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Gadsby suffering cancer
Comedian and children’s writer
Jon Gadsby has been diagnosed with
cancer. The 61-year-old is understood
to be undergoing treatment and now
his family is rallying to be by his
side. “Jon and his family are grateful
for the excellent care he is receiving
from the medical profession and for
the good wishes and prayers from
the community,” a family statement
to Stuff.co.nz said. “His family
respectfully request privacy so they
can focus on Jon and his treatment
and supporting him through this.”
Gadsby, based in Christchurch, has
been a well-known face on television
for many years, having first appeared
on the comedy show A Week of It in
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Crash victim named
Police have released the name of a
man killed in a crash in Southland
over the weekend. He was 24-year-
old David Sandri, from Lumsden.
Bridge leaper identified
A young man who’s body was
recovered from a river on Sunday has
been identified by police. Jade Rangi
Cooper, 24, of Riverton, reportedly
jumped from the Riverton Bridge on
Saturday night. The Riverton Bridge
is about 30km from Invercargill.
Police name dead man
Police have named a 28-year-old
man who died following an incident
in Invercargill. He was Andrew
Michael Maugham, of Invercargill.
Police confirmed in a statement they
were called to an altercation at a Dee
Street property about 7.15pm on
Saturday. Mr Maugham was taken
to Southland Hospital, where he
later died, a St John spokesman said.
He could not confirm the nature of
the injuries. Police are continuing an
investigation. — Otago Daily Times
Scrub fire suspicious
Arson is suspected after firefighters
spent much of Sunday night battling
a blaze in scrub and tall eucalyptus
and pine trees at a reser ve on the
outskirts of Gisborne. If found to
be arson, the blaze at Waihirere
Domain will be the sixth suspicious
fire in Gisborne in little more than
a month. A hillside in the domain
was well ablaze when the first fire
crews arrived after receiving a call
about 6.45pm. Two fire appliances
and a tanker from the Gisborne fire
station, tankers from country stations
Patutahi and Te Karaka, and five
rural fire units, supported by two
helicopters battled the blaze.
— NZ ME -Gisborne Herald
Numbers in Keno draw No 11812: 2,
13, 15, 20, 21, 22, 26, 28, 33, 39, 44, 47,
50, 52, 59, 63, 68, 71, 72, 74. Draw No
11813: 1, 9, 13, 20, 21, 24, 27, 29, 41,
45, 49, 51, 55, 57, 62, 65, 68, 74, 75, 80.
Draw No 11814: 8, 13, 23, 24, 28, 37,
42, 43, 44, 49, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63, 65, 67,
69, 70, 79. Draw No 11815: 1, 2, 3, 4,
9, 11, 28, 29, 33, 34, 37, 44, 48, 56, 58,
59, 64, 69, 75, 80.
Current NZ flag in pole position
The Supreme Court has unanimously
dismissed the appeal of Queenstown
bouncer Jonathan Dixon, who sought to
have his conviction quashed for illegally
taking CCTV footage of then England
rugby vice-captain and royal husband
Dixon was convicted in the Invercargill
District Court after taking CCTV
footage of Tindall socialising with a
woman in a Q ueenstown bar where
Dixon worked security, during the 2011
Rugby World Cup.
He attempted, unsuccessfully, to sell
the footage to overseas media and
eventually posted it on a video-sharing
site. He was subsequently found guilty
of accessing a computer system for a
dishonest purpose and sentenced to four
months’ community detention and 300
hours of community work.
He appealed the conviction and
sentence to the Appeal Court, which
quashed his conviction for obtaining
“property” and substituted a conviction
on the basis he obtained a “benefit ”. His
sentence appeal was dismissed.
Dixon appealed that decision to the
Supreme Court saying the lower court
had “erred” in dismissing his appeal.
In a decision released this morning,
the Supreme Court agreed the court had
erred, but not to Dixon’s benefit.
The Supreme Court’s decision said it
considered whether his trial miscarried
and found it had not.
— Otago Daily Times
Police will decide today if they can
resume the search for three missing crew
off the FV Jubilee.
Yesterday, a police dive squad involved
in the effort to retrieve the vessel and its
missing crew were forced to turn back
because of a mechanical issue on their
Five members of the police dive squad,
based in Wellington, were heading to
the site where search teams located the
missing Jubilee on Sunday night, sitting
on the seabed 40m below the surface.
The boat and its crew were caught up in
a storm in the early hours of Sunday and
made a Mayday call about 4.30am.
