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Fire crews busy
Fire crews dealt with a truck
fire on State highway 29, south of
Matamata this morning. They were
called to Te Poi shortly before 4am.
The driver was not harmed. It came
as an investigation was launched
into a fire at a two-storey home in
the Hamilton suburb of Hillcrest
last night, thought to be suspicious.
About 16 firefighters battled the
blaze, alerted by a neighbour before
1am. More than 30 firefighters
battled a blaze at a wood shed just
out of Tirau last night. — NZ ME
Sexual predator arrested
An alleged sexual predator was
arrested in Taranaki yesterday. The
36-year-old man from Hawera was
arrested for a “significant number” of
sex offences over a 20-year period,
police said. The majority of the
offending took place in the Waikato
area in the late 1990s. The man
will appear in the New Plymouth
District Court today.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Dead skier named
Police have named the man
who fell to his death on a popular
South island mountain yesterday in
conditions said to have been “quite
icy ”. Jeffery Charles Atkinson,
22, from Colorado, United States,
slipped and fell while back-country
skiing with another man near Treble
Cone. — NZ ME
Victims of crashes named
Police have named the three people
killed in separate road crashes within
48 hours in Canterbury. Aliielua
Fesili Salaivao, 38, was the only
occupant of a van which collided
with a south-bound car on D urham
Street, Christchurch, on Saturday
night. On Sunday night, Trish Anne
Beets, 44, was a passenger in a car
struck by a bus at the intersection of
Kilmore and Columbo streets. About
4.30pm on Monday, Steven Charles
Skinner, 45, was the front seat
passenger of a vehicle that rolled on
State highway 8 near Lake Pukaki.
Police say two men from the south-
bound car in Saturday ’s crash were
in a critical condition, while two
women from Monday ’s crash were in
a stable condition. — NZ ME
New air link
Sounds Air will begin a Blenheim
to Napier ser vice from November 5
with six return flights a week initially
planned. The Marlborough-based
airline’s general manager Andrew
Crawford saw it as “complementary”
to the airline’s existing ser vice from
Wellington to Picton, Blenheim,
Taupo, Westport and Nelson.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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60, 62, 64, 65, 69, 72, 73, 74, 78. Draw
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40, 42, 43, 45, 47, 54, 63, 64, 70, 71, 75,
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Victoria University evacuated after bomb threat
Dairy product prices climbed in the
latest Global Dairy Trade auction,
increasing for a fourth consecutive time
after nearly six months of declines.
The GDT average winning prices
rallied 9.9% to $US2834 ($4325), the
highest level since March, up from $2568
at the previous auction three weeks ago.
Some 35,243 tonnes of product was sold,
down from 36,050 tonnes of product
three weeks ago.
The Agri HQ 2015-16 farm gate milk
price increased 74c to $5.39 per kilo of
milk solids, compared with Fonterra’s
2015-16 milk price forecast of $4.60 .
“The lift is primarily driven by market
expectations of further gains in dairy
commodity prices through the rest of the
season,” Agri HQ dairy analyst Susan
Kilsby said in a note.
The NZX dairy derivatives market
indicates whole milk powder prices will
reach $3000 a tonne before the end of
2015 and remain above this level for the
remainder of the season. “ This is good
news for dairy farmers as $3000 a tonne
is about the price required for most farms
to break even,” Ms Kilsby said in a note.
Butter milk powder jumped 13.8% to
$1945 a tonne, while skim milk powder, a
key product for Westland Milk Products,
gained 13.4% to $2267 ($3460) a tonne.
Whole milk powder, a major product
for Fonterra, increased 12.9% to $2824
($4310) a tonne, while anhydrous milk
fat climbed 9.9% to $3763 a tonne.
Lactose added 5.9% to $524 a tonne,
while rennet casein advanced 4.0% to
$6048 a tonne, and cheddar increased
0.5% to $3234 a tonne. Butter slipped
2.3% to $3037 a tonne. — NZME
A man arrested after trying to enter a
Christchurch Work and Income office
with a gun is behind bars.
Mitchell Moulton, 32, appeared in the
Christchurch District Court yesterday
afternoon and was ordered to stay in
custody until his next appearance.
Moulton was spotted carrying a firearm
outside the Linwood Winz office on
Aldwins Road yesterday morning. He
is charged with discharging a pistol
in a public place, possession of a pistol
and possession of cannabis, and is yet to
enter pleas. Superintendent John Price
said police were called to the office about
“The man failed to gain entry to the
office and fled the scene in a vehicle,” he
Police stopped the vehicle about
9.15am as it travelled along Ferry Road
near the intersection with Ensors Road.
