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A male youth was arrested
yesterday afternoon after families
in Mount Pleasant, Christchurch
received threatening letters.
Police said the youth was charged
with two counts of extortion in
connection with writing and sending
threatening letters in June. He will
appear in the Christchurch District
Court on Thursday. Police said the
complainants had been advised.
Three hurt in crash
Three people were flown to hospital
by helicopter after a car crash on
Saturday night. Emergency ser vices
were called to Lewis Pass Road near
Hanmer Springs about 9.30pm,
where a car had rolled. It had four
occupants, three of whom needed
medical treatment for serious
injuries, a Fire Ser vice spokesman
said. Fire crews assisted St John staff
and cleared space for a helicopter
landing zone. Two helicopters flew
the injured trio to hospital. The
crash happened between Hanmer
Springs Road and Rogers Crescent.
Fire damages house
A house has been damaged
after a fire broke out early today
in Paraparaumu. Fire Ser vice
spokesman David Meikle said five
fire crews were sent to the scene of
the large fire in Riwai Street at 1am.
It took an hour to bring the fire
under control. There were no injuries
or people unaccounted for, he said.
Two trucks have collided near
Matamata. Police said the trucks
collided on the Mangawhero Bridge
on State highway 24 near Matamata
about 5.25am. No injuries were
reported, but police said one lane
of the bridge was blocked. Traffic
was delayed before the trucks were
removed. —NZ ME
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1477 on Saturday,
and the prize jackpots. Successful
numbers were 1, 18, 22, 23, 26, 34;
bonus 13. Strike numbers were 26,
34, 18, 23. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 5. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11720:
6, 8, 16, 23, 25, 29, 34, 38, 40, 44, 46,
50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 61, 63, 66, 74. Draw
No 11721: 1, 5, 9, 15, 19, 23, 26, 27, 29,
31, 32, 36, 43, 51, 54, 56, 63, 64, 75, 76.
Draw No 11722: 6, 22, 26, 27, 29, 31,
35, 36, 39, 42, 44, 50, 63, 65, 66, 69, 70,
71, 72, 78. Draw No 11723: 1, 5, 9, 15,
18, 20, 21, 33, 38, 45, 50, 54, 55, 56, 60,
63, 67, 73, 76, 77. Draw No 11724: 12,
13, 17, 19, 24, 29, 36, 38, 41, 44, 48, 52,
53, 57, 60, 64, 69, 72, 75, 76. Draw No
11725: 6, 10, 16, 20, 22, 23, 26, 34, 39,
44, 45, 46, 57, 59, 70, 73, 75, 76, 77, 80.
Draw No 11726: 3, 4, 11, 16, 18, 20,
23, 25, 27, 37, 38, 42, 43, 52, 54, 61, 67,
70, 75, 76. Draw No 11727: 3, 7, 10,
14, 26, 28, 29, 33, 34, 50, 58, 60, 61, 64,
65, 67, 69, 70, 74, 79.
Kauri exports law to be tested
Coastguard worked to secure a historic
ship which ran aground yesterday near
The MV Tuhoe ran aground about 4pm
on the coastline at Kaiapoi.
At least 11 people were on board at
the time, but all passengers were safely
removed from the vessel.
Coastguard New Zealand spokes-
woman Monique Caddy said crew
members stayed aboard last night and
were working together with members
from Coastguard Waikamakariri-Ashley
to secure the ship. According to the
Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust ’s website, the
schooner was built in 1919 and now
berths at the Kaiapoi River wharf. The
trust took ownership of the vessel in
2004. It operates cruises on the Kaiapoi
and Waimakariri Rivers.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Masterton police are investigating an
unexplained fire within 300 metres of
the police station that gutted a house and
suffocated a pet dog.
The fire in Masonic Street, Masterton,
was reported at 10.21pm on Friday.