The dive squad’s Blue Arrow — a
Coastguard vessel — returned to Akaroa
yesterday because of the unforseen
mechanical issue. — NZ M E
None of the alternative national
flags are likely to pose a challenge
to the existing flag in upcoming
referenda, a new poll shows.
The sur vey by UMR Research
revealed that Kyle Lockwood’s
two silver fern flags were the most
popular choices out of the alternative
An alternative flag will be chosen
from five designs through a single
transferable vote system next
month, in which voters list their
preferences from one to five. If no
flag receives more than 50% of the
first preferences, the least popular
flags will be eliminated until one
design wins half of the votes.
In the UMR sur vey, 36% of
respondents picked Mr Lockwood’s
silver fern (red, white and blue) as
their first preference.
Mr Lockwood’s silver fern (black,
white and blue) won 33 per cent of
the vote, ahead of Aaron D ustin’s red
peak on 18%, Alofi Kanter’s silver
fern (black and white) on 7%, and
Andrew Fyfe’s koru on 6%.
Once the single transferable vote
method was applied, the red, white
and blue silver fern won ahead of the
black, white and blue silver fern, but
the result was within the margin of
In a head-to-head vote, the existing
national flag was much more popular
than each of the alternative flags.
The most popular alternative in
the head-to-head vote was Mr
Lockwood’s black and blue fern,
which won 35% of the vote.
The alternative designs were
chosen by a Flag Consideration
Panel from a shortlist of 10,300.
Four designs were originally chosen
by the panel before supporters of red
peak successfully lobbied Parliament
to include it on the list.
The poll of 1000 people had a
margin of error of 3.1% .
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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An Eketahuna woman has
escaped injury after falling asleep
at the wheel and crashing into a
The 20-year-old was driving
on State highway 2 between
Greytown and Carterton near
Ahikouka at about 2am yesterday
when the crash happened, traffic
sergeant Chris Megaw said.
“S he fell asleep and went off the
road and hit a power pole, but
was uninjured,” Mr Megaw said.
The woman’s 1993 Mazda sedan
crossed the road and ploughed
through a fence before coming to
a halt just before a row of trees.
The car was “pretty much a
wreck”, Mr Megaw said.
The woman was the sole
occupant of the car.
No other vehicles were involved
in the crash.
It was unclear if factors other
than fatigue had contributed to
the crash, Mr Megaw said.
Police had yet to decide if any
charges would be laid.
— NZ ME-Wairarapa Times-Age
Sleeping woman lucky to escape serious injury
PICTURE: Wairarapa Times-Age
The wreckage of the car which took out a power pole and fenceline at Ahikouka, between Greytown and
Carterton on State highway 2 in Wairarapa.
A man came within seconds of being
crushed to death in a compactor truck
after falling asleep in a cardboard
recycling cage outside a central
Hamilton Fire Ser vice senior station
officer Steve McSweeney said a recycling
truck driver had picked up and emptied
the cage into his truck outside Good
George Brewery on Somerset Street this
The driver was about to compact the
load when he heard banging coming
from inside his truck.
Mr McSweeney said they were called
to help rescue the 25-year-old man
“ We got there and just a bit down the
alleyway we saw a bloke who was in the
Mr McSweeney said the truck driver
was up the top of the truck, looking
down at the trapped man.
“ He was just standing in the bottom of
the truck and couldn’t get out. ”
Mr McSweeney said the truck driver
told them he had picked up the cage and
emptied it into his recycling truck, and
placed the cage back down before slowly
driving off to get the next cage.
“The driver was going down the
alleyway to pick up another one and he
heard this banging from the inside of his
bin and was about to press the button
to squash the load and thought, ‘That ’s
“ He opened up the lid, on the top of
his truck, and there was a guy standing
Mr McSweeney said the man was
“ lucky not to have been squashed”.
He could not confirm if the man was
drunk or not, but he was very sheepish
when asked how he came to be inside
the recycling bin.
“ He’s hurt his pride more than
When asked if the man said anything,
Mr McSweeney said he was a bit coy.
“ He was very quiet, very sheepish.”
The man climbed out of bin using the
Fire Ser vice extension ladder.
“ It wouldn’t have been nice that one —
he can thank his lucky stars. ”
Waikato police spokesman Andrew
McAlley said local Work Safe staff had
been told about the incident.
He said officers attended the “near
miss” at a Hamilton bar but could not
comment any further.
“ It was a near miss and Work Safe local
staff have been briefed,” he said.
It is understood the man works several
jobs and decided to have a nap in the
recycling cage, covering himself up with
cardboard to keep warm.
A source said he did not wake up until
he was almost at arm’s length of the
blade inside the truck, which had the
power to possibly squash him to death.
