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Smash claims life
One person died in a collision
between a car and a truck in the
Waimana Gorge in the Bay of Plenty
yesterday. Fire Ser vice spokesman
Scott Osmond said firefighters were
called to the scene at 2.14pm. The
incident occurred on State highway
2 in the gorge, between Whakatane
and Opotiki, about 1.5km south of
Stanley Road. The car driver was
believed to have died, Mr Osmond
said. — NZ ME
Crash victim named
Police have named the man who
died in a head-on collision on
Sunday in Canterbury. He was Finlay
William Dunning, 20, who lived
in the Methven area. The incident
occurred on State highway 1, Main
Road South, near Dunsandel at 5pm.
Police said a north-bound Toyota
Surf collided with the driver’s side of
a south-bound Subaru driven by Mr
Dunning. Three men from the Toyota
were injured and were kept overnight
in Christchurch Hospital. — NZM E
Finger patient stable
A man who severed a number of
fingers with an electric saw yesterday
is in a stable condition. The man, in
his 60s, was flown to Hutt Valley
Hospital following the incident, which
happened about 1pm on Sunday.
He amputated a finger and severed
two others. He had been working
with an electric saw at a house in
Collingwood. He remained in the
hospital’s plastics ward. — NZ ME
School arson charge
A man charged with the arson of a
rural Waikato school appeared in the
Hamilton District Court yesterday.
Milton Thomas Ngahere faced a
charge of arson and four charges
of intentional damage of Glen
Massey School, near Ngaruawahia.
The arson charge relates to a fire
on September 6, while the damage
charges relate to separate incidents
of smashed windows dating back to
July. Ngahere was further remanded
without plea until October for
a psychiatric report. The school
suffered moderate damage.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Lactose spill on road
Police inquiries are continuing
into how lactose was spilled for
about 5km on State highway 1 near
Oamaru on Sunday night. Police
were called at 8.50pm after reports
of lactose being spilled from a milk
tanker along about 5km of Alma-
Maheno Road, between Maheno
township and Woolshed Road in
Reidston. Firefighters cleaned up the
spill. — Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 11700:
38, 46, 51, 56, 67, 70, 75, 76. Draw No
11701: 3, 6, 10, 16, 27, 30, 31, 38, 48,
52, 54, 57, 60, 61, 62, 69, 70, 72, 75, 77.
Draw No 11702: 15, 19, 20, 21, 23, 25,
30, 32, 33, 35, 38, 49, 53, 60, 61, 63, 66,
71, 77, 79. Draw No 11703: 1, 4, 10,
13, 15, 18, 25, 27, 31, 33, 34, 37, 40, 52,
59, 61, 62, 70, 78, 79.
Migrants keep wages down — NZ First
A woman suffered serious injuries
when she was struck by a vehicle on
Karangahape Road in central Auckland
Police said the pedestrian was struck by
a vehicle in the vicinity of Howe Street.
Police were notified of the crash at
St John said the woman was taken
to Auckland Hospital in a serious
condition. — NZ ME
Woman run over
A prisoner has died at Auckland’s
Corrections Department northern
regional commissioner Jeanette Burns
confirmed the man died on Sunday
She said attending staff gave the
prisoner medical attention, but he was
pronounced dead at the scene.
A coroner’s inquest will be carried out,
and Corrections will also investigate.
Ms Burns said any death that occurred
in custody was a tragedy and the
department ’s thoughts were with the
man’s loved ones during this time.
His next of kin have been informed.
Auckland Prisons director Tom
Sherlock confirmed in a statement an
inmate died on Sunday morning.
The death was not thought to be
staff gave medical
attention.However, he was pronounced
dead at the scene,” Mr Sherlock said.
The coroner and Corrections would
investigate the death, he said.
“Any death that occurs in custody is a
tragedy.” — NZME
The Government wants more
migrants because they keep wages
down, New Zealand First says,
while the Green Party believes they
are a main reason for the economic
That is the parties’ reaction to
the latest figures which show New
Zealand had a net gain of 60,300
migrants in the year to August, the
13th straight month a record has
A booming education industry is
part of the reason, with more and
more Indian and Chinese students
arriving in the country.
NZ First ’s Ron Mark said migrants
accept inferior pay and conditions,
and employers know that.
