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Bus-car crash fatal
A 44-year-old Christchurch
woman died after a collision
between a bus and private motor
vehicle in the city last night. Police
are investigating the crash at the
intersection of Colombo and
Kilmore Streets in the central city,
which happened about 8pm.
Collision claims life
One person is dead and two others
were seriously injured in a car crash
in Christchurch on Saturday night.
Two cars collided about 10.55pm
at the intersection of Salisbury and
Durham Streets in the central city.
Police said last night the injured pair
were taken to Christchurch Hospital.
The dead person’s name would be
released when next of kin had been
advised. — NZ ME
Woman crushed to death
A woman died after the utility
vehicle she was travelling in rolled
and crushed her. The incident
happened about 5.28pm yesterday
in the Stratford Plateau car park on
Mount Taranaki. St John district
operations manager Ian May said it
was believed the 30-year-old woman
was riding in the back of the vehicle
with two others when it rolled,
crushing her. She was flown to
Taranaki Base Hospital but died on
the way. The woman’s name has not
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Man’s body found
The body of Mosgiel man Bruce
Jenkins was found on Friday near
Milton. There were no suspicious
circumstances, D unedin police said.
Mr Jenkins, 50, was reported missing
on Thursday after leaving his home
in Mosgiel about 9.30am and failing
to arrive at work in Milton.
— Otago Daily Times
Four share Lotto
Four tickets, sold in Cromwell,
Canterbury, Onehunga and Mount
Eden, shared the division one prize
in Lotto draw No 1478 on Saturday
night. Each won $500,000 from the
$2 million jackpot prize. Successful
numbers were 1, 17, 22, 23, 26, 38;
bonus 29. Strike numbers were 22,
38, 17, 1. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 8. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11748:
6, 7, 11, 13, 29, 33, 35, 36, 37, 43, 44,
46, 48, 51, 54, 57, 66, 73, 74, 75. Draw
No 11749: 3, 5, 9, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18,
24, 25, 29, 32, 34, 39, 41, 44, 48, 67, 68,
71. Draw No 11750: 10, 15, 16, 24, 28,
31, 33, 41, 42, 49, 50, 51, 54, 63, 64, 65,
67, 69, 71, 80. Draw No 11751: 1, 3, 5,
10, 12, 16, 18, 26, 27, 39, 52, 53, 55, 57,
58, 59, 61, 67, 77, 80. Draw No 11752:
50, 59, 60, 64, 69, 73, 75, 77. Draw No
11753: 6, 11, 15, 27, 28, 36, 38, 41, 45,
46, 48, 53, 56, 65, 67, 72, 74, 76, 79, 80.
Draw No 11754: 2, 5, 6, 15, 22, 25, 40,
41, 42, 46, 54, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 66, 71,
74, 76. Draw No 11755: 2, 6, 8, 12, 22,
23, 34, 36, 38, 41, 43, 46, 47, 54, 55, 59,
61, 63, 66, 74.
Tourism NZ video shows campervan driving on wrong side of road
Bradken has confirmed 11 redundancies
at its Hillside foundry in D unedin, just
weeks after moving to a four-day week
in an attempt to save their jobs.
Staff were delivered the news at a
meeting at 7am on Tuesday, when they
were handed a list of those who would
keep their jobs and those who would
have to go, one worker said.
It is understood the 11 redundant
workers finished on Friday, although
calls to the foundry’s office were not
Bradken mining and transport group
executive general manager Bradley
Ward, speaking from Australia, said
the redundancies were the result of a
continuing downturn for the company
and its customers.
Bradken Dunedin supplied products for
the rail, forestry, heavy engineering and
manufacturing industries, but the market
continued to be “very soft ”, he said.
It had been hoped last month’s move
to a four-day week for the Hillside
foundry’s 74 staff would be temporary,
allowing them all to ride out the tough
times, but Mr Ward said it had not
He could give no guarantee further job
losses, or a complete closure, would not
News of the redundancies came
two years after Bradken took over the
Hillside foundry on a five-year lease from
Kiwi Rail, as part of a push to expand its
Amalgamated Workers’ Union New
Zealand (Southern) secretary Calvin
Fisher said the job losses were “a real
tragedy”, but also the continuation
of a trend in Dunedin. “This is just a
reflection of where manufacturing and
the blue collar trades are at.”
