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Crash claims life
A 24-year-old man is dead after
a car crash in Southland’s Dipton
Highway on Saturday night.
Police said the single vehicle crash
happened about 11.45pm. The
serious crash unit attended the scene
and an investigation was under way.
Caravan fire fatal
A body was found inside a burned-
out caravan after a fire broke out
about 8pm in a camping ground in
Nelson on Saturday night. Police were
investigating the fire, a statement
said, and were trying to identify the
person who died. Richmond fire
chief Ralph Lonsdale told nelsonlive.
co.nz the structure “went up like a
rocket ”. Richmond volunteer brigade
members were nearby at their annual
awards dinner and could see the
smoke before the alarm was raised.
The camping ground is at the rear of
a workingman’s club and is known to
house long-term residents.
Woman critical after fall
A woman who fell from a central
Auckland building yesterday remains
in a critical condition. She was taken
to Auckland City Hospital after she
fell on to a parked car on Albert
Street, outside the Crowne Plaza
hotel, about 2.30pm. The woman was
taken to Auckland City Hospital,
and police are investigating the
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Bridge leap costs life
The body of a 23-year-old Riverton
man who jumped from the Riverton
Bridge late on Saturday has been
found, police say. Police, Coastguard,
Land Search and Rescue and the
Fire Ser vice were involved in river
and land searches after the man’s
leap about 9.30pm.
— Otago Daily Times
Four share Lotto
Four tickets, sold in Q ueenstown,
Dunedin, Lower Hutt and
Cambridge, won their holders
$250,000 each in division one of
Lotto draw No 1482. Successful
numbers were 1, 6, 12, 24, 26, 34;
bonus 33. Strike numbers were 24,
12, 6, 34. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 3. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11804:
2, 6, 11, 15, 20, 24, 32, 33, 34, 38, 39,
40, 45, 54, 55, 59, 60, 67, 69, 75. Draw
No 11805: 3, 5, 7, 16, 18, 20, 32, 33, 35,
37, 38, 41, 57, 58, 59, 60, 66, 67, 77, 80.
Draw No 11806: 8, 11, 12, 15, 20, 25,
26, 27, 32, 39, 41, 44, 47, 55, 57, 59, 66,
75, 76, 77. Draw No 11807: 1, 7, 25,
26, 35, 36, 37, 38, 42, 43, 44, 45, 49, 51,
57, 59, 65, 67, 68, 75. Draw No 11808:
3, 15, 17, 22, 27, 32, 34, 35, 47, 52, 53,
56, 59, 60, 66, 67, 71, 74, 75, 80. Draw
No 11809: 2, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21, 27, 28,
31, 37, 38, 39, 40, 43, 46, 48, 60, 67, 70,
71. Draw No 11810: 5, 21, 23, 24, 26,
27, 29, 30, 31, 37, 46, 47, 48, 56, 62, 63,
70, 76, 78, 80. Draw No 11811: 7, 9,
10, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 24, 30, 31, 38, 48,
49, 52, 65, 66, 70, 71, 75.
National library duped by $75,000 forgery
A wheelchair-bound seven-year-old
was rushed to hospital after he fell down
His Wellington family had been out for
a walk alongside him when the boy fell
down a bank near Ohakune, Palmerston
North-based rescue helicopter pilot
Chris Moody said.
It was unclear how seriously the boy
was injured, but Mr Moody said the
concern of the family and a nearby
medical centre was heightened due to
the boy already having a disability.
After being checked at the centre, the
family decided to speed up the process by
driving their son to meet the helicopter
on State highway 4 as it flew to pick
the boy up. The child was picked up at
Kakatahi, 50km inland from Whanganui,
and flown to Whanganui Hospital.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Boy in wheelchair
falls down bank
The Alexander Turnbull Library
was warned a historic painting was
forgery, but bought it anyway.
The national heritage collector paid
$75,000 at auction in 2013 for the
portrait of a Maori man, identified as
Hoani or Hamiora Maioha, signed
Czech artist Gottfried Lindauer,
who lived between 1839-1926, was
known for his accurate portraits of
Before making the purchase,
Victoria University colonial art
expert Roger Blackley had told the
library it was “strange” and a forgery.
But Turnbull’s own experts thought
the painting was genuine.
“ We backed our own judgment in
the face of an assessment from an
external expert,” chief librarian Chris
“ Differing opinions are not
uncommon in these matters, and
in this instance we went with the
library’s in-house expertise. It is now
evident that we were wrong.”
