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Trail of damage
A Christchurch man who allegedly
drove through the city’s eastern
suburbs damaging seven cars in
separate crashes was subdued with a
taser and arrested. Police were first
alerted to his trail of destruction
about 6.30pm yesterday with reports
of a green Holden utility vehicle
allegedly causing a crash in Linwood.
Subsequent reports indicated the
same vehicle had caused other
crashes. It was also alleged the driver
drove at people who tried to stop
him. There were no serious injuries.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Crash injuries fatal
A man who was trapped in his car
after rolling down the Hutt River
bank has died. Emergency ser vices
were called about 11.10am yesterday
after the man suffered serious
injuries. Inspector Mike Coleman
said the man in his 20s lost control of
his vehicle and hit a timber bollard.
He died at the scene after suffering
head injuries and collapsed lungs. He
was the sole occupant. — NZ M E
A female motorcyclist is in critical
condition after crashing off a cliff in
Manawatu. Emergency ser vices were
called at 2.20pm to Ruahine Road in
Mangaweka. The woman is believed
to be in her 50s. Inspector Mike
Coleman said the woman was flown
to Palmerston North hospital. Her
husband was at the scene. — N Z ME
Woman found safe
An elderly woman reported missing
from Christchurch International
Airport on Saturday has been found.
Police were urgently looking for Julia
Copeland, an 88-year-old woman
with memory difficulties, after she was
seen leaving the airport at 10am. She
was found safe in central Christchurch
on Saturday night. — NZ ME
$13m Lotto win
A ticket sold in Auckland won
its holder $13 million in Saturday’s
Lotto draw. Division one of Lotto
gave $500,000 while division one
of Powerball yielded $12,500,000.
The other Lotto division one winner
was from Christchurch. Successful
numbers were 4, 9, 20, 24, 26, 37;
bonus 7. Strike numbers were 9, 24,
37, 20. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 8.
Numbers in Keno draw No 11860:
48, 51, 52, 53, 54, 65, 71, 73. Draw No
11861: 2, 5, 13, 18, 22, 27, 34, 35, 36,
43, 48, 51, 53, 56, 65, 70, 75, 77, 78, 79.
Draw No 11862: 2, 10, 17, 19, 23, 25,
27, 33, 35, 36, 37, 39, 49, 50, 57, 61, 67,
68, 75, 76. Draw No 11863: 9, 12, 14,
24, 29, 31, 33, 36, 38, 40, 48, 51, 53, 63,
64, 68, 71, 72, 73, 78. Draw No 11864:
17, 22, 26, 32, 34, 35, 42, 43, 47, 48, 51,
56, 57, 58, 60, 62, 70, 72, 74, 78. Draw
No 11865: 5, 9, 12, 14, 20, 22, 23, 30,
31, 33, 34, 35, 40, 43, 49, 50, 56, 58, 63,
70. Draw No 11866: 1, 4, 6, 12, 13, 15