After a short foot chase Moulton was
arrested without incident.
Nobody was injured but the Linwood
Winz was closed while police spoke with
staff and early yesterday all other Winz
offices were placed in lock-down.
A building at Victoria University’s
campus in Wellington was evacuated
early this afternoon after a bomb
Police said a note threatening the
detonation of a bomb in the Murphy
Building had been discovered.
“ Police take these threats very
seriously and for safety have
evacuated the (building) while
a thorough search of the area is
undertaken,” a police statement said.
The public has been asked to avoid
Kelburn Parade for the next few
hours while police conducted their
The Wellington district crime squad
was leading the criminal investigation.
The threat comes after an on-line
post threatening a shooting at Otago
University’s campus in Dunedin
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
An unmarked police car in Albany Street outside the University of Otago.
Students are being warned that pranks
and “small jokes” at Otago University
will be taken seriously today following
an on-line shooting threat.
Police are urging students and staff
to stay alert as the Dunedin campus
opened as usual this morning.
Acting area commander Inspector
Mel Aitken said at a press conference
this morning the investigation into the
threat was continuing.
Police had yet to identify the origin of
the threat, she said.
“A number” of police staff were present
on university campus, but Ms Aitken
said she could not discuss the steps
police were taking to address the threat.
Police warned against any pranks,
including “small jokes between friends”,
saying they would be taken seriously.
Police were also urging people to
“remain alert and vigilant ” and to
continue coming for ward with any
information about the possible origin of
The police presence on campus would
continue until they felt it was no longer
necessary, Ms Aitken said.
A student, who asked to remain
anonymous, said this morning she had
never seen the library so empty at exam
“ Usually it’d be absolutely packed,” she
said. “ You usually can’t get a seat.”
The student said she was “staying
alert . . . I’m not walking around with
“ But I wouldn’t even think of staying
home, because I’ve got three exams in
nine days. ”
Another student, Kieran Duncan, 19,
said there was “hardly anyone” in the
library last night, either.
Anonymous messaging application
Yik Yak, which allows users to view
messages posted by the people around
them, was overwhelmed by messages
about the threat this morning, with
several users saying they planned to skip
University staff are declining to
comment on the matter, redirecting
all inquiries to Otago’s media
Students at Otago University hall of
residence Selwyn College, one of the
closest places of accommodation to the
university, had not been deterred by the
College warden Mike Corkery said
there was a “bit of talk about it but as
far as I know, no student has made the
decision to not attend classes”.
Mr Corkery said students were
attending classes, especially as it is the
last week of lectures before exams.
“ It ’s business as usual here. That is our
policy and the policy of the university,”
Otago University politics lecturer
Bryce Edwards said it was notable that
there were fewer students on campus,
but the students that were present
seemed “remarkably calm”.
Mr Edwards had a 9am lecture and
said attendance was slightly down but
he was surprised students turned up.
“Students didn’t seem particularly
worried about the situation and like me,
have noted it ’s been quiet and calm.”
He said there were plenty of students
walking around campus and there was a
sense of normality. He also noted there
were police on campus but they were
taking a very low-key approach.
“They (police) are wanting to foster
normalcy rather than panic that might
An Otago University Students’
Association (OUSA) spokeswoman said
the association was open as usual, “much
like the university”.
“O ur advice to students is to pay close
attention to any messages that come
through from the university of the
police,” she said.
OUSA would be posting the messages
on its Facebook page, and the university
would also be communicating via social
media and the student e-mail network.
The spokeswoman said OUSA’s student
support centre on Ethel Benjamin Place
was open as usual.
“ People are welcome to come in and
have a chat if they ’re feeling stressed,”
“A couple” of students had come in so
far, but OUSA was anticipating more
might come in “a bit later on”.
Campus, she said, was “quite quiet ”
Several University of Otago restaurants
will not open today and the central
library computer lab is largely empty.
Several students spoke of being on edge
on campus this morning after the threat
was posted by an anonymous social
media user on bulletin board 4chan just
before midnight on Monday.
Only a sprinkling of students were
seen at the university’s main computer
lab this morning, just a week out from
second semester exams.
In the link building, three restaurants
— The Fridge, Union Buffet and Orient
Express — as well as Cafe Albany, were
c losed for the day because of the threat,
university staff said.