Senior firefighter Ross Hoare said the
call came in as “persons reported” which
meant there were possibly people inside
“There was some urgency involved. ”
The fire was well alight when
firefighters arrived and nearby overhead
power lines were “arcing from the smoke
we were a bit concerned about those
Mr Hoare said a woman had been
home when the fire began at the front of
the house but “she was out the back and
hadn’t noticed it ”.
The main concern was a report that the
woman’s daughter might be in a front
bedroom of the house.
“ We used the hoses to knock out the
majority of the fire and then went in to
search for her daughter — who wasn’t
there, thankfully. ”
Mr Hoare and his partner did find a
dog who was overcome by smoke in a
back bedroom of the house.
Police attempted to resuscitate the dog
using oxygen from one of several fire
appliances present, but were unsuccessful.
A neighbour, who did not wish to be
named, said she was woken by “glowing
light ” through the curtains — both from
the fire engines and from the fire just
across the road in the narrow street.
“It was that intense.”
Another reported burn marks on their
car which was parked nearby.
Mr Hoare said if the house had been
fitted with smoke alarms, the fire would
have been discovered much earlier.
“If there had been someone in there,
they might have sur vived but it was
pretty close — touch and go.”
The CIB is investigating.
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
A Northland environmental group is
taking three government departments
to court over what it says are failures
to enforce the law on swamp kauri
The Forest Act 1949 prohibits the
export of swamp kauri unless it has
been made into a “finished product ”
but it seems no one can agree
on what a finished product is. The
Northland Environmental Protection
Society (NEPS) is challenging
decisions by the Ministry of Primary
Industries (MPI) and Customs to
allow 25 shipments of swamp kauri
out of the country over the past five
Eight of those shipments were of
table tops which NEPS claims were
lightly finished slabs intended for
further processing overseas. Other
shipments were of car vings, temple
poles, “timber shorts” and stump logs.
Stumps may be exported but not logs.
The act does not define a stump log.
NEPS chairwoman Fiona Furrell
said the group wanted to challenge
the way MPI was interpreting the
Forests Act, and in particular how it
defined a finished product.
Earlier this month Auditor-General
Lyn Provost rejected NEPS’ call for
an inquiry into the swamp kauri trade
— but backed the group’s claims that
the milling statements system, which
is supposed to make sure logs are not
extracted from protected wetlands,
was open to abuse because there were
minimal checks or inspections.
Ms Provost said those problems
had already been addressed by
improvements to MPI’s approval
system, including inspections of every
extraction site and extra staff on the
ground in Northland.
As for the definition of a finished
product, however, Ms Provost said
that was a matter for the courts to
Ms Furrell said NEPS had been
preparing its case on exactly that issue
for several months, by chance lodging
its application for an urgent judicial
review just as Ms Provost released her
A further hearing was held in the
High Court at Auckland on Friday to
settle matters around timeframes and
disclosure of evidence.
Other examples cited in the group’s
application include three logs, one
of which weighed six tonnes, which
had been lightly car ved so they could
be exported as Maori car vings and
NEPS also claims the Ministry of
Culture and Heritage should treat
swamp kauri as a protected New
Zealand object, which would require
export approval under the Protected
Objects Act 1975.
Ms Furrell said the group was lucky
to have lawyers willing to work pro
bono (without charge). A spokesman
said MPI could not comment while
the case was before the courts.
MPI guidelines state that a finished
product “must be manufactured
into its final shape and form and is
ready to be installed or used for its
intended purpose without the need
for any further machining or other
Finished products could be a
complete item or a component of
an item but did not include dressed
or rough-sawn timber, mouldings,
panelling, furniture blanks or similar
items. — N ZM E-Northern Advocate
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At the summit of the Rimutaka
Hill Road early yesterday, South
Wairarapa Mayor Adrienne
Staples, who had marched from
Featherston, acknowledged the
presence of Upper Hutt Mayor
Wayne Guppy, saying she was
technically on his ground,
and praised the 18 months of
planning that led to the march.
