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A motorcyclist who crashed into a
power pole in Upper Hutt yesterday
has died. The crash happened on
Fergusson Drive, near St Patrick’s
College, about 2.20pm. The road was
closed for a time as the serious crash
unit inspected the scene. It is now
investigating. No other vehicles were
involved, police said. — NZ ME
Collision claims life
A man died after a two-car crash
in west Auckland yesterday. Police
said the driver of one of the cars died
after the collision at the intersection
of Rata and Rimu Streets in New
Lynn. It was possible the man had
suffered a heart attack before the
crash, police said. The police serious
crash unit was investigating and
conducted a scene examination.
A New Zealander is fighting for
his life in a Romanian hospital after
being electrocuted trying to take a
photo. Fergus Chetwin-Kelly, 20, is
in intensive care after he touched a
live cable in Cluj-Napoca, in north-
west Romania. The Christchurch
man is described as “globe-trotting
son, brother, grandson, nephew,
cousin and friend” on a Givealittle
page set up by his sister, Bridie,
yesterday. Mr Chetwin-Kelly was
electrocuted when he stood on a
disused rail carriage to take a photo,
and accidentally touched a live cable
above the carriage. His parents have
flown to Romania and are awaiting
details on his neurological state as
he fell on his head, the Givealittle
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Burglar takes tobacco
A man who burgled a Hamilton
dairy early on Tuesday, taking a
“ large quantity” of cigarettes and
tobacco, used a mountainbike as a
getaway vehicle. Security footage
showed a Maori man in his late
teens or early 20s entering the
Deanwell Road dairy at 3.30am.
Sergeant Jonathan Clark said the
high-quality security camera footage
was a great help to investigators. He
hoped the public would be able to
identify the man.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1479 last
night, and the prize pool jackpots.
Successful numbers were 3, 7, 14,
23, 28, 31; bonus 18. Strike numbers
were 14, 28, 23, 7. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 10. There was no division
Numbers in Keno draw No 11764: 6,
10, 17, 18, 22, 31, 35, 38, 39, 42, 49, 52,
56, 57, 61, 64, 66, 72, 73, 74. Draw No
11765: 1, 3, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28, 31, 34,
36, 43, 44, 46, 54, 64, 65, 66, 70, 74, 76.
Draw No 11766: 3, 4, 10, 14, 16, 25,
33, 37, 42, 45, 49, 52, 56, 60, 64, 65, 69,
70, 77, 78. Draw No 11767: 2, 8, 15,
16, 22, 25, 30, 40, 42, 45, 47, 50, 53, 56,
72, 74, 77, 78, 79, 80.
Solid Energy closing Huntly East mine
Travel agents are warning locals
not to be fooled by the latest scam of
“professional looking” scratchie travel
cards claiming the owner has won
The scratchies are being mailed in a
plain white envelope with Malaysian
stamps. Two scratchies are included
inside, along with a brochure with details
about the fake travel company.
The scratchies include a phone number
for “winners” to call to claim their prize.
The terms and conditions state winners
would be required to provide further
personal information for “verification
Rotorua House of Travel director Pam
Turner said scams often came in waves
and this latest spate had resulted in a
number of people calling her team about
“ We’ve had several people coming in
and calling about this scam. In one day,
we had six people call up asking if the
promotion was legitimate.”
Ms Turner said it was good people had
queried the scratchies. She hoped that, if
more people knew it was a scam, nobody
would fall for it. “ The scratchie cards and
brochure are professional looking and I
would hate for somebody to give out their
personal details and fall into the trap. All
it takes is a moment of vulnerability and
these scammers get exactly what they
want. The simple fact is, if it’s too good
to be true, it probably is.”
The scam has operated under at least
60 different company names, according
to the Department of Internal Affairs
Rotorua Flight Centre travel agent
Amanda Aldridge said: “A man came
in about a week ago inquiring about the
scratchies. We had never heard of the
company and nothing came up with a
quick Google search, so we were pretty
confident it was a scam.”
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Solid Energy has announced it is
planning to close its Huntly East
mine, after meeting with workers
The financially-stricken State-
owned mining company has given
workers 10 days to submit feedback
on the proposal.
It says the mine has no prospect of
returning to profitability.
The proposal was outlined to staff
members of the underground coal
mine this morning.
One worker, who has been at the
mine for 30 years, said all crews were
at the meeting, and that workers had
expected the closure.
Labour Party MP Nanaia Mahuta
said the closure was a sad day
for Huntly and a big blow to the
But Waikato District Mayor Allan
Sanson says there is not much the
68 staff who work at the mine could
say, and this would not come as a
surprise to them.
The market has determined the
coal is not required, and “if you
haven’t got a market, you haven’t got
a business”, he said.