Those losing their jobs were “very
skilled” and would find it hard to secure
similar work in D unedin, he believed.
— Otago Daily Times
Becoming mortgage-free by the
traditional retirement age of 65 is
becoming more a hope than reality for
Research findings the Bank of New
Zealand issued yesterday shows that
almost one in three homeowners will be
older than 65 before they shake off their
That compares with 73% of younger
mortgage holders who expect to be free
of any such encumbrance by 65.
An on-line sur vey by Colmar Brunton
of 1002 people aged over 18 found three
out of five people expect to be working
past that age.
Although almost half expect to be
doing so by choice, to stay busy and active
by working at least part-time, BNZ retail
and marketing director Craig Herbison
says it is alarming how many fear they
will have to keep toiling to maintain
their desired living standards.
The sur vey has found that 15% expect
to have to stay at the coal-face to keep
paying of mortgages, and 13% to meet
other financial commitments.
Mr Herbison said it was great that
many people wanted to work past 65 to
keep busy and active.
“But we want to make sure people have
the retirement they want, not the one
they are forced to have,” he said. “ The
research found people’s expectations
change as they get older.
“ We’re very optimistic in our younger
years, but we’re forced to shift the goal
posts as we get older.”
The bank is urging people to make the
most of low interest rates to consider
making extra mortgage repayments to
knock a few years off the terms of their
“There hasn’t been a better chance since
the 1960s to get ahead and pay off your
home loan faster,” Mr Herbison said.
“Now ’s the time for people to take
a serious look at how their loan is
structured to see how much they can save
in terms of time and money.
He was concerned at the large number
of people — 63%
— whom the research
revealed did not understand how much
impact paying an extra $30 a week had
on the length of their home loans.
At current interest rates, the bank says
that could knock five years off them.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
at 65 a dream
One of New Zealand’s biggest rental
car companies has now removed a
picture from its website which shows
a motorist driving on the wrong side
of the road.
Hertz could not confirm how long
the image had been on the home
page of its website but New Zealand
country manager Mark Righton said
it got a lot of pictures off its parent
site, Hertz.com .
It comes just after Tourism New
Zealand was left scrambling to correct
a promotional video it commissioned
from American on-line videographer
Devin Super Tramp which showed a
camper van driving on the wrong side
of the road.
Tourism NZ ’s video was still
incorrect this morning.
As for Hertz, Mr Righton said it
was the first time he had seen the
image on its website.
“That ’s obviously come through
from our global site. We change our
images quite regularly, obviously,
so that ’s the first time I’ve seen that
particular shot so our marketing
department has obviously changed
that and shuffled it through and
obviously that ’s not a good one for
Hertz.co.nz. So, I will have a look
at that and we will get that fixed
considering the current environment
and trying to keep people safe.”
Mr Righton went on to do defend
the picture, stating that its ‘New
Zealand Safe Driver Tips’ were also
on its home page, directly next to the
“On that front page you’ve got the
whole NZ safe driving tips right
beside that image and clearly in that
is all the information about driving
safely in New Zealand and links
through to drive safe and the top
tips and keep left, but it’s a good
point, we just need to make sure that
our images are in line with that. It ’s
probably a new campaign that came
out on October 1. It ’s popped up and
someone hasn’t noticed that they ’ve
grabbed a slide from there.”
Bond discovered Hertz’s error this
morning — the second he has found
involving the company so far this
“ It’s just so easy to do isn’t it, from
their point of view, they get this stuff
all done in the States and it comes out
here and they just whack it in. ”
Mr Bond said it was not a good look
as there was a high crash rate in the
It is the second time he has come
across wrong driver safety information
on its website.
Mr Bond said he also got in touch
with the company and Associate
Transport Minister Craig Foss in
January after it used a picture showing
a view from the right hand side of
the road looking straight ahead on
its Safe Driving Tips New Zealand
He received a response from Mr
Foss in February, who alerted him to
the combined NZ Transport Agency
and ACC, Visiting Drivers Signature
Project, before suggesting he bring it
to Hertz’s attention.