The forgery was confirmed when
Auckland Art gallery conser vator
Sarah Hillary inspected it this year
as part of preparations for a book on
She found the painting contained
titanium dioxide, which was not
available when Lindauer was
painting, and that the brushwork
was rough compared with Lindauer’s
The library was disappointed and
police have been told, Mr Szekely said.
The painting has been removed
from display while police investigate.
New Zealanders most famous
forger, Karl Sim died in 2013. He
had copied 62 artists including,
Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Lindauer
and Goldie. — NZ N
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The FV Jubilee.
Five divers are on their way to scour
the water for crew members of a fishing
vessel that went missing near Canterbury
in a storm yesterday.
A boat was located on the seabed
last night but three crew from the FV
Jubilee, who sent out a distress call
during “brutal” weather about 4.30am
yesterday, have still not been found.
Canterbury police said five members of
the Wellington-based police dive squad
would help with the recovery phase of
the operation today.
Inspector Craig McKay said a
commercial fishing vessel located an
“ item of interest ” near the FV Jubilee’s
last known position using sonar
Two Coastguard crew members, a
representative from Canterbury search
and rescue and five police divers were
making their way to the location late this
morning, he said.
The boat was sitting on the seabed
about 40m below the surface — and
it would depend on weather and sea
conditions if divers would be sent in as
the tide drops, he said.
“ While the wind has dropped there are
still 1.5m southerly swells in the area,”
Mr McKay said.
“The dive squad will assess the
conditions when they reach the site
and hope to be able to deploy their
radial sonar to verify whether the item
of interest is the FV Jubilee and it ’s
orientation to the seabed.
“ If the item is consistent with that
of the FV Jubilee the additional data
will be assessed along with the weather
conditions and sea state before putting
any divers in the water.”
The recovery was an ongoing process,
It was too early to say whether the item
of interest was the FV Jubilee but its
location was consistent with the boat ’s
last known position.
Andrew Stark, chief executive of the
vessel’s operater Ocean Fisheries, last
night he confirmed the wreck’s discovery.
“ It’s very close to where the Mayday
position was given, so our fishing boats
have found it. ”
Mr Stark acknowledged the news
was tough, but said it would help the
authorities to piece together what had
“ It gives the police dive team a starting
point (today), which is good. Yeah, it ’s
another step in the process,” he said.
Severe weather conditions hampered
search efforts by several boats, an
aeroplane and a helicopter, and cast
doubt on the men’s ability to sur vive at
Search efforts began at 6.30am
yesterday. A plane later spotted debris
from the Jubilee, Inspector Craig
McKay, of Canterbury police, said.
A boat taking part in the search then
recovered an empty liferaft, confirmed as
belonging to the vessel.
Fishing bins and documents were also
found, as was oil and other fluids.
The police conveyed news of the empty
liferaft’s discovery to the men’s families,
who, they said, were devastated.
By mid-afternoon, police said the
rescue phase of the operation had ended
and the “recovery” phase had begun.
The Jubilee went missing 12 nautical
miles (22km) from the Rakaia River
mouth, south of Christchurch.
Mr Stark said conditions at sea were
rough, with winds blowing up to 40
The searchers had to battle 3m swells
and choppy waters, he said.
It was not an easy search from the air
or from the sea.
The three men on board were familiar
with the Jubilee, Mr Stark said.
“They ’re all experienced with the boat. ”
One of the men on board was believed
to have family in Motueka.
The air and sea search covered about
170 square kilometres.
The Jubilee’s last-known location was
in a spot where the water was up to 45m
commercial vessels, a Westpac rescue
helicopter and an aeroplane joined the
Coastguard southern region said the
rescue boat Blue Arrow Rescue went to
the Rakaia River mouth area “in difficult
conditions” to search for sur vivors.
Coastguard Canterbury also joined the
search, heading south from Pigeon Bay
The Jubilee was launched in January
At that time, Stark Bros said the boat
would fish the “varied conditions and
fishing grounds” off the South Island
east coast, in seas from 10m to 500m
The Transport Accident Investigation
Commission has since launched an
inquiry into the sinking of the Jubilee, in
order to prevent a recurrence.
A team of two investigators have begun
gathering information and working
with search authorities and the fishing
company on an investigation plan.
The plan includes options for
inspecting the sunken vessel.