Solid Energy chief executive Dan
Clifford said the mine has been
struggling financially for some
It suffered significant financial
setbacks this year, losing the contract
to sell coal to Genesis Energy for its
Huntly power station.
It also took a big cut in the income
it was receiving from the coal it sells
to New Zealand Steel’s Glenbrook
plant when the contract was
Solid Energy is in voluntary
administration after failing to be
able to pay debts of $400 million.
Last month, Solid Energy’s
creditors approved a progressive sell-
down of the company ’s assets over
the next two and a half years.
— NZ N-NZME
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A woman is in D unedin Hospital
in a serious condition after an
uncontrolled vegetation fire on
Saddle Hill yesterday.
The fire swept through 50ha
to 100ha, damaging “up to nine”
houses and forcing residents and
livestock to be evacuated.
Unseasonably hot weather and
strong, gusty winds fanned the
flames, causing the fire to jump
several roads. Smoke was dense in
places and the heat was intense.
St John Coastal Otago territory
manager Doug Third said
ambulance staff took a woman to
Dunedin Hospital in a “serious
condition”. S he remains in intensive
Further details about the woman
and her injuries could not be
Staff tended to other people at
the scene but they were not taken
to hospital. He did not know the
number of people treated.
Otago Rural Fire Authority
deputy principal rural fire officer
Jamie Cowan said seven fire
appliances and six helicopters
fought the blaze, which was
burning out of control at its height.
Three firefighters were treated
for smoke inhalation and heat
exhaustion and the fire was still
“ uncontrolled” about 6pm.
The Saddle Hill fire was the most
serious of several fires that broke
out across the region yesterday.
Near Dunback, a fire burned
100ha to 150ha of vegetation,
destroying a hay barn and
threatening four homes.
Tapanui, Clutha Valley and
Balclutha volunteer firefighters
were called to several small fires,
mainly in trees, across the Clutha
district yesterday, while in North
Otago, brigades were called to
small vegetation fires in the Weston
and Glenavy areas.
Outram station officer Fred
Donaldson said it was believed the
cause of the fire was “suspected
electrical power lines arcing”.
“S heep, and hens in a hen house,”
died in the fire, but the number of
animals dead was unknown.
Mr Donaldson said firefighters
“saved a house” in Morris Road.
“The fire came right round the
house at the back and we were
able to knock it before (it) actually
caught the house.”
Mr Donaldson said it was the
first time he had been to a fire that
threatened or damaged so many
homes at one time.
The southern fire communications
centre said last night Coalstage
Road, Saddle Hill Road, Quarry
Road and Morris Road would
remain closed until further notice.
People living on those roads would
be notified by police when it was
safe to return home.
A house in Chain Hills Road and
three houses in Coalstage Road
were damaged by fire.
Metser vice meteorologist Ciaran
Doolan said, for areas that were
already quite dry, the increase in
temperatures and the low humidity
could be a risk factor for fire
At the corner of Saddle Hill
Road and McMaster Road, the fire
threatened about five homes.
Alan Stout owns a home about
200m from where the fire burned
and, despite being advised by police
to leave, he decided to stay.
“ When I arrived (from town),
there was fire on the road (but) I
want to be able to save the house.”
Mr Stout ’s partner was at work and
he advised her not to come home
and had “left the kids in town”.
Further back in McMaster
Road, property owner Wilma
McConnachie hiked a “fair way”to
save a 20-year-old pony but left
five cats, 40 chickens and about 50
In Old Brighton Road, resident
Stu Black moved his family, five
classic cars, three horses and some
belongings to safety.
Alastair and Lesley Thompson,
who own a 29ha property behind
Mr Black, moved stock to safety.
Fairfield Pet Motels in Old
Brighton Road was also threatened
and the owner confirmed pets were
in the buildings, but would not
In the most serious North
Otago incident, a vegetation fire
threatened several sheds and a
house in Battersby Road, Enfield,
just before 4pm.
Weston chief fire officer Bevan
Koppert said the fire spread from
grass clippings the owner was
burning and “the wind was roaring
through here like a rocket ”.
Fanned by the strong winds, the
fire spread to two “out buildings”
and moved across a hedge into a
building. It then hit power lines
and blew out the transformer.
Fire crews saved the main house
and a large shed from damage.
The Wanaka Volunteer Fire
Brigade was called to a small grass
fire in Halliday Road just south of
Albert Town about noon, after tree
stumps, which had been burned,
reignited. — Otago Daily Times
Woman hur t in raging blaze
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Fire crews battling the blaze on Saddle Hill yesterday afternoon.
A group of Silver Fern Farms
shareholders who oppose the
company’s proposed joint venture
with Shanghai Maling Aquarius said
their offer of a $90 million alternative
capital raising proposal remained a
live issue just days before it goes to
Activist shareholders in Dunedin-
based Silver Fern Farms have urged
farmers to vote against Shanghai
Maling’s offer to inject $261m into
the company, which would make
it debt-free, so that the alternative
proposal can be considered.
