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Search called off
The search for two Owaka fishing
friends missing since last Wednesday
officially ended yesterday. Senior
constable Murray Hewitson, of
Owaka, said the search for Sam
Kopua, 77, and L ou Burling, 60,
ended without the result many had
wanted. Some in the community
would continue to search “here and
there”, he said. — Otago Daily Times
Drone crash cuts power
A drone smashed into power lines
in Whangarei cutting power to
about 200 commercial and industrial
businesses for 20 minutes. The drone
hit an overhead line on Northpower’s
distribution network on Kioreore
Road last Thursday morning.
Northpower’s public affairs manager
Steve MacMillan encouraged
operators to plan their flights so that
a separation of at least 20m from lines
was maintained. The drone caused a
flashover which resulted in it breaking
up and falling to the ground.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Fire victim named
A fire that claimed the life of a
respected member of the Tuvaluan
community in west Auckland was
caused by children playing with a
lighter, police say. Tesimale Kisona, 65,
died after trying to save children in
the unit that caught fire on Monday
night. The cause of Mr Kisona’s death
has not yet been confirmed.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Dead man recent arrival
An inmate found dead at
Paremoremo prison on Sunday
had spent just four nights at the
facility. Anthony Francis Stillwell,
34, was found dead about 1am by
Corrections staff who had been
checking on him hourly. There were
no suspicious circumstances. Stillwell
had been sentenced to 12 years’
imprisonment for a string of charges
relating to the possession and
manufacture of methamphetamine,
possession of firearms and car theft
in the Whangarei District Court
four days earlier.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Death not suspicious
The man who died in police
custody in Rotorua over the weekend
has been named as William David
Bircumshaw, 52, from Rotorua.
Mr Bircumshaw, 52, was found on
Saturday and was believed to be
intoxicated. Police were called to
assist ambulance staff and he was
taken into police custody, where staff
became concerned about his well-
being. Following a post-mortem
examination the death was not being
treated as suspicious. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 11704:
4, 30, 31, 33, 34, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 48,
51, 56, 58, 59, 64, 67, 74, 78, 80. Draw
No 11705: 2, 3, 4, 13, 14, 22, 25, 29, 37,
38, 40, 41, 47, 52, 54, 56, 58, 64, 72, 73.
Draw No 11706: 6, 8, 10, 13, 16, 24,
28, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 59, 61,
65, 68, 72. Draw No 11707: 2, 8, 10,
15, 16, 21, 25, 27, 29, 30, 32, 39, 47, 55,
66, 67, 69, 70, 77, 78.
Builders’ self-approval plan decried
Canterbury dairy company Synlait
Milk has almost halved its net profit
for the July year to $10.6 million,
driven by lower than expected sales
of the protein, lactoferrin, and its
decision to prioritise payments to
milk suppliers in a period of a very
low milk prices.
The company ’s underlying net
profit after tax was $12.2m compared
with $19.6m in the previous year.
The $10.6m net profit was after
unrealised foreign exchange losses,
which it said would be unwound in
Looking ahead, Synlait said its
performance in the current year was
“ Based on the expected increase
in volumes from both dryer three
and our blending and consumer
packaging facility, profitability will
be in advance of anything achieved
to date,” chairman Graeme Milne
said in a statement.
Revenue for the period was
$448.1m compared to $600.5m in
the previous year, largely due to falls
in dairy prices.
“The underlying net profit after
tax, while within market guidance,
was down on expectations due to
lower than anticipated lactoferrin
sales and Synlait ’s board of directors
choosing to prioritise payments to
milk suppliers in a period of a very
low milk price,” the company said.
At the same time, Synlait Milk cut
its forecast milk price for the current
2015-16 season to $5 a kilo of milk
solids from $5.50. Synlait Milk paid
its milk suppliers a total average milk
price of $4.54 per kg for the 2014-15
The company said milk prices have
fallen to unsustainably low levels,
which was reflected in the sharp
drop in revenue.
“O ur suppliers are an important
part of our business and we’ve
prioritised paying them higher
advances and final payments for
their milk, relative to our earnings, in
what has turned out to be the first of
probably two very challenging years
on farm,” Mr Milne said.
He said there would be an initial
focus in 2016 commissioning
Synlait’s third large scale spray dryer
and new quality testing laboratory in
October, but that focus would then
shift towards developing nutritional
and infant formula products with
The board had decided not to pay
The company is 39.1% owned by
China’s Bright Dairy Holding, 9.9%
by Holland’s FrieslandCampina, and
8.3% by Japan’s Mitsui and Co.