— Otago Daily Times
A historic mansion that has
hosted politicians, royalty and
academics has been taken over by
a new kind of pedigree — a semi-
Governor Grey is a male
Burmese which arrived at Old
Government House (OGH), at
the northern end of the Auckland
University city campus, two years
ago and is still in residence.
“ He just turned up one day,”
Emma Newborn, now official
owner of Governor Grey and
custodian at OGH, said. “He was
back leg. He still sits with his leg
out to the side. ”
Ms Newborn felt sorry for the
battered and bruised cat, so she
fed him and then put him outside
for the night hoping he would
head off home.
“ But after I found him sleeping
under my car for three nights
I realised he wasn’t going to go
A vet could not find a microchip
and no one responded to
advertisements, so Governor Grey
The puss is now a keen mouse-
hunter with a very shiny coat. It is
allowed free rein of the university
grounds. It eats off antique
china. It gets the best spot in
front of the heater. Not only is
it a favourite with visitors and
students, it is attracting the most
modern kind of notoriety — on
Facebook — with 1000 friends
“He helps create a sense of a
community,” OGH staff common
room manager Tim Biggs said.
Ms Newborn said the cat
attended poetry readings,
meetings and lectures at the
house — which doubles as
the university staff common
room and has rooms for
visiting academics — but it was
particularly partial to a hunting
trip down near the gardener’s
It also likes to test the Auckland
University security guards, setting
off alarms all over campus as it
“Governor Grey takes his duties
as vice-regent very seriously and
likes to keep a close eye over his
dominion, compost heap and all,”
Ms Newborn said.
The cat is named after New
Zealand politician George Grey,
who was twice governor, from
1845-53 and from 1861-68. He
also ser ved as Premier.
Old Government House was
the seat of government until
1865, when the capital was moved
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Governor Grey is here to stay
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Old Government House custodian Emma Newborn cuddles Governor Grey, the stray cat which has
made itself at home.
Senior Labour Party politicians
are waiting for the detail of the
Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and
investment pact before declaring
whether it breaches any of the five
“ bottom lines” the party says the TPP
must meet before deciding whether to
maintain the long-standing practice
of bi-partisan political support for
Written statements from acting
Labour leader Annette King and
finance spokesman Grant Robertson
both cited the bottom lines without
saying they had been breached.
“ Too early to be sure,” Mr
Robertson said in answer to a text
question. “On land/housing sales, it
doesn’t look good, with Aussie-style
ban on purchase of existing houses
Labour’s policy does not seek the
abilty to “ ban” land sales to foreigners,
saying it wants to see a deal that
allows the New Zealand Government
to maintain “the right to restrict sales
of farm land and housing to non-
resident foreigner buyers”.
spokesman Phil Twyford has spoken
of wanting to ban house sales to
foreign buyers in the way that
Australia does, where the purchaser
is permitted to buy land only if they
are building a new home.
Leader Andrew Little is on holiday
and has not commented and the
party’s trade spokesman, David
Parker, is also out of the country.
It is clear Labour will wait for the
detail of the TPP agreement to be
released before finalising its position,
having been rocked last week by its
former leader and Prime Minister
Helen Clark’s support for TPP as too
important a regional trade pact for
New Zealand not to be part of.
The full TPP text, negotiated in secret
over more than five years, although
subject to accurate, unofficial leaks
of draft texts, will become available
publicly in the parliamentary processes
required in all 12 signatory countries
to put the agreement into action.
Mr Robertson said the TPP deal
had “failed to meet the test set by the
Government ” for dairy market access.
meaningful gains, but the dairy
industry is describing the outcome
as disappointing. When reports from
Canada say their protected dairy
sector remains mostly intact, you
know that is not a good sign.
“ While there are gains from tariff
reductions in some sectors, this
agreement was always going to be
judged on the value to our largest
export sector, and on that score it has
Along with foreign land purchase
insisting that: The drug buying
agency Pharmac must be protected;
corporations cannot successfully sue
the government for regulating in the
public interest; the Treaty of Waitangi
must be upheld; meaningful gains are
made for farmers in tariff reductions
and market access.
In her statement, Ms King said:
“ Labour supports free trade, but
the TPPA is more than just a trade
agreement. The government must come
clean now on what ‘ugly compromises’
they have made behind closed doors.”
Leading TPP opponent and
University of Auckland law professor
Jane Kelsey labelled the deal “a
travesty of democracy ”.