“That was the Government ’s
“It’s an age-old trick and it is
exploiting foreign workers from
lower-wage economies,” he said
“Finance Minister Bill English
admits immigration has kept wages
Mr Mark said foreign students
trying to earn money to pay their
costs are depriving low-skilled
New Zealanders of jobs in a highly
“That can be seen by the number
of foreign workers in supermarkets
and ser vice stations, and in the
The Green Party’s Julie Anne
Genter says economic growth based
on migration is unsustainable.
“ High migration is part of
National’s facade of economic
prosperity,” she said.
activity is part of what ’s hiding
the fact that National’s economic
policies are failing.” — NZN
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The long and colourful story
of a seven-inch gun, once part
of D unedin’s coastal defences
at Fort Taiaroa, took another
turn when it arrived at the Toitu
Otago Settlers Museum by crane
There, on Saturday, it will go
on public display for the first
time in 80 years, as part of the
museum’s new Life on the Edge:
Otago Harbour Communities
Two truck-mounted cranes,
with eight and 13-tonne lifting
capacities, undertook a delicate
tandem lift to move the gun into
position inside a side roller door
at the museum.
Fairfield Transport Ltd crane
operator Craig Reilly said the
second crane was called in after
he realised it would be difficult to
move the heavy gun into position
using only one crane.
Exhibition developer William
McKee said the gun barrel was
prominently placed, near the
museum’s southern entrance, and
was likely to be a “major feature”
of the exhibition.
The seven-tonne rifled muzzle-
loading gun began life in
Dunedin as Saddle Battery at
Taiaroa Head in the mid-1880s.
It was positioned there in
response to a perceived threat of
invasion from Tsarist Russia, but
was not needed.
The gun was removed from
the city’s defences and replaced
by more modern weapons, in
1911, and was on public display
at Dunedin’s Q ueens Gardens,
until being buried there in the
mid-1930s, “during a phase of
anti-military feeling”, Mr McKee
The gun had subsequently been
“ largely forgotten about ”, but
its “enormous barrel” had been
recovered from the gardens in
2006, and restored by members of
the Antique Arms Association’s
The branch had loaned the
barrel to the museum for the
The barrel helped to tell the
story of a “now largely dormant
military community that once
thrived at Fort Taiaroa”, he said.
Association Otago branch
committee member Bill Lang,
who is also a conser vation
engineer, created the gun’s metal
mount and was pleased the gun
was going on display.
Museum curator Peter Reed
said the gun’s arrival had added
a “ buzz” to the continuing
preparations for the show, which
runs until February 28.
— Otago Daily Times
Museum rolls out big gun
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Toitu exhibition developer William McKee is dwarfed by the 7-inch muzzle-loader that was based at
Taiaroa Head in the later part of the 19th century. After being superseded it was displayed at the Queens
Gardens from 1911, then buried there in 1935. It was located and then exhumed for restoration in 2006
and is now on public display for the first time in 80 years.
Prime Minister John Key
has given a guarded view of
New Zealand’s chance of
striking the “high quality”
deal it has always sought in
the 12 nation Trans-Pacific
Partnership trade and
saying “at least it will be the
very best we can do”.
suggest a final ministerial
meeting will be held
from Saturday in Atlanta,
Georgia, to try to conclude
the TPP talks, ahead of next week’s
congregation of global leaders in New
York for the United Nations General
Assembly, where Mr Key said he would
be putting pressure to conclude TPP
high on his agenda.
Asked at his weekly post-cabinet press
conference yesterday whether New
Zealand would walk away from a new
Asia- Pacific area trade pact for lack of
a strong enough deal on dairy market
access, Mr Key said New Zealand was
still “a long way from being in the best
place we could on dairy”.
“ In the end, we will still hopefully land
in the right place. At least it will be the
very best we can do.”
Government rhetoric has until recently
stressed unwillingness to sign up to
anything other than a “high quality” TPP
deal, which would include
substantial dismantling of
barriers to trade in dairy
products, especially in three
large, protected markets:
the United States, Canada,
and Japan, none of which
have been willing to give
ground as they face strong
domestic dairy lobbies that
fear export competition.
A leading TPP opponent,
Auckland University law
professor Jane Kelsey, said
in a statement late last week
that, while there appeared
to be progress on the contentious issue
of automobile trade protectionism —
a key issue between Japan and the US
there was little sign of progress on
two other key issues: Patent extensions
for so-called biologic drugs, and dairy
“ In contrast to autos, there has been
no noise about dairy at all,” Prof Kelsey
said. “ This lends support to the view
expressed to me by informed people
in other countries that autos is the big
issue and once that is settled dairy is not
expected to delay a final agreement.