“There was quite bit of publicity
earlier this year about the high
accident rate due to these crashes in
this area over last summer, and I’d
just rented a Hertz car in Auckland
and I don’t know why, but I thought
I’d have a look through and thought
‘gosh, this isn’t right ’.
“ We’ve got all this press about these
accidents that are caused by drivers
on the wrong side of the road and
here we are with a major rental car
company showing the wrong picture,
on their safety page. And now on
their home page.”
The picture on Hertz’s safe driving
tips was corrected earlier this year
after being contacted by Mr Bond.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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66 +0.5 14.72
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1268 +4 3.41
716 +8 176.5
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556 +1 5.84
Goodman Prop Tr
116 +0.5 53 .99
Kiwi Property Gr
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Orion Health Gr
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151 +1 31.68
Sky Network TV
383 +3 210.5
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Steel & Tube
270 +3 7.69
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Winds are easing today after
severe gales in Southland and
eastern parts of South Island
wrought havoc yesterday.
Metser vice said the strongest
winds were recorded in Moeraki,
Otago, where gusts reached
126kph. Winds were also strong at
Invercargill Airport, where 111kph
was recorded, and Kaikoura, where
115kph was recorded.
In the lower North Island, the
Rimutaka Hill between Upper
Hutt and Wairarapa recorded
Emma Blades of Metser vice
said the winds would ease today
and severe weather warnings and
watches for strong winds were
“The good news is that most of
the winds are dying out.
“There will still be some strong
gusty winds for eastern parts
of the North Island and South
Island, but the trend is it will ease.”
Philip Duncan, head weather
analyst at Weather Watch, said
winds had eased somewhat in
Dunedin while Wellington had
gusts to about 70kph.
“It may increase a little more this
morning just as the final gasp of
this this system comes through,”
Eastern parts of the country will
be in for some warm weather, Ms
Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne can
expect temperatures in the high-
20s on Wednesday.
“That is really warm for this time
of year,” she said.
Marlborough and Canterbury
will reach mid-20s tomorrow and
Wednesday, she said.
The temperatures would cool off
towards averages for this time of
year as the week ends.
Otago and Southland bore the
brunt of gale force winds yesterday,
as cars were overturned and a few
camper vans run off the road.
Airports had to divert or cancel
flights because of strong winds
In Invercargill, a number roofs
lifted off, while fire crews had a
busy day battling vegetation fires,
out-of-control burn-offs, and
helping with downed power lines.
A house was almost completely
gutted in Clyde after strong gusts
fanned the flames.
About 500 Orion customers
were without power yesterday in
Dunsandel, Rolleston and West
Almost 1500 Alpine Energy
customers were knocked off the
grid and a number are still without
Alpine Energy chief executive
Andrew Tombs insists repair
crews would be working as quickly
as possible today.
Mount Hutt skifield lost bits
of its chairlift to gusts which hit
about 220kph. — N Z ME
Winds leave trail of destruction
A photographer’s cameras and
photographic records and about
3000 books were among the
household items lost in a fire
which gutted the top storey of a
Clyde home yesterday morning.
One of the occupants of the
house, Brian Swale, left, studies
the ruins yesterday, along with
Clyde Volunteer Fire Brigade
chief fire officer Richard
Davidson and officer in charge at
the scene Matt Murphy.
Fire crews from Clyde,
Alexandra and Cromwell brigades
attended the blaze, which was
fanned by strong north-west
winds, Mr Murphy said.
Three people were in the Fache
Street house — Maggie Wardill,
74, her son and granddaughter.
All escaped safely, although Ms
Wardill was treated at the scene
for smoke inhalation.
Her husband, Brian Swale, 77,
had been at church in Alexandra
when he heard several fire sirens.
‘’I didn’t stay around for a cup
of tea, and when I got to the
Springvale Road intersection, I
thought the smoke looked pretty
close to our home. ’’
He said the family was shaken
by the fire. Although the
family’s pet rabbit had been
found by firefighters alive and
well, he had fears for the safety
of Rosie, the family’s terrier-
poodle cross dog.