“ We have made it, we are here
at the summit, just as many
thousands of men have been.
“ For many, it would have been
their last journey.
“ Taking part in this march
is honouring the sacrifice they
Guest speaker former Chief
of Defence Force Lieutenant-
General Rhys Jones, asked the
audience why the army has a
habit of early morning starts.
“ Most physical hardships
can be overcome by physical
determination,” he said.
“ To march from camp, that was
to show we can do it.
“ No physical challenge was not
“ It demonstrates the challenge
that nations often have to
The ceremony ’s high point
was the unveiling of a 3m high
monument in stone and ironwork,
dedicated to the soldiers who
endured the crossing — and the
Beside the memorial, with a
catafalque guard from the 2nd
Engineer Regiment, a flag was
lowered and raised again to a
bugler’s Last Post and the Ode.
“ We will remember them,” was
The memorial was designed
by the re-enactment group and
brought to life by artist Niko
Thompson, stonemason Mike
Dunn and engineer Michael
Group member Solitaire
Robertson said Mr Dunn
donated his time free, using river
rocks donated from Higgins
She said she “teared up” when
she saw the marchers approaching
“After 18 months of work, it ’s
Jack Hayes, as regimental
sergeant-major, said the
marchers had got up “a decent
“Those old buggers in front, they
set the pace, and we had to keep
slowing them down.”
He said it was special to hear
the conversations among the
marchers, as they compared notes
on their relatives.
“There were a lot of people who
shared — that ’s why we do this.”
Masterton sergeant Chris
Megaw was among a small group
of police officers dressed in World
War One uniform.
He said his feet were “sore, I’m
not going to lie about that ”.
“And I’m cold, but it was just
NZ First MP Ron Mark did the
walk in red tab gumboots.
“The hard part was when we
would stop and we’d get cold,” he
After the formalities, the
marchers had a breakfast of
sandwiches and a hot drink,
before forming up for the
downhill march to Kaitoke.
From there, the marchers were
taken by bus to Upper Hutt for
a street parade and formalities at
Trentham Army Camp.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Sacrifice remembered at the summit
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
At the summit, the newly-unveiled memorial to the marchers is the centrepiece while the Last Post is
played. A catafalque guard from the 2nd Engineer Regiment surround the memorial.
New Zealanders need to talk about
more actively encouraging some
parents to stop having children, the
Social Development Minister says.
Discussing how the State could
inter vene to tackle child neglect and
abuse, Anne Tolley told TV One it
was “very difficult ” to stop negligent
parents having more children but
the country needed to have the
She Child, Youth and Family
(CYF) was in some cases taking
custody of up to seven children from
“ I certainly think we should be
providing more family planning,
more contraceptive advice to some
of the families that we know who are
— I mean, I know of cases that CYF
have taken the sixth and seventh baby
from,” Mrs Tolley told the Q and A
After a string of CYF overhauls,
the minister said she would fully
implement the recommendations of
an expert panel looking into children
in State care.
Mrs Tolley appointed the panel
and its final recommendations are
expected in December.
An interim report has called for an
overhaul to the way CYF is run.
Mrs Tolley told Q and A the panel
might make strong recommendations
along more aggressively pushing
contraception, and these suggestions
would have to be considered.
“I expect that they ’ll be saying,
‘ We should get much, much
faster contraceptive advice in. We
should be offering, you know, tubal
ligations, all sorts of things and
counselling those families’,” she
A tubal ligation, commonly
known as getting one’s “tubes tied”
is a permanent contraception or
sterilisation option for women.
Meanwhile, the minister ruled out
any chance of private firms looking
after neglected children.
“ I don’t think that we want to go
anywhere near that, and I have tried
to make that very clear. For anyone to
step in and take a child out of their
biological family, it can only be the
State that does that.”