Synlait profit halved to $10 million
A cat has been shot with an arrow,
dozens of cats have gone missing, and
dogs have been poisoned in what police
fear could be a co-ordinated attack on
Constable G Singh said stories had
filtered through to police about cats
being killed in the Gonville area.
“A few weeks ago we had a report of a
cat on Alma Road that was shot with an
arrow and had to be put down.
“There have been a few incidents like
that in the past month, and that has
prompted us to investigate further,” Mr
The trend appears to be cats in
Gonville being injured or killed, cats in
Whanganui East going missing, as well
as several cases of dogs being poisoned
in Whanganui East.
He said police wanted to establish
whether there was a connection between
the incidents, and urged anyone who
had had a cat go missing in Gonville or
Whanganui East to get in touch.
“ We would also like to speak to anyone
who has had their pet poisoned or die
suspiciously during the same time-frame
and areas,” Mr Singh said.
“ We want to find out the extent of the
Mr Singh said the arrow attack on the
cat was being investigated as a stand-
alone case because of the serious nature
of the incident.
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
A proposal for builders to give
themselves the green light could leave
the door open for a repeat of the leaky
housing crisis, construction industry
Also, homeowners who went
through the saga the first time are not
backing the idea.
The Government ’s rules reduction
taskforce yesterday announced a
builders who met “certain levels of
qualification” to self-certify.
It was one of 10 recommendations
issued by the taskforce, set up to
scrutinise long-winded regulations
causing frustration for taxpayers.
Other initiatives include cutting
consent fees, defining work safety more
strongly and using better engagement
The self-certification would mean
builders could deem themselves
capable of being licensed at a certain
But Home O wners’ and Buyers’
Association president John Gray said
it might herald another leaky building
“The whole concept just sends a
shiver down my spine when I think
of the potential for houses to be built.
“Clearly there are good builders out
there but we’re left to deal with the
human grief and the financial impact
of failed buildings. This will just repeat
the same problems that we had in the
1990s where there wasn’t a lot of care
or skill applied to the construction
of houses when responding to the
He said there needed to be consumer
protection, including a mandatory
insurance-backed warranty, if the
scheme went ahead to stop “cowboys”
in the industry.
Leaky homes were still being built
— with some bringing on water at just
months old — so it was important not
to “ let the leash run slack”, Mr Gray
“That ’s what ’s happening now
and it’ll only get worse if we let the
“ We expect firm regulation around
so many aspects where people’s safety
and lives are at risk. We should not be
trying to avoid it in the construction
sector, because people’s lives are
actually at risk. We can’t afford to take
Former leaky home owner Gaye
Johnson said she would be concerned
if the initiative went ahead.
Mrs Johnson spent $600,000 fixing
her Castor Bay house after it started
leaking in 2013.
“I wouldn’t feel very happy about
that. I had a builder that I trusted, but
even so,” she said.
“Having gone through it, the
council signed off apparently on this
house originally they turned a blind
eye to various things and now they’re
very rigorous. The builder would have
to be responsible if something was
wrong but then the thing is that they
seem to be able to go out of business
Bruce Kenny, another homeowner
who paid hundreds of thousands to
fix his leaking Meadowbank home,
said he was “totally against ” the idea.
“I think that’s a very, very bad idea,”
“ If they ’re a bad builder, regards to
whether or not he’s qualified, if he’s
checking himself and wants to take a
shortcut . . . there’s no double check.”
Prendos director and registered
building sur veyor Philip O’Sullivan
said he supported the idea in principle
but it was risky in the current building
environment. Mr O’Sullivan has
worked with various government
groups and industry organisations
to help resolve the leaky building
“ I think at the end of the day, yes,
it ’s a good idea but not in the current
regime. It’d be a disaster.
buildings is that people fall over
and don’t do things and then they
disappear, so I can understand why
there’s apprehension. I think part of
the problem is the system we’re trying
to do it under, it’s not going to work
But Certified Builders’ Association
of New Zealand chief executive
Grant Florence said he supported the
initiative because it would encourage
productivity in the sector.
He said another part of the
recommendation — which would
help lift builders’ skill levels — would
help stamp out any dodgy work.
“The check-off point over check-
off point, that ’s what councils do in
reality, and we’ve lived for that for
quite some time and it’s an opportune
time to really look at that.
“ I think there’s a balance to be
struck in terms of regulation and
productivity. Anything that can
improve the productivity in the
industry is good.”
Auckland Council building
consenting manager Ian McCormick
said earlier this year his workers
were already encountering serious
problems at building sites.
