and
giving away milk cartons; a young
Christchurch student screamed from
beneath her bedcovers, coiled in the
foetal position, later telling how “it
seemed like it went on forever”.
In those 40 seconds, billions of
dollars of damage resulted as sewer
lines were broken, roads opened up,
chimneys collapsed and residents
of low-lying communities like
Bexley were introduced to the slushy
nightmare of soil liquefaction.
By comparison, the level of shaking
approximately coincided with the
strength of a one-in-500 year quake
event that our building code is now
tested against, and its force released
about 30 times more energy than the
July 2013 Cook Strait earthquake.
times, only the
Christchurch earthquake, which
erupted with the energy of 15,000
tonnes of TNT from a relatively
shallow depth, caused a higher peak
A quake striking in the heart of
Canterbury did not come completely
out of the blue for seismologists, who
always regarded the region as a place
of “moderate hazard”.
But 50 years of no earthquakes had
created a cosy perception among
many locals that they simply didn’t
happen in Christchurch.
Top GNS scientist and director of
the joint Natural Hazards Research
Platform, Dr Kelvin Berryman, told
the Herald this week that the location
of the epicentre was nonetheless
surprising as an active fault hadn’t
been mapped there before.
A visible rent across the landscape
allowed scientists to measure the
movement of the longest fault
segment, the Greendale Fault.
“ From very early in the investigations,
it was apparent that rupture of the
Greendale fault was very rare because
there was no evidence of clear earlier
events across river terraces at least
15,000 years old,” Dr Berryman said.
His colleagues also had big
questions about the complexity of
the rupture — as many as eight small
faults connected up to rupture in that
15 to 20 seconds represented by the
“So mapping the detail of the
surface rupture, and accurately the
aftershocks were of prime interest.”
In the five months before the
Christchurch quake, a large team
of scientists tracked aftershock
locations with a dense array of
freshly installed seismometers and
“The long series of aftershocks have
provided new insights into the way
stress is transferred in the crust of
the earth. We now understand better
the ‘influence distance’ from one
earthquake,” Dr Berryman said.
“ Did the Darfield earthquake trigger
the February 22 event? Now we can
probably be pretty certain that it did.
“ Would the February 22 event have
occurred if the Darfield event did not
occur? This is a much more difficult
question for which there is no clear
For scientists like Dr Berryman,
the key lessons were found in its
sheer intricacy, and the detail of data
captured by seismographs already
set up has made it perhaps the best
event in the world.
“ In the past five years there has
been an excellent joining together of
science and policy in regard to natural
hazard risks in New Zealand,” he said.
“This has been one of the most
important lessons learned from the
Canterbury Earthquake Sequence. ”
lessons included the
importance of good land-use planning,
the bolstering of legislation and civil
preparedness, and the strengthening
of communities, where more people
now knew their neighbours.
It proved that rare events, even those
occurring once in every 20,000 years
— still had to happen some time.
This week, when seismographs in
the region notched up the 14,614th
earthquake over a magnitude of 1.1,
earthquake activity in the aftershock
zone is still about 10 times higher
than before the event.
Dr Berryman expected Canterbury
was likely to keep feeling them for
many years, and may perhaps be
destined to the same fate as the South
Island’s Buller region, which has had
an elevated level of seismicity since
the Murchison earthquake 86 years
ago. As recently as the early 1990s,
several magnitude 6 earthquakes
shook the lower Buller Gorge.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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A firefighter tackles a major
fire at the Central Otago Waste
Busters base in Alexandra last
night. The blaze, fuelled by
recycled materials, gutted the
20m by 28m shed which housed
the operation and the re-use shop
Flames reached up to 25m high
as fire crews from the Alexandra,
Clyde and Omakau volunteer
brigades fought the blaze.
Station officer Mark Donald,
of Alexandra, said the materials
inside the Boundary Road
building, which was used for
sorting, included cardboard and
plastics and it was too dangerous
for firefighters to tackle the fire
It was too early to identify
the cause of the blaze but a fire
investigator would be at the site
today, he said. Emergency ser vices
were called about 8pm.
Senior sergeant Ian Kerrisk, of
Alexandra, said there was nothing
to suggest it was suspicious.
Victim Support personnel were
comforting Waste Busters staff
and volunteers at the fire last
Waste Busters was on the brink
of insolvency last year and was
bailed out by the Central Otago
District Council. It was taken
over by its Wanaka counterpart
on July 1. — Otago Daily Times
Cardboard, plastics fuel recycling depot fire
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
appointed consultant will be brought in
to negotiate plans for the earthquake-
damaged Christ Church Cathedral after
four years of deadlock.