Maori Party co-leader Marama
Fox said viable solutions to fix
“the horrifying reality for children
in State care” must involve Maori
communities, whanau, hapu, and iwi.
She said 60% of children in State
care were Maori.
“. . . It’s critical the State works with
Maori communities to reduce the
number of tamariki needing State
care as well as doing a much better
job of caring for them if they do end
up in the system. ”
She said it was important
programmes helped children stay
“ within the wider whanau rather
than becoming orphans of the
Fellow Maori Party co-leader
Te Ururoa Flavell sad the recent
Productivity Commission report
showed social ser vices were not
reaching vulnerable whanau, but
approaches like Whanau Ora were
making a positive difference.
“ While this report talks about
transformation change in the State
care of tamariki we need to address
the root of the problem which is the
wellbeing of whanau,” Mr Flavell
“Give a family the tools that they
need to ensure they can support a
child. We’ve seen the positive effects
of a Whanau Ora approach and the
importance of early inter vention”, he
added. — NZ ME
Tolley signals State intervention in troubled families
It is extraordinary that a
west Auckland teenager
was held in police station
cells for four days because
Child, Youth and Family
could not find a bed for her,
“terrified” listening to other
prisoners scream through
the night, and tried not
to eat or drink so she did
not have to use the toilet in
front of anyone.
A bed was eventually
found for her in a youth justice facility in
Labour’s spokeswoman for children,
Jacinda Ardern, said the problem of
capacity at residences was not new, and it
what had happened to the young woman
“ To have a young person kept in that
situation for four days is unacceptable,
and just should not have happened in the
first place. Police cells are not designed
to hold adults for long periods of time,
let alone children.
“ To learn that they don’t have available
beds for young women, it seems
extraordinary, given it is well known in
the sector that there is a growing number
of girls falling into the category of
needing to come into care and protection
because of criminal behaviour.”
Social Development Minister Anne
Tolley has been approached for
An interim report from an independent
panel on CYF, released last week, flagged
the need to investigate whether some
of the young people in youth justice
residences and care and protection
residences needed to be held there, or
whether they could be given support to
instead remain in the community.
A judge has blasted CYF for taking so
long to find the girl a bed and questioned
whether the agency was meeting its legal
obligations for young people.
Judge Lisa Tremewan said the situation
“frankly needs to stop”.
Under the law, youths can be held
in police custody only if the court is
satisfied they are likely to abscond or be
violent or if CYF does not have suitable
facilities to detain them. CYF must try
to find a bed for them at a youth facility.
The 16-year-old girl, who
cannot be named for legal
reasons, was arrested for
the first time in May and
charged with common
assault, resisting arrest,
possession of utensils for
cannabis and disorderly
behaviour. On September
10, she was arrested for
Her lawyer, Jenny Verry,
said she had been recently
diagnosed with attention
disorder (ADHD) and
that was behind much of her alleged
After the teenager’s arrest, she was
taken to the Henderson police station.
CYF was notified, but as there was no
bed available in the Auckland youth
justice facility, she had to stay put.
When the girl appeared in the
Waitakere District Court on September
14, Judge Tremewan was disturbed to
hear she was still in police custody.
“ In my view this is unacceptable,” she
said. “ I am very concerned that you
have been at the police station since last
Thursday night. That is not a suitable
arrangement for you. I would have
thought that something suitable would
have been arranged by now.”
The judge ordered CYF to find the girl
a bed “immediately”.
Mrs Verry said sending girls out of
Auckland was “a huge problem” and a rise
in female offending was partly to blame.
“There’s not enough beds committed for
them. It ’s really unfair.”
CYF residential and high needs
ser vices general manager Nova Salomen
said there was “flexibility around gender
allocation of beds when the need arises”.
Ms Salomen said it was “ unfortunate”
the 16-year-old had had to be held in
“That would not have been our choice.
However, she was visited daily by a social
worker and her well-being assessed. We
are focused on the safety and well-being
of all young people at our residences as
well as our staff.”