All his camera gear, photos and
books had been destroyed in the
Mr Murphy said firefighters
wearing breathing apparatus
fought the fire from the lower
storey of the house as well as
from outside. The fire had started
on the upstairs balcony but the
cause was still being investigated,
High winds made things
challenging for the firefighters
and the focus was on preventing
the blaze spreading to
— Otago Daily Times
Clyde house fire fanned by winds
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
An announcement of the outcome of
Trans-Pacific Partnership discussions
has been delayed.
Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy
Minister Akira Amari told reporters
in Atlanta progress had been made
on a number of sticking points in the
agreement — including dairy, a crucial
issue for New Zealand.
“There was major progress over the
outstanding issues of pharmaceuticals,
dairy products and place-of-origin rules
for automobiles,” he said.
A press conference was initially
scheduled to be held at 9am NZT. That
was delayed to 11am NZT, and has now
been delayed until further notice.
A plenary session was held this
morning after discussion had led many
in Atlanta to think a deal was being
Peter Maybarduk, director of global
access to medicine for American-based
group Public Citizen, said earlier today
the mood was tense.
“ It’s a dramatic issue because the longer
the monopoly periods are the longer it
takes to get affordable bio-similars on
“ It’s been a tremendous debate here for
more than five years now and perhaps
today they’re reaching some kind of a
compromise or solution that won’t make
“Australia and United States seem
to have reached some sort of very
fuzzy compromise about these issues
Mr Maybarduk said the ministers for
each country will come together for a
plenary session this afternoon.
Trade Minister Tim Groser is in
Atlanta, with last hurdles in the TPP
including pharmaceutical patents and
dairy import limits.
United States negotiators wanted
a longer period of market exclusivity
for new biological drugs, but that was
resisted by Australia and other countries,
who had concerns about health care
More affordable versions of drugs are
delayed by longer protection periods.
Trade ministers from 12 countries
are negotiating the controversial pact,
which would cut trade barriers and
set common standards for 40% of the
Mr Groser was not available for
inter view, but was quoted by Reuters as
saying the drugs impasse was holding up
a deal in dairy products.
Failure to secure a deal would have
long-term implications for the US and
its trading partners, he said.
“ You can see the summit within reach
and it ’s just a question as to whether
or not you’ve got just enough political
energy to reach out and do the last little
Stephen Jacobi, executive director of
the NZ International Business Forum,
said he expected New Zealand to side
with Australia over biological drugs.
“These are all big issues (that remain).
It seems to me that there is the
momentum under way to get a deal
“ If it can’t be done, then all is not lost.
We can go on to the Apec meeting in
Manila. I think we are headed for an
outcome, what is unknown is whether it
will be tomorrow or not.”
Labour’s health spokeswoman Annette
King said caving to US pressure on
biological drugs, which can be used to
treat cancers, would be the wrong move.
She wanted assurances that the TPP
would protect Pharmac — one of
Labour’s “non-negotiable bottom lines”
if it is to support the deal.
The others are ensuring Governments
could not be sued for regulating in the
public interest and maintaining the right
to restrict farm and housing sales to
Ms King said monitoring TPP news
was “ like waiting for a new Pope”.
“ We have been waiting for the smoke
to appear out of the chimney, and what
we are getting at the moment is rumour
and people who have snippets.”
TPP talks began in 2010 but strong
public opposition to the deal here centre
on concerns about its impact, such as
making pharmaceuticals more expensive.
Thousands of people demonstrated in
August, many angry that detail of the
deal has been kept secret.
If the deal is not done by today, there
will be one last chance, at Apec in the
Philippines in November.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
South Island-based Ngai Tahu
made $109.3 million net annual
profit, down $36.1 million on last
year because of lower earthquake
damage insurance payouts.
But the value of total assets owned
by Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu and
Ngai Tahu Charitable Trust climbed
by $129m to reach $1.3 billion.
Accounts show that, although
net after-tax profit for the June 30,
2015, year was down on the previous
year’s $145.4m, assets rose from
$1,218,873,000 to $1,348,275,000
because previous profits were
reinvested, the coach, bus and charter
operation Go Bus was acquired
and a new bloodstock building in
Christchurch was finished.