Plans for the future of Christchurch’s
landmark cathedral stalled in 2011 after
Anglican leaders came out in support of
plans to partially demolish the building.
They had faced continuing opposition
from heritage campaigners, particularly
the Great Christchurch Building
Trust (GCBT), which wanted the old
cathedral to be fully restored.
Bishop Victoria Matthews made the
announcement to a full house at the
Christ Church Transitional Cathedral
on Hereford Street last evening, Fairfax
“ In the midst of many people telling
us how to proceed, we have not wanted
disproportionate resources focused on
the cathedral especially when we have
wider responsibilities in Christian
leadership,” she said.
“ We are also aware that indecision
about the future of Christ Church
Cathedral is having a significant effect
on the re-birth of Christchurch from the
She said the consultant would “engage
with the experts” of both Church
Property Trustees (CPT) and the
GCBT before reporting back to the
“The Government does acknowledge
the need for a safe and liturgically
appropriate worship space while
recognising the city’s need for an
identifying symbol in Cathedral Square. ”
CPT had agreed to participate on
the condition it was not financially
responsible for the cost of the consultant
or any outcomes.
“ It is my hope and commitment that
before Christmas we will know the
details about the future of Christ Church
Cathedral as well as the larger diocesan
recovery plan,” Ms Matthews said.
GCBT co-chairman Jim Anderton
said the Government ’s move to bring
in an independent consultant was “very
He praised Earthquake Recovery
Minister Gerry Brownlee for playing
an important role in keeping “all the
There had not been “any major
engineering dispute” between the two
parties, but there had not previously
been an independent
involved and he was “looking forward
to this making some very significant
“ Now that we’ve got this process in
action, I’m hopeful we can make some
rapid progress,” Mr Anderton said.
“ No one will be more pleased than
us to get out of the courts and into
the construction business — or
The Church also announced Reverend
Lawrence Kimberley would be the new
dean for Christ Church Cathedral.
Mr Kimberley had been the Vicar
of the Opawa and St Martins parish
since 2011. He was previously Vicar of
Heathcote and Mount Pleasant.
The role had been empty since Dean
Lynda Patterson died suddenly last year.
Northern Irish-born Patterson, 40, died
of natural causes in her home in July
2014 after an undisclosed illness.
She was the cathedral’s first female
dean. — NZN
Four German tourists escaped major
injury after they fell 8m when a cable
on a bridge on the Lake Waikaremoana
Track gave way yesterday.
The trampers plunged into the river
A Department of Conser vation
(DOC) spokesman said one of the cables
on the the 65m-long Hopu Ruahine
bridge “released” at 1pm yesterday, Radio
New Zealand reported today.
A senior bridge engineer has been sent
to the scene to investigate the cause.
The National park is governed jointly
by DOC and Tuhoe.
DOC spokesman Mike Slater said
the bridge did not collapse and was
still standing, but the cable “release”
destabilised the bridge.
He said the trampers — who were
visitors to New Zealand — suffered
some scratches and bruises when they
fell, and were being “well-looked after”.
Mr Slater said the investigation would
be undertaken in two components, with
a look at the engineering of the bridge
and its integrity, and an examination of
earlier maintenance and checks.
The chairman of the Te Urewera board
and Tuhoe spokesman Tamati Kruger,
said it was a relief no-one was hurt.
“ We’ve asked that person (deployed
to investigate) to ascertain the cause of
the failure and that news will get to us
today,” he said.
DOC said the Lake Waikaremoana
Track was still open, but the bridge
would remain closed while it was
examined. — NZ N
Tourists fall 8m after
DOC bridge cable fails
Hello Sailor frontman Graham Brazier
has died just weeks after a heart attack
forced the cancellation of the band’s
A family spokesperson confirmed
to the Herald that Brazier died this
morning in an Auckland rehab facility
where he had been recovering from the
The 62-year-old suffered the heart
attack while on holiday in the Bay of
Islands in August and was flown to
Auckland Hospital where he under went
The group’s 40th anniversary tour
had been due to start this month, but
it was scrapped and a benefit show at
the Powerstation on September 18 was
planned to raise funds for Brazier’s
At the time of the heart attack,
Brazier’s band mate Harry Lyon said
the group had been looking for ward to
getting back on the road.