“The government has ignored,
insulted and lied to its citizens,” she
Trade Minister Tim Groser “always
knew he was on a hiding to nothing
on dairy,” Prof Kelsey said.
On the apparent restriction of the
patent terms for biologic medicines,
Prof Kelsey said “the compromise
language on biologic medicines
agreed between the United States
and Australia is apparently so vague
the US can and will insist that its
“Giving Big Pharma another three
years’ monopoly over the data, on
top of other changes to patents and
more leverage over decisions, will
undermine the ‘fundamentals’ of
Pharmac and blow out the medicines
she said. She predicted
“corporate lobbyists who are ‘cleared
advisers’ will get to see the deal”
before the public.
“They will be all over it and seeking
to remove what they still don’t like
and add their demands.”
Prof Kelsey said the fight over TPP
was “far from over yet.” — NZME
Jury out on TPP, says Labour
bashed in jail
The convicted killer dubbed the “Black
Widow ” has reportedly been attacked by
Helen Milner, 52, was punched in
the face and other parts of her body at
Arohata Prison on Monday, Stuff.co.nz
The Department of Corrections is
investigating the incident.
Milner was arrested in October 2011
with the murder of her husband, Philip
James Nisbet, 47, in Christchurch in
Police initially believed the death was
She is ser ving a life sentence with a
minimum non-parole period of 17 years.
The court was told Milner poisoned
Nisbet by lacing his dinner with the
sedative drug Phenergan.
Milner has maintained her innocence.
Searchers find missing boy’s inhaler
Police have found missing boy
Alex Fisher’s asthma inhaler and
his pencil case, police said this
Inspector Sarah Stewart said police
were concerned for Alex’s health
after finding the inhaler, but there
was still no evidence of foul play.
A Royal New Zealand Air Force
helicopter has been drafted in to
help in the search for a missing
10-year-old boy, who has not been
seen for more than 24 hours.
The air force chopper, from the
Ohakea base, will join a police
helicopter fitted with infrared
technology, which hit the skies at
daybreak this morning to continue
to scour the Waitarere Forest and
surrounding areas for missing
Alexander Fisher, also known as
The child went missing from a
domain near the southern block
of the Waitarere forest, north-west
of Levin, early yesterday morning.
He had been with a family member
before becoming separated, police
There was no evidence of foul
play “at this stage”, police said this
More than 50 searchers spent the
night scouring the forest ’s rugged
terrain for the missing child.
Search and rescue volunteers from
Taihape, Wanganui, Horowhenua,
Palmerston North, Wellington and
Ohakea were searching for him.
police teams from
Wellington and Whanganui with
dog units had been brought into
the area this morning to help find
Alex, police said in a statement.
Dozens of search and rescue
volunteers have joined police and
Defence Force staff this morning,
with teams gathering at Waitarere
Volunteer Fire Brigade in the
At a press conference held this
morning at the scene, Mrs Stewart
said while Alex had been in out in
the open for two nights, he was a
boy scout and knew how to look
The search had been difficult, she
“They have been searching what is
a very difficult search area with very
tight undergrowth,” she said.
The forest was large and rugged
with a lot of “dense” scrub in places.
The plan today was to research
areas of interest, Mrs Stewart said.
The family were staying away
from the search area at this stage.
“ It is an incredible difficult time
for the family. They are being as
helpful as they can. It’s really tough
for them. ”
Last night a police spokeswoman
confirmed “items thought to have
belonged to the boy have been
collected by police”.
An examination of the items
showed “no evidence of foul play
at this stage”, Ms Stewart said in a
statement issued this morning.
At the press conference, she
elaborated slightly, saying: “ There
have been a small number of items
that we know belong to him which
have helped us in focusing our
However, other items were still
being examined to see if they
belonged to the boy.
“It’s a well used part of the forest,”
Meanwhile, the young scout is
believed to be wearing clothing
which will help keep in warm. “He
is wearing a puffer jacket, has a
sweatshirt and grey track pants on.”
—NZM E-Horowhenua Chronicle
Fire investigators are looking into
a suspicious van fire on Auckland’s
Remuera Road this morning.
Northern fire communications shift
manager Daniel Nicholson said fire crew
were alerted to the fire, in front of the
Auckland Gynaecology Group at 105
Remuera Road, about 8am. “ The van was
fully involved when they arrived.”
The fire was extinguished.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Van destroyed in suspicious fire
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