Chairman Trevor Burt and chief
executive Mike Sang noted how the
latest profit was “just short of our
record profit in 2014” and Mr Sang
said last year Ngai Tahu got $33.2m
insurance payouts, which sank to only
$21,000 in the latest year.
Auckland’s Ngati Whatua is
expected to declare assets of more
than $700m when it releases
its annual result soon. In July,
Waikato-Tainui revealed how its
fortunes were steadily increasing,
up $123.6m in the past year to
Together, the three iwi businesses
now control assets of about $3.2b
and are significant property investors
in Auckland, Hamilton and
In the June year, Ngai Tahu sold
a $16m stake in Ryman Healthcare
but it still holds a stake valued about
It also completed its Go Bus
acquisition and is developing
housing estates around Christchurch
including Wigram Skies, Prestons
and Te Whariki.
Its Christchurch Central Police
Station has been demolished and
work has begun on the $150m
development project on the King
Edward Barracks site.
Mr Sang said the business paid out
$36m in the June year for education,
language programmes, redeveloping
marae, cultural revitalisation and
environmental restoration projects.
The accounts cover parent Ngai
Tahu Holdings, Ngai Tahu Property,
which has a big Christchurch
commercial and residential real estate
presence as well as forestry cutting
rights, Ngai Tahu Farming, which
owns 16,000ha of land, Ngai Tahu
Seafood, which exports lobster and
sells oysters, mussels and paua, Ngai
Tahu Tourism, which owns Shotover
Jet and has 43% of Kaikoura-based
Whale Watch, and Ngai Tahu
Capital, which owns the shares and
stakes in business.
Mr Burt said China had a big
influence on growth.
“Globally, the China market
continues to gather momentum and
has fast become the largest market
for both our seafood and tourism
businesses,” he said, adding that 26%
of Ngai Tahu Tourism’s revenue now
came from Chinese visitors.
The tourism business declared a
record $7.8m net operating surplus.
The most profitable arm was
Ngai Tahu Property, declaring
$42.38m net operating surplus and
highlighting 533 residential sections
sold in the June year, 42 ahead of
That business is enjoying 100%
occupancy of 26 managed investment
properties and has bought the cutting
rights to 22,800ha of West Coast
forests from the Crown, as well as
establishing an Auckland office “to
focus on growing geographic spread
and exploring opportunities outside
of Te Waipounamu (the South
Ngai Tahu Seafood declared
$19.72m, which it said was the
sixth consecutive record year, and is
looking to explore new food and food
product opportunities “that fit with
Ngai Tahu Capital made $8.67m
and said Go Bus was “proving to be
a solid investment ”.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Ngai Tahu assets grow but profit slips
The Fire Ser vice is facing the
difficult process of removing gas
cylinders from a burned-out truck
The truck carrying about 60
cylinders of gas caught fire about
6.40am on Quarantine Road.
An evacuation zone of 500m
around the truck was set up and the
road was closed.
Nelson Fire Ser vice station officer
Craig Davies said the truck driver
found his trailer on fire, pulled over
and called 111.
The fire was now extinguished,
but the road remained closed this
afternoon while the Fire Ser vice
deals with the gas cylinders.
Assistant area commander Des
Irving said it was difficult as some
of the cylinders have popped and
Firefighters were confident the
cylinders had cooled down but they
would have water jets on stand-by
just in case.
The scene will then be passed
over to police to investigate.
Gas cylinders in burned-out truck
A blaze the size of three rugby fields
was battled by 18 crews last evening
at the edge of the Ashley Forest in
Emergency ser vices were called to
battle the inferno at 7.10pm and 18
crews were on scene last night.
Southern fire communications shift
manager Brent Dunn said some staff
The fire was in a logging skid site on
the south-west edge of the forest, and
was about 300m by 50m when the Fire
Ser vice first arrived at the scene.
The cause was unknown and wind
made it difficult to fight, Mr Dunn said.
“ It was also unusual terrain, on the side
of a hill.
“ It ’s been a challenging day with the
weather conditions creating havoc. ”
He said other fires in the South
Island — mostly in Canterbury —
were caused by power lines being
“ We’ve had some calls come in about
roofs coming off so it ’s still blowing.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Fire crews battle forest blaze
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