He said the failure rate fluctuated
but was “getting a little bit worse”.
“ We have had cases where people
have had a simple foundation for
a single-storey house, and it has
actually failed five inspections,” he
Auckland Council declined to
comment until it had a “good read-
through” of the report. — NZ M E
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A story written with scars was
told in Dunedin yesterday.
Auckland actress Jacque Drew
plays a photojournalist in the
upcoming Fortune Theatre
production Time Stands Still.
She would bear fake scars from
an injury sustained when a bomb
exploded near an Afghanistan
The first time the audience sees
Ms Drew is six weeks after the
Yesterday, she and Fortune
Theatre make-up designer George
Wallace began “figuring out ” how
to create scars with temporary
tattoos, liquid skin and make-up.
The actor’s face was transformed
from flawless to disfigured in
more than an hour.
The same disfiguring process
would be required every night of
the production’s three-week run,
starting on Saturday.
“Putting it on is the easy part.
Taking it off is the hard part
because you are pulling off tattoos
that have been made to adhere to
After the tattoos and liquid skin
were scrubbed off her face, red
marks remained, she said.
“By the end of the run, I’m
going to have a red angry face.”
She was thankful she had “the
luxury” of removing the scars each
“A lot of people don’t.”
Mr Wallace said he decided on
using tattoos because it was less
time consuming to administer
than traditional methods, such as
“That would take hours every
night and would mean I would
have to be here every night, and I
wanted to find a way Jacque could
do it herself.”
He designed the temporary scar
tattoos on Photoshop and had
them printed. The liquid skin was
used to cover the edges of the
The make-up needed to be
overdone to work on stage.
“ But under lights it will look
like it’s barely a scratch,” he
laughed. — Otago Daily Times
Actress bears scars for role in conflict
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Actor Jacque Drew reacts to seeing her scarred face for the Fortune Theatre production Time Stands
The man believed to be behind the
theft of “Little Sucker” is behind bars
after being caught in an allegedly
stolen car in Balclutha last night.
The 26-year old man was driving a
Honda Jazz when stopped by police
It appeared the car had been pulled
over as part of a routine vehicle
stop, district command centre senior
sergeant James Ure said last night.
But police realised the car they had
stopped had been reported stolen —
While “ being dealt with by police”
the man had “made admissions” that
he was responsible for the theft of the
sucker truck from D unedin last week,
Mr Ure said.
The truck, used to clear sumps and
mud traps, was taken from Barry Dell
Plumbing in South Road, Dunedin,
early last Tuesday.
It was found abandoned in
Christchurch two days later,
camouflaged with black paint.
Mr Ure said the man spent last night
at the Balclutha police station. —
Otago Daily Times
Sucker truck suspect nabbed
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
“Little Sucker”, with owners Liz and Barry Carmichael, after its return to
after fall at
A New Zealand woman on holiday
has died after reportedly falling when a
makeshift bridge collapsed at an Istanbul
hotel during a dance party.
Turkish media today reported that
Keshia Handa, 31, died after attending
a salsa party on Saturday.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (Mfat) said it was
aware of “the tragic death of a New
Zealander” in the Turkish city.
“The New Zealand Embassy in Ankara
is providing consular support to the next
of kin,” Mfat said in a statement.
“O ur thoughts are with the family at
this sad time.”
It is believed Ms Handa, who
loved Latin dance, had been living in
Queensland and her family were now in
Ms Handa was at the Grand Hotel de
Londres on the night she died, according
to Turkish media.
She travelled the world to take part in
dance parties, the Hurriyet Daily News
“ Handa and two friends arrived in
Istanbul on September 16 and checked
into a hotel in Istanbul’s Asmalimescit
neighbourhood in Beyoglu to attend
a dance party at the same hotel,” the
On Saturday, Ms Handa was with
about 200 other people on the hotel
“The accident occurred as Handa
moved away from the centre stage to get
some fresh air,” Hurriyet Daily News
She apparently stepped on a grate
placed between the hotel roof and an
adjacent apartment to create a makeshift
But the grate broke when Ms Handa
stepped on it, and she reportedly fell
Police and firefighters attended but Ms
Handa did not sur vive the fall.
Hurriyet Daily News said police
conducted a crime scene investigation.
A staff member at Grand Hotel de
Londres, where the accident reportedly
happened, said he saw no police at the
hotel this morning New Zealand time
but declined to comment further.
Hotel owner Ibrahim Huzmeli told
BGN News hotel staff were greatly
saddened after the accident.
BGN News said an official investigation
was still under way.