She said the girl would have been
transferred to Palmerston North sooner,
but fog delayed her flight. “D ue to her
refusal to travel, road options were not
safe for staff.” — NZME
Teen held in police
Australia bans Brown
Singer Chris Brown has been banned
from performing in Australia following
his assault conviction for beating up ex-
girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.
Australian officials informed the
26-year-old performer that his visa
application was denied on Friday, the
Daily Telegraph on Sunday has reported.
He has 28 days to appeal.
The rejection from Australia makes it
even more unlikely Brown will be able
to perform in New Zealand as planned.
Earlier this month Brown announced a
one-off show in Auckland in December
as part of his world tour.
Hours later it was revealed the singer’s
visit could by stymied by immigration
New Zealand due to his criminal history.
Brown was denied entry into the
United Kingdom in 2010 on the grounds
of being guilty of a serious criminal
Immigration NZ confirmed the
rejection meant he could not enter New
Zealand. Now he has been rejected
from two countries, the chance of him
being granted entry her is extremely
“ If Chris Brown has been excluded
from another country he will be
ineligible to be granted a visa to enter
New Zealand unless given a special
direction,” a spokesman said.
On Friday the same spokesman said
no application had been received from
Brown for a special direction.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A truck driver was incredibly
lucky to sur vive a dramatic crash
in which a milk tanker rolled and
slid hundreds of metres down
State highway 1 north of Auckland
The usually busy highway was
closed for most of the day after the
crash near the Schollum Access
Road intersection, north of Puhoi,
The truck slid about 500m down
the road and nearly went off a
bank, a witness said. The cab of
the truck was left a mangled wreck
and rescuers spent some two hours
getting the driver out.
One witness said it was an
“absolute miracle” he sur vived.
Firefighters freed the driver from
the cab before he was flown to
hospital by rescue helicopter.
The man suffered injuries —
understood to include neck,
facial and leg injuries — and was
yesterday in a stable condition at
Auckland City Hospital.
A witness at the scene said
the truck and trailer were badly
damaged and the driver was
“se verely trapped”.
“The cab’s basically gone. It ’s an
absolute miracle he sur vived,” he
The witness said he would be
surprised if the driver was wearing a
seatbelt. He believed the driver was
tossed around the cab and could
have been crushed to death if he
had his belt on.
Police have not confirmed if the
driver was wearing a seatbelt or
not. Under the law, some people
delivering goods and people in
some goods ser vice vehicles are
exempt from wearing seatbelts.
It was understood up to 40,000
litres of milk spilled in the crash.
A slimy, slippery residue of milk
fat and diesel congealed on the
road, causing mayhem for recovery
efforts and forcing emergency
ser vices to close the highway for 13
Inspector Cornell Klussein of
police northern communications
said vehicles working to remove
the crashed truck were “skidding all
over the place”.
Cows on the road near the accident
scene caused more headaches for
authorities. Police received a report
of seven cattle on the road, not far
from where the tanker had crashed,
yesterday afternoon. — NZ ME
Driver badly hurt in tanker crash
A man who drove his car off Portobello
Road into Otago Harbour yesterday
later received further bad news that it
had caught fire while on the tow truck.
It is understood the driver was trying
to swat a bee that had flown through
the window of the Suzuki Vitara before
it left the road at The Cove about noon,
but police were unable to confirm this.
The man escaped without injury.
The day got worse for the car owner
about 2.30pm when the sodden car,
which had been winched out by Reilly’s
Towage and Salvage, caught fire in
Willis Street while being transported to
the company ’s garage.
Tow truck driver Robert Williams said
it was “mainly smoke” but he “got a hell
of a fright ”.
City station officer Steve Clarke said
the “probable cause” of the fire was an
The fire was not in the engine so it was
probably a short circuit in the dash, he
Staff members from City Glass and
Glazing helped put the fire out.
— Otago Daily Times
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