The rubbish truck was operated by
Enviro Waste and the recycling cage is
owned by Fullcircle Recycling.
Fullcircle spokeswoman Stephanie
Mackie said she had been informed
about the incident but could not
comment because the full details were
An Enviro Waste employee said chief
executive officer Gary Saunders was not
able to comment.
A Work Safe spokesman said he
understood it was a “no injury incident ”
but was investigating to find out more.
Good George director Daryl Hadley
said the brewery was closed night and
was unaware of the cage the man slept in
was on his premises or not.
“ It (the sleep) was free of charge if it
was,” he joked.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A fast-food employee who believed
she was fired after bringing her
iPad to work because the owner felt
“threatened” she would take photos
of recipes has been awarded $4000 in
lost wages and compensation.
Christina Jemmett was employed
part-time at a takeaway bar in
Waikari in 2014 and was praised by
owner Robin Saunders as “one of his
But the relationship broke down
on December 12 when there was
an altercation about Ms Jemmett
having her iPad out and open in the
She has since taken an unjustified
dismissal case to the Employment
Relations Authority (ERA), which
released its findings into a series of
disputes at the workplace this month.
ERA member James Crichton said
Mr Saunders’s objection to the iPad
was “not so much that Ms Jemmett
was more interested in the iPad than
she was in working but rather that he
thought Ms Jemmett might use the
iPad for some improper purpose like
photographing his recipes”.
Mr Saunders said he “felt threatened
by the iPad” but his reasons why were
not clear, Mr Crichton said.
The iPad was not switched on at the
Ms Jemmett said she felt very
uncomfortable after the altercation
and told Mr Saunders she would not
come in to work the next day — but
was then told not to bother coming
in for the weekend either.
She took the statement to mean she
had been dismissed and did not go in
to work at the weekend.
Mr Saunders later told Ms Jemmett
she had not been dismissed and she
returned to work — only to have
another misunderstanding over leave
on Boxing Day.
She called Mr Saunders multiple
times throughout the day about
not working but had no response,
returning to work on December 27
when she was allegedly “fired on the
Mr Saunders said she “ badgered”
him three times about her status as an
employee while he was dealing with
a customer, and he eventually replied
that she was dismissed.
He told the ERA he had health
issues and, as a result of several
strokes, his short-term memory was
Ms Jemmett had never received
an employment agreement at the
Mr Crichton said he had “no
hesitation in concluding that Ms
Jemmett was unjustifiably dismissed”
but that she had contributed to the
circumstances around her personal
grievance by asking Mr Saunders
repeatedly whether she was still
“However, I have to accept that
given the difficulties Ms Jemmett had
had in engaging with Mr Saunders,
difficulties which I think can be
attributed to his significant ill health,
it is understandable that she would
want to get her position clear.” He
said the lost wages and compensation
Ms Jemmett was entitled to would
be challenging for Mr Saunders who
“operates a very small business in a
very small town”.
Ms Jemmett was awarded $4000 to
be paid by Mr Saunders over time.
Woman fired for bringing iPad to work
Dunedin’s “booming” tourism
demand has driven an inner-city hotel
to nearly double its capacity, with 30
four-star hotel rooms to open next year.
The rooms will take the capacity of
Victoria Hotel in St Andrews Street
from 42 to 72.
The new rooms will be housed in a
purpose-built, three-storey building
beside the existing hotel.
A central canopy will connect the
new building to the old.
Hotel owner and manager Leo Pan
said yesterday the new building would
open by the end of October next year.
Rooms would include studios, two-
bedroom apartments, and an executive
suite, with spa, large lounge and high-
The hotel would also offer a
gymnasium for the first time, he said.
When Mr Pan and his father bought
the hotel in 2010, it was in need of
significant renovation, he said.
The credit crunch of 2008 had had a
severe effect on tourist numbers.
But five years later the existing hotel
had been extensively upgraded and
Dunedin’s “booming” tourism industry
meant it was the right time to invest,
Mr Pan said.
In time all its original 42 rooms
would be brought up to four-star
Last year “the timing felt right” to
The expansion would create new
jobs, Mr Pan said, but it was too early
to say how many.
The hotel’s duty manager, Ben
Cochrane, said the expansion reflected
demand across Dunedin’s hotels.
“ We’ve noticed a massive increase in
“ Figures have spiked over the last
couple of years.
“ We figured it was time to take the
next step and expand. ”
— Otago Daily Times
Hotel’s four-star expansion
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Victoria Hotel duty manager Ben Cochrane stands where a three-storey
hotel expansion will open late next year.