“ Put another way, (International Trade
Minister Tim) Groser is expected to
swallow the rat, rather than hold up the
deal, and wear the flak at home by saying
New Zealand couldn’t afford not to be
part of the TPPA,” she said. — NZME
A truck driver who escaped after
crashing into a cold, fast-flowing
creek before dawn is “a lucky boy”,
The truck carrying a load of potato
chips hit a bank, went through a
fence and careered back on and off
the road, hitting a tree and a fence
again, firefighters said.
The crash happened in the central
North Island at Utiku, north of
The injured truck driver arrived at
Palmerston North Hospital by rescue
helicopter about 6.51am.
Mangaweka firefighter Neil Sinclair
believed the shock of the impact or
landing in the chilly water woke the
truckie, who released his seatbelt and
managed to escape his cab.
The truck was on its side after
crashing into the creek, luckily with
the driver’s side up, Mr Sinclair said.
“ If it fell on the right hand side it
might have been a different story,” he
“ He’s pretty lucky. I was quite
surprised he got out of it and actually
walked up the hill,” he added.
An earlier report from police said
other truckies smashed the cab and
helped to rescue the crashed driver
but this was not the case, Mr Sinclair
said. However, truck drivers who saw
the wrecked truck stopped, called
111, and raced to the creek to check
on the crashed driver’s well-being.
Mr Sinclair said the injured
truckie was able to share a joke with
ambulance staff when some of his
cold, wet clothes had to be replaced.
“He was having a joke and a laugh,
saying, ‘I don’t normally get a man
to take my clothes off, it ’s normally
a woman’. ”
The driver told ambulance staff
he was a diabetic and he had visible
bruising on one of his arms.
Mr Sinclair understood the man
was nearing the end of his shift when
He said the driver was in his 50s.
Mangaweka chief fire officer Rex
Noble said the creek near Utiku
was flowing fast when the accident
Mr Noble said the truck hit a bank
up the road and the driver said he
remembered “fighting the truck” to
get back in control.
“ He’s a lucky boy though. (He) was
on his side, his left-hand side. I think
he undid his seatbelt and he dropped,
down to the bottom side and that ’s
how he got all wet. ”
The Palmerston Rescue Helicopter
crew met firefighters who brought
the injured man down the road from
“There was low cloud and rain at the
scene at Utiku so we actually picked
him up from the road ambulance who
drove south, down the road, while we
were coming north,” rescue helicopter
base manager and pilot Chris Moody
It was not certain how badly hurt
the man was, with some reports he
was seriously injured, but others
saying his injuries were moderate.
Police will investigate, and the
Rangitikei District Council was
being asked to help remove the truck
from the river. — NZME
Crashed truckie ‘lucky boy’ — firefighters
A million-dollar line-up of classic
and collectable motorcycles to be
auctioned this weekend is being
touted as a once-in-a -lifetime chance
to acquire a rare machine.
The catalogue is made up of 34
motorcycles and will go to auction
at Webb’s in Parnell, Auckland, on
Twenty bikes are from one collector,
who is freeing up space for more
Webb’s general manager Chris
Allsop said: ‘’They ’re internationally
sought-after motorbikes so they ’re
pretty rare and valuable.
‘’For New Zealand, it’s not usual that
you’d see all of those bikes together at
At least two are expected to reach
more than $100,000 — a 1950
Vincent Black Shadow and 1975 MV
The offering also includes six racing
bikes owned by former grand prix
rider Ginger Molloy.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Webb’s galleries general manager Chris Allsop leans on an MV Agusta
expected to fetch more than $100,000 at auction in Auckland on Sunday.
Chance to own a classic rarity
An elderly Auckland man who was
missing for five days has died in hospital.
William “Bill” Davies died on Sunday
at North Shore Hospital, two days after
he turned 75.
Mr Davies went missing earlier this
month from after he left a care facility
He was found on a golf course five days
During the five days he was missing he
did not have food, care or medication.
He was rushed to hospital in a serious
Police said Mr Davies died peacefully,
with his family at his side.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Man who was focus
of search dies
Police find no wrongdoing by boy
The investigation into a “tragic
incident ” which resulted in serious
head injuries to a 10-year-old boy
is nearly complete and police have
found no wrongdoing on the part
of other young boy involved.