The commission said the aim was to
find out what has happened and why
in order to prevent a similar situation
happening again. — NZ ME
A homicide investigation is
under way following the death
of a 28-year-old man at an
It is understood the man was
pushed through a glass door by a
17-year-old male and died from
excessive bleeding as a result.
Police could not comment on
that but confirmed in a statement
they had been called to an
altercation at a Dee Street address
about 7.15pm on Saturday.
Detective sergeant Stu Har vey,
of Invercargill, said about 20
police staff were working on the
“ We’ve gathered preliminary
witness statements — we don’t
know what ’s correct and what ’s
not with the people we’ve spoken
to,’’ he said.
“ We don’t really want to say
anything at the moment.’’
A forensics team was at the
house yesterday and police were
hoping to complete a post-
mortem examination by today,
Mr Har vey said.
No charges had yet been laid in
relation to the incident, he said.
A St John spokesman confirmed
the 28-year-old was taken by
ambulance to Southland Hospital
where he later died from his
The spokesman could not
confirm the nature of the injuries.
The 12-room property
where the incident occurred is
understood to be a boarding
house and is on the market
through real estate company The
A company spokesman said
it did not want to comment on
the incident or the details of the
A neighbour of the house said
she was not home at the time of
the incident but people frequently
came and went from the property.
— Otago Daily Times
Death leads to homicide inquiry
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
The crime scene in Dee Street, Invercargill.
Ashley Madison blackmail has hit
Extortionists are using data hacked
from the cheating website to track
down users and demand thousands
of dollars not to inform cheaters’
partners and families.
organisation is now receiving several
reports a day, compared with none
two weeks ago.
“It ’s taken this long for the cyber
criminals to go through it (the dump
of hacked data) and match up the
Ashley Madison profiles with other
information they have on people,”
Netsafe’s executive director Martin
“So now people are getting their
specific blackmail. ”
But victims appear coy about calling
the police. Inquiries revealed that, in
the past month, just three blackmail
attempts linked to the site had been
laid with police.
Mr Cocker said the cyber criminals
were demanding amounts ranging
from $600 to $5600 after tracking
down New Zealanders who have
accounts with the website, contacting
them by phone or e-mail.
The blackmailers usually wanted
payment in bitcoin, an internet-
based currency often used by cyber
criminals because it cannot be traced.
It appeared they were operating
Netsafe did not pass the complaints
to police because the cyber criminals
would be almost impossible to catch
the resources needed would not
justify the outcome.
“I know for the people being
blackmailed that ’s a terrible thing, but
the reality is that the police have got
to chase crimes that could possibly be
resolved,” Mr Cocker said.
Some of the callers to Netsafe were
distressed, particularly those who had
secrets they did not want to become
“In the case of Ashley Madison
blackmail their options are pretty
limited,” Mr Cocker said.
recommend paying because the data
is public. It’s not as though there is
a single copy of something you could
pay to have destroyed.
“ You’d simply be buying time and
you mightn’t be buying very much
Earlier this year hackers infiltrated
the Ashley Madison site, which
encourages married people to
have an affair, exposing potentially
millions of would-be cheaters and
as many as 22,000 New Zealanders,
including those linked to schools and
Mr Cocker said it was hard to
judge how many New Zealanders
were being blackmailed based on the
numbers who decided to report to
“ It certainly won’t be all of them,”
Professor Ursula Cheer, dean-elect
of law at Canterbury University,
said the Ashley Madison blackmail
was a police matter because it was
a crime affecting New Zealand
Police could use computer forensics
experts, Interpol and agreements
with various countries, much as they
did to track down paedophiles, she
But the resources required would
mean it was unlikely they would be
The Privacy Commissioner advised
victims who receive Ashley Madison
blackmails to refer the matter to the
A spokesman said it was possible
someone could make a complaint
about the way personal information
was used under the recent Harmful
which placed greater restrictions on
using publicly available information
unfairly or unreasonably.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Blackmailers targeting sex cheats
New Zealand’s top military
science secrets are attracting
million-dollar investments from
allied defence forces.
The United States Navy has
agreed to buy six New Zealand-
created diver training systems in
a seven-figure deal. Now, New
Zealand’s Defence Technology
Agency — the main provider of
research, science and technological
support to the New Zealand
Defence Force and the Ministry of
Defence, including the SAS — is
preparing to take another secretive
project to the next level.
The DTA believes it has created
the world’s first fully-portable unit
for measuring ship signatures, the
acoustic, pressure, magnetic and
seismic “footprint ” of a vessel. The
signatures allow a ship to be picked
up by enemy radar and, potentially,
under water mines.