Ms Handa’s body was initially taken
to the local Forensic Medicine Institute
but she was expected to be repatriated
to New Zealand soon, Turkish media
The website said Ms Handa arrived
from Australia the previous week for a
In 2007, Ms Handa was in a Gujarati
play at Auckland Centennial Theatre.
Three girls expelled after fight
The school at the centre of
a vicious brawl has expelled
three students following an
Girls from Manurewa High
School were shown in shocking
footage earlier this month stomping
and punching each other, as police
tried to break up the fight.
Counties Manukau central area
commander Inspector Julia Lynch
said the fight was the latest in a
string of “absolutely disgusting”
behaviour organised by young
people on social media.
Today Principal Salvatore
Gargiulo said the board had
decided to expel three students
two seniors and one Year 11
Two more were suspended, while
six other girls had been stood down.
One of the girls expelled would
complete her exams after studying
at home, while the other two would
be helped to find new schools.
Mr Gargiulo said the fight
stemmed from bad blood between
two groups of kids. “ It had been
going on and on and on, and
unfortunately never came to our
attention or youth workers would
have been involved.”
He said the students at the school
were upset at the attention the fight
had received, and particularly the
damage it had done to Manurewa’s
“ I’ve told them in assembly the
only way to fix that is to be good
role models. This doesn’t affect our
achievement or other good working
going on in the school. We have to
have a positive mindset, park in and
move on,” he said.
Mr Gargiulo wrote a letter about
the stereotypes which affect the
schools, and how the fight did not
represent all its students.
Footage of the fight was uploaded
to Facebook and viewed more than
800,000 times, the latest in a string
of violence incidents involving high
school students to appear on-line.
Last month a mob of schoolboys
from three different schools
turned on a 19-year-old who was
picking his younger sister up from
school, when he tried to stop them
attacking a younger student.
Two students aged 17 and 18
were charged with assault for their
part in a 60-student fracas between
students from De La Salle and St
Paul’s colleges at Orakei railway
station last month.
In May, a 15-year-old girl was
arrested following an assault in
Kaikohe that was filmed and posted
In March, footage showed a girl
crying as she was hit by another
girl, before the fight was eventually
broken up by bystanders.
Police have urged parents to keep
an eye on their children, and know
who their friends were.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
The first and only man to cross the
Cook Strait in a hot air balloon has
Roland “Roly” Parsons died at Paihia
on September 17, 40 years on from his
historic journey over the Cook Strait.
Mr Parsons was in the fourth balloon
registered in New Zealand when he
crossed the strait on January 1, 1975 and
he remains the only balloonist to have
successfully achieved the feat.
The following year, he became the first
to pilot a balloon directly over the top of
Mount Cook, and later made the first
balloon crossing of the Southern Alps.
A funeral notice for Mr Parsons recalls
him as a loved brother of Steve and Mel,
Ken and Marlon, and a loved uncle of
five nieces and nephews.
A private cremation has been held.
Crash leaves one critical
A person was critically injured when a
car and truck collided in Otaua, south-
west of Pukekohe, this morning.
Inspector Ian Brooker of police
northern communications said the crash
happened about 8.45am.
The car and truck, carrying carrots,
collided on Maioro Road, Otaua. One
person was critically injured with head
injuries, Mr Brooker said.
St John said the badly person to was
flown to Middlemore Hospital by
Another person suffered moderate
injuries in the crash. — NZ ME
A Masterton man, 78, sur vived a
20m drop after losing control of his
vehicle on Bennett ’s Hill, east of
Masterton on Monday.
Police sergeant Chris Megaw said
the man is in a critical but non-life-
threatening condition in Wairarapa
He suffered arm injuries after
crashing into a boundary fence and
ending up in the paddock down
the bottom of the bank, “so a 20m
“He managed to get out of the car
himself and he was helped from the
scene and he was actually taken to
hospital by bystanders,” Mr Megaw
“ It was a short time later that
we were actually notified, so we
didn’t actually attend nor did the
ambulance as such.”
Mr Megaw said that staff from
Fulton Hogan were among those
who helped and that the man had
experienced a medical problem that
caused him to lose control of the
blue Daihatsu Terios.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Man, 78, survives 20m fall in crash
Kerikeri police are looking for a burglar
with expensive taste in meat.
On Sunday night or early Monday
morning, thieves broke in to Churchill’s
Fine Meats and Deli on the town’s
main street and made off with a large
quantity of Angus scotch fillet steak
They also stole unprocessed meat.
In a second burglary, at a Shepherds
Road home on Monday, thieves took
jewellery and electronic items.
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Burglars take expensive meat
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