The boys, pupils at Sacred Heart
School, in Invercargill, appear to
have been playing when the older
boy was struck with a metal fence
stake in a field at the school about
8.35am on Friday, police say.
Detective sergeant Stu Har vey,
of the Invercargill CIB, said the
investigation did not find any
malice or ill-intent on the part of
“ You can imagine two kids that
are good mates playing and they
were just mucking around,” he said.
“There was no ill intention, they
weren’t angry or anything. It was
just boys being boys.”
The victim’s condition was
improving, Mr Har vey said.
“He’s come a long way in three
days,” he said.
“ I believe they are now looking
at moving him into the children’s
ward at Dunedin Hospital.”
The nine-year-old boy involved
in the accident was still coming to
terms with it.
“ He’s still pretty upset,” Mr
Har vey said.
“The whole family is pretty upset.”
Police believed the stake came from
outside the school, but a “few final
inquiries” were needed to confirm
“At this stage, we are not 100%,
but it ’s looking like it came from
outside the school,” he said.
Police would make a decision on
its most likely origin within the
next day or so, he said.
There were no other witnesses to
the incident, which had presented
some difficulties for police.
Board of trustees’ chairman
Paul Brooks said the school had
arranged support for the nine-year-
old involved in the accident.
He could not comment on when
either of the boys would return to
school. — Otago Daily Times
Many offenders avoiding court
More than a third of New Zealand’s
offenders avoid appearing before the
courts and the Police Association
fears a generation is growing up
with no fear of consequences.
Police figures show 62.1% of
offenders ended up before the
courts in the year to July 31.
A further 37.1% of offenders
were dealt with through non-court
action and the remaining cases
were not proceeded with.
Just one in eight of those
committing public order offences
and a third who committed
abduction, harassment and related
offences were dealt with in court.
Less than half of those on theft and
related charges ended up in court.
A police spokesman said fewer
offenders were now being dealt
with through the courts for public
disorder, harassment and theft,
due to the introduction of the pre-
charge warning scheme in 2010.
A pre-charge warning was a
formal warning given after arrest
for a comparatively minor offence.
It was one way of reducing the
use of court processes for low-level
offending, while ensuring crime
was still addressed and victims were
supported, said police.
Police Association president Greg
O’Connor said the pre-charge
warning system was a response to
Government instruction to reduce
the number of people entering into
the criminal justice system.
“The consequence will be a
generation growing up with no
fear of consequences and they will
behave accordingly. ”
He said going to court acted as a
deterrent, even if sentences did not.
“Now it ’s just a bit of a nuisance to
get arrested. ”
He thought the Government
would take another look at its
targets and predicted police would
start instructing front-line police to
charge more people in the not too
“I think what will happen is that,
in future, police strategies will go
the other way.
“They’ll say ‘No, we’re going to
arrest people and we’re going to put
them before the courts. We’re going
to keep them in the cells’.
“Because they ’ll realise that police
don’t arrest people for the fun of it,
they arrest them because there’s a
Mr O’Connor said the pre-charge
warning system had been effective
initially, until criminals caught on
to it. — NZME
Man dies in
A man who was believed to be
intoxicated died in police custody in
Rotorua on Saturday afternoon.
Police were called to assist ambulance
staff with the 52-year-old man in
central Rotorua about 3pm, police
He was transported to Rotorua Police
Station and another ambulance was
called after he was assessed by a police
His condition deteriorated and police
staff conducted CPR until the ambulance
arrived about 4pm.
A post-mortem examination had been
conducted to establish the man’s cause of
Inquiries to determine the man’s
movements on Saturday were ongoing,
His name will not be released until
police have told all of his next of kin.
The Independent Police Conduct
Authority has been notified of the
custody death. — NZ ME
over consent cost
A new report on rules and regulations
suggests local councils have been
unfairly blamed for the cost of building
It is among findings published today by
the Rules Reduction Taskforce.
The taskforce said council fees were low
and seemed to be a relatively small part
of the problem.
Instead the finger of blame is being
pointed at central Government and the
fees it gets from building levies.
The taskforce has found councils are
frequently, and unfairly, getting the
blame instead. — NZ ME
A man has been arrested after allegedly
making threats with a firearm in
Police deployed the armed offenders
squad to a Waima address at 3.26pm
after reports that the middle-aged man
had made threats.
He was arrested soon after without any
incident. — N Z ME-Northern Advocate
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