After more than 20 years of
research and development, the
DTA has been able to shrink a unit
the size of a 20ft shipping container
into something relative in scale to a
Its value, financially and to human
life, could prove colossal. It is
potentially destined for action with
British and American forces in the
“ We’d like to work out the
signatures of our ships to find ways
of either minimising or disguising
them, because they ’re used by
unscrupulous people to trigger
mines,” Garry Armstrong, the
DTA’s trials officer, said.
“ Most people think that stealth
stuff is special to submarines and
planes, but they ’re doing a lot of
work in designing stealth elements
into ships, especially to do with
radar and infrared.
“There is nothing on the market
like this at and the US and the
United Kingdom are keen.”
The sensors can be launched
by just two crew members and
Armstrong estimated the units
would be worth about $US500,000
Various technologies the DTA has
previously designed have attracted
the interest of the US Navy and the
DTA director Dr Brian Young
said for a relatively small military
entity, being able to commercialise
target technological developments
The agency has an annual budget
of about $10 million, the majority
spent on the salaries of its 80-plus
“The kinds of investment we’ve
already seen from the US are
significant,” Dr Young said.
“It earns international respect for
the Defence Force and is useful in
strengthening relationships with
Last week, American military
officials travelled to New Zealand
and met counterparts from here,
the UK, Australia and Canada to
discuss space-sharing activities and
increasing military partnerships.
American officials spoke of existing
and future operations.
“Coalitions and partnerships
represent a necessary step within
national security that increases
transparency, strengthens deterrence,
improves mission assurance, enhances
resilience and optimises resources
across participating nations.”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
US snaps up NZ military technology
Police are today working to
identify the body that was recovered
Officers on board police launch
Deodar located a body about
2pm but it has yet to be formally
Police had been searching the area
for Indian student Mandeep Singh,
20, who was last seen in a nightclub
at the Viaduct in the early hours of
A spokeswoman said police would
work to identify the body today.
On Friday, acting detective senior
sergeant Marcia Murray said the
search for Mr Singh in central
Auckland had failed to provide any
further lines of inquiry.
Police divers searched the harbour
for Mr Singh on Wednesday,
delaying ferry ser vices for some
“Police do now know that Mandeep
was seen on a pier in Q ueens Wharf
just after 4am on Sunday and was
alone at the time,” Ms Murray said.
“So, at this stage, unless further
information is received, we are
not treating his disappearance as
suspicious.” — NZME
Body found in Auckland harbour
rules for review
The government body that funds
New Zealand’s universities is reviewing
rules about student inducements amid
revelations one institution has offered
students ski trips and sports tickets if
Radio New Zealand
this morning that the Canterbury
University’s “Go Canterbury” package
offered to star Auckland Year 13 school
pupils included summer and winter trips,
a $5000 accommodation scholarship and
a ticket to either a Taxtic netball game or
a Crusaders rugby match.
The Tertiary Education Commission
said such inducements could breach
funding conditions and while the
Canterbury package did not break the
rules, it had prompted officials to review
The commission said the offer “stretches
the limits of the spirit and intent ” of
funding conditions that state universities
cannot offer students anything unrelated
to their qualification.
Canterbury University’s vice-chancellor
Rod Carr told Radio NZ institutions
had to attract students’ attention in a
“ What ’s happened is that quite sensibly
some of our competitor institutions have
asked a question, the (commission) has
said, ‘No we don’t think there’s a breach
of rules but we think it would be helpful
if we reminded everybody what they
were and reviewed current practice’.”
Dr Carr said about 100 Auckland
pupils were offered the deal. — N ZM E
More Toyota vehicles have been
recalled in New Zealand following the
global recall of faulty Takata airbags.
A further 7340 vehicles were being
recalled, a spokeswoman for Toyota New
In May, Toyota New Zealand said up
to 40,000 vehicles were being recalled as
part of a global recall by the Japanese car
New models in New Zealand that
were covered by the extended recall were
Yaris, Corolla, Avensis and Picnics, the
Over six million Toyota cars were being
recalled across the world.
Owners of the cars with the problematic
airbags would received a letter from
Toyota New Zealand to explain if their
car was affected.
A repair part would be made available
the airbag fixed, the spokeswoman said.
There had been no reported accidents
or incidents related to the recalls in New
Zealand or elsewhere because of the
faults. — NZ ME
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