Farm prices falling
Farm prices are falling but the
next few months will be critical in
determining whether the trend is
The median price per hectare for
all farms sold in the three months to
September was $26,020 compared
with $26,000 for the three months
to September 2014 — a gain of
0.1%, Real Estate Institute of New
Zealand (REINZ) said in its latest
However, the median price per
hectare fell by 6.6% compared to
REINZ’s all farm price index
fell by 7.6% in the three months
to September, compared with the
three months to August. Against
September last year, the index fell
The index adjusts for differences
in farm size, location and farming
type, unlike the median price per
hectare, which does not adjust for
The institute’s dairy farm price
index fell 8.2% in the three months
to September compared with the
three months to August. Compared
with September last year, the index
fell by 17.6% .
ANZ rural economist Con
Williams said it was difficult to
determine a definite trend at this
time of year, because of the low
number of properties typically
offered around this time of year.
“The next quarter will really tell
whether the land market has re-
set,” he said.
REINZ rural spokesman Brian
Peacocke said the indices tended
to be volatile over July, August and
“A lot of the decline will relate
to volumes being low at this time
of the year — which is about the
peak time for farmers’ workloads
with lambing and calving,” he
“The low volumes tends to
throw the index out, and they can
exaggerate movements,” he said.
The institute was waiting to see
what happens this month and
November to see whether there
was any consistency to the price
adjustment, Mr Peacocke said.
“ What we have seen is that the
very good properties held their
value well while the second tier
properties have tended to move
around a bit,” he said.
for beef and lamb, and a slow
turnaround in the dairy industry
were combining to lift morale in
the rural sector, he said.
For the three months ended
September, the median sales price
per hectare for dairy farms was
$25,108 compared to $26,906 for
the three months ended August
2015, and $40,462 for the three
months ended September 2014.
The median dairy farm size for the
three months ended September was
Overall, there were 337 farm
sales in the three months ended
September 2015, compared to 387
farm sales for the three months
ended August 2015 (down 12.9%),
and 347 farm sales for the three
months ended September 2014.
All up, 1726 farms were sold
in the year to September, 10.1%
fewer than were sold in the year to
Grazing properties accounted for
the largest number of sales with
45.2% of all sales over the three
months to September. Finishing
properties accounted for 19.3%,
horticulture for 17.2% and arable
properties 10.1% . — N ZM E
Security van carrying cash in collision
A cash-laden security van and a
logging truck collided in Northland,
leaving two security guards with
minor injuries but no Hollywood-
style scenes of hundred-dollar
notes blowing down the highway.
The driver’s door was crushed but
the money remained secure. The
cash was transferred to another
secure van, which was quick to
arrive. The crash occurred on State
highway 1, near the top of Okaihau
Hill, about 10.30am yesterday, as the
Security North van headed south
and the empty Kaitaia Transport
logging truck travelled north.
Sergeant Dan Williams, of
Kaikohe, said the cause of the crash
was being investigated but the van
may have crossed the centre line.
Fatigue was a possible factor. The
guards were shaken so would be
inter viewed more fully later.
“If you’re feeling tired, pull over
and have a rest,” Mr Williams said.
The crash was just a few hundred
metres from Okaihau Fire Station.
Deputy fire chief Jack Winwood
said the two security guards were
treated at the scene by St John for
minor injuries. The truck driver was
The firefighters’ main task was
managing traffic on the busy stretch
of highway. The road remained
open after the accident, with both
vehicles able to be pulled to the side.
A Security North spokeswoman
said: “ We’re just happy that no one
was seriously hurt.”
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
A man whose body was found in a
burned-out caravan over the weekend
has been formally identified.
Police today named the victim as Brian
Lewis Halvorsen, 64.
Emergency ser vices were called to the
fire at the Waimea Town and Country
Club in Richmond, Nelson, about 8pm
Richmond fire chief Ralph Lonsdale
earlier said the caravan “went up like a
Police said they had completed a scene
examination and the matter would be
referred to the coroner. — NZ ME
A man taken to hospital with a bone
protruding from his leg and “serious
lacerations” was most likely involved in a
hit-and-run, police say.
He was found on Dowling St by an off-
duty nurse about midday yesterday.
Sergeant Steve Aitken of Dunedin
police, said the driver of the vehicle
had “disappeared” by the time police
He was transported to Dunedin
Hospital by police as no ambulances
were available at the time, Mr Aitken
“ We still need to locate the owner of
the vehicle so we can have a chat with
him. If anybody did witness (the hit-
and-run), we would certainly be keen to
talk to them.” — Otago Daily Times
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