“ I know that Graham was looking
for ward to the tour, we all were, but we
wish our mate a speedy recovery and
trust we can get Hello Sailor back on
the road again in the future once he is
better,” bandmate Harry Lyon said.
“ We are all really shocked by this and
because Graham will not be able to
perform while he recuperates we have all
decided to try and raise some money to
get he and his family through a very, very
difficult time,” promoter Brent Eccles
Hello Sailor’s 1977 song Gutter Black
was used as the theme music for the
television show O utrageous Fortune.
— New Zealand Herald
Hello Sailor frontman
Graham Brazier dies at 62
Support ser vices are embracing the
family of those killed in a house fire in
Palmerston North yesterday.
A six-year-old girl and her grandmother
died in the blaze in a Housing New
Zealand house in Takaro early yesterday
The remaining nine family members
are recovering from a range of injuries,
including burns and smoke inhalation,
Newstalk ZB reported today.
Fire Ser vice and police investigators
hope to get inside the house today
to conduct a more detailed scene
examination. They hope to determine
what caused the fatal fire.
Investigations will centre on whether
the family had working smoke alarms in
the seven-bedroom double storey house.
Detective Inspector Ross McKay
said victim support ser vices are helping
the family, and the family’s school
communities are also being supported.
Rings sale bid leads to thieves
Burglars have come unstuck after
trying to sell stolen wedding rings
back to the store their victims
bought them from originally.
Louisa Neilson and her fiance
had their Whanganui home broken
into in August and about $15,000
worth of possessions stolen.
Among the items taken were
the wedding rings bought from
Michael Hill Jeweller in Victoria
Avenue in February after they got
engaged last year.
Also stolen in the daylight raid
were other items of jewellery, a
laptop, PS4 and a leather jacket, but
Ms Neilson said it was the wedding
rings that had the most sentimental
It was the rings that would end up
solving the crime.
After the theft, one of the gang
took the rings to the same Michael
Hill store they were bought from
and tried to sell them. But a staff
member at the counter recognised
the rings and knew Miss Neilson
and her fiance well.
“ He tried to keep him talking
and get the rings off him,” Miss
Neilson said. “(The offender) ended
up grabbing the bag and running
out the door. Then he went to Cash
Converters and sold them for $100.”
Staff at Michael Hill quickly
made contact with the couple,
and that incident and the CCTV
footage led to police catching the
thieves, Ms Neilson said.
She was delighted to have the
rings back and said the work of
police and staff at Michael Hill had
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
More curbs urged
on drug advertising
A study of the claims made in
pharmaceutical advertising has
sparked a call for more control to
protect prescribers and patients.
Published today in the New
Zealand Medical Journal, the
University of Otago study looked
at advertisements in industry
magazines New Zealand Doctor
and Pharmacy Today.
One third of the claims in the
advertisements had no supporting
evidence, and 35% cited at least one
randomised controlled trial.
“A high proportion
failed to meet New Zealand
claims ‘are valid and have been
substantiated’, ” the study said.
When a trial was cited, its
conclusions did not
match the claim made in the
Senior author Dr Lianne Parkin
said many doctors and pharmacists
were unlikely to have the time to
check the accuracy of claims.
The study also found the trials
cited were heavily weighted towards
those with industry sponsorship
“O ur overall findings are consistent
that the therapeutic claims made
in some advertisements are not
supported by good evidence and
might have a negative impact on
what doctors prescribe,” Dr Parkin
The study only looked at industry
magazines. New Zealand is one
of only two countries in the world
that allow direct-to-consumer
advertising in mainstream media.
“O ur findings do suggest a
need for greater monitoring of
New Zealand,” the researchers
Their call is backed in an editorial
also published in the medical
journal today, written by Otago
University academics Prof Les
Toop and Associate Prof Dee
“Given the widespread publicity
around misleading marketing,
it might be hoped readers of
the magazines containing these
advertisements would pay little or
no attention to them.
“However, the industry’s market
research suggests other wise, as do
studies of the negative influences
of marketing on prescribers.” The
public often assumed that the
vetted and checked, but that was
not the case.
“There is little regulatory control
to counter these influences.
The self-governing Advertising
Standards Authority in New
Zealand, and the self-monitoring
codes of practice — designed and
policed by industry — are both lax,
and complaints and sanctions rarely
applied,” the editorial says.
— Otago Daily Times
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