One of the shareholders behind the
alternative capital raising, Clinton
farmer John Cochrane, said the
company was in better shape than
many had understood, and that an
alternative capital raising, through an
under written rights issue, was a viable
option. The Chinese joint venture
goes to the vote on October 16.
month, South Island
businessman John Rodwell said a
number of agribusiness companies
had clubbed together with an offer
to under write a rights issue aimed at
Silver Fern’s farmer shareholders.
Rodwell said yesterday the offer
remained. “ Nothing has changed
from my point of view,” he said. “ The
company wished to pursue a rights
issue and it required some or all of
that to be under written, and that
capacity still exists,” he said.
surrounding the Shanghai Maling
proposal pointed to a company firmly
on the rebound after suffering the
effects of collapse in sheepmeat prices
in 2013 and that was making serious
inroads into its debt.
“All this information is telling us
that our company, Silver Fern Farms,
is in a very sound operating financial
position and had the shareholders
been given this information in a more
timely manner we could have made a
more informed decision on whether
there was an appetite from the
shareholders to introduce the new
capital that the banking syndicate
are requiring,” Mr Cochrane said in
Mr Cochrane said control of the
company would be lost through the
casting vote rights given to Shanghai
Maling for the appointment of
the chief executive, approval of
the business plan, and approval of
the budget. “ This may have value
implications in time to come,” he
“ We are aware there is the capacity
for a $90m rights issue for SFF which
could be largely under written by a
group of NZ agribusinesses,” he said.
The alternative offer was for the
issue of 250 million new shares at a
list price of 40c per share — the value
weighted average price shares were
when last traded for it was before the
trading halt in late July.
All existing shareholders would
be offered 2.5 new shares for each
existing one they currently own.
There would be an opportunity to
invite current suppliers who are not
shared up to subscribe.
All new shares would have a
stamped preferential status for
five years, and derive a preferential
All shares not taken up from the
shareholders would remain with
the under writers for five years upon
which time they would convert to
Silver Fern Farms is in the middle
of a roadshow to sell farmers on the
joint venture before goes the vote and
chief executive Dean Hamilton said
last month the initial feedback had
He said he was confident that
farmers would be in favour of the
proposal, which will be decided by
way of a simple majority. Company
executives were also confident that
the bulk of the company ’s supply base
would stay with the co-op.
The search for missing
Levin boy Alex Fisher
resumed in the Waitarere
Forest at 8.30am, with
police concerns for his
welfare growing by the
It is believed Alex,
10, went missing from
Waitarere Domain on
Monday night. His family
reported him missing at 4am on Tuesday.
It is still not known who Alex was with
at that time and what he was doing in
His pencil case and inhaler have been
A man believed to be connected to the
disappearance appeared in the Levin
District Court, charged with illegally
possessing a knife in a public place —
Forest Road, Waitarere — on Monday
Forest Road is where the search for
Alex is centred.
Last night, police released footage of
Alex with his brother Eric from CCTV
images captured at the Waitarere Four
Square about 6.15pm on Monday. It was
the last confirmed sighting.
This morning 25 Defence Force
personnel from RNZAF Base Ohakea
and the Linton Military Camp joined
police staff and search and rescue
volunteers in the hunt.
Seven army vehicles, including five
light armoured vehicles, arrived from
Linton to drop off Defence Force
personnel near the entrance to the south
block search area.
The Defence Force also brought dogs
to the scene.
They will focus on areas in the south
of the forest not covered yesterday. They
will also carry out a detailed examination
of some areas which have already been
A drone was prepared for flight at the
scene. The white multi-rotor unmanned
aerial vehicle arrived in a Horizons
Rural Fire vehicle.
Door-to-door inquiries in Waitarere
will continue as police seek
further sightings of Alex
and his brother Eric.
About 300 properties
were visited yesterday.
property in Waitarere
yesterday following reports
of a break-in. Investigations
are ongoing to establish
if there is any connection
with Alex’s disappearance.
Manawatu area commander Inspector
Sarah Stewart said the public’s help was
still vital to successfully locating Alex.
“The search of that property yesterday
highlights how important it is for
everyone in the Waitarere area to report
anything suspicious or unusual to police.
“ If you haven’t yet checked your
property — particularly sheds, garages
and outbuildings — please do so as soon
as you can.
“ We again ask anyone in the Waitarere
area to look at the picture of Alex and
his brother Eric taken at the Waitarere
Four Square on Monday about 6.15pm.
If you think you saw either of them that
day or in the evening please contact us.
“ We are now into the third day of
our search for Alex and our concerns
for him only increase by the hour.
We remain extremely grateful for all
the support we’ve received from the
Waitarere community and the efforts of
the volunteers who are helping us.”
The number of people searching for
Alex has doubled today to roughly 130.
Manawatu area commander Inspector
Sarah Stewart said hundreds of
properties were being visited, and
At this point the focus was not on
searching inside houses.
Mrs Stewart said police were still
treating the operation as one of search
and rescue, and had not given up hope of
finding Alex alive.
They had not ruled out Alex being
inside a local property.
But more than 60 hours after he went
missing, there were serious concerns for
his health and safety. — NZ ME
Alternative Silver Fern funding plan pushed
Threat at third varsity
A building at Massey University
in Palmerston North was evacuated
yesterday after a threat — the third
made to New Zealand universities since
Palmerston North Police evacuated
parts of the Massey University campus
after “a threat to staff at the registry
building” at the Manawatu Campus,
police said in a statement.
It was understood the threat was a
“ Police take these threats extremely
seriously and for safety of people in the
area, evacuated parts of the campus while
they conducted a thorough search,” the
“ Police have cleared the area and while
they are satisfied there is no direct threat
to members of the university, there will
be an increase in security over the next
The incident is being investigated.
A building at Victoria University in
Wellington was evacuated yesterday
after a note threatening a bomb would
be detonated was discovered.
Officers responding to a bomb threat
at Victoria University’s campus in
Wellington found nothing suspicious.
Police confirmed shortly after 1.15pm
that no suspicious items had been
On Tuesday, a post in the on-line chat
forum 4chan claimed a mass shooting
was being planned at the University of
Otago yesterday. — NZ ME
Police stand “a good chance” of
catching the person responsible for an
on-line shooting threat at the University
of Otago yesterday, an associate professor
in information science says.
Police were still trying to track down
the person responsible for the threat,
posted by an anonymous social media
user on bulletin board 4chan just before
midnight on Monday.
“If you’re in
Dunedin, I wouldn’t recommend coming
to Otago University on Wednesday,” the
post, now been deleted, said.
“ Notes have been taken from tactics
used in other massacres and shootings, I
know what works and what doesn’t.”
Associate Prof Hank Wolfe said while
police had not yet located the culprit,
there was a good chance he or she would
be found. “Someone like this tends to be
a crackpot, governed by emotions,” Prof
Any post made on the internet could
be tracked, Prof Wolfe, who specialised
in information assurance, cryptography,
electronic forensics and sur veillance,
said. — Otago Daily Times
‘Good chance’ of tracing threat
Young killer wins fight to keep name secret
The teenager found guilty of
killing a west Auckland shopkeeper
will have his name hidden from the
public permanently because “he
does not possess the mechanisms
for dealing with the added burden
of name publication”.
The 14-year-old boy stabbed
Arun Kumar in the neck at the
Railside Dairy in Henderson on
June 10 last year. He was found
not guilty of murder but guilty of
manslaughter and was jailed for six
In July, before the youth was
sentenced at the High Court in
Auckland, Justice Graham Lang
ruled name suppression for the
teenager should be lifted. His
lawyer Maria Pecotic appealed the
The appeal was heard in the Court
of Appeal in Wellington in August
and Justices Harrison, Wild and
Miller reser ved their decision until
“The order made in the High
Court is quashed. In substitution
an order is made permanently
prohibiting publication of (the
teenager’s) name and any visual
or photographic image or any
other details likely to lead to his
identification,” the decision said.
Guys put Feilding farm on market
The rural property Scott Guy and
his brother-in-law Ewen Macdonald
once farmed together is up for sale.
Scott Guy was shot dead in his
driveway up the road in July 2010.
Macdonald, his brother-in-law, was
acquitted of his murder but remains
in jail for other offences.
Scott ’s parents Jo and Bryan Guy
are now putting the Feilding farm
on the market. The pair are not yet
sure what the next move will be as
they prepare to wave goodbye.
“ We were going to have a plan
before we sold it, but we haven’t got
that plan,” Bryan Guy said.
“ We’ve been thinking about
selling for a couple of years now
and we have had people approach
us about buying the farm, but
nothing eventuated from that.
“ Really we haven’t got anything
at all planned once it’s sold. It’s just
a matter of taking a bit of time to
reassess. We want to spend a bit
more time with the family but also
do a bit of travel if we can.”
The Guys will not be inactive.
Jo Guy blogs regularly on her
which daughter Anna, Macdonald’s
ex- wife — has just joined.
“ We’ve still got a lot of energy and
feel we don’t want to curl up and do
nothing,” Bryan Guy said.
The family farm, off Aorangi
Road, is made up of two properties
totalling about 260ha. Bryan Guy ’s
parents, Grahame and Winifred,
started out about 50 years ago on a
24ha section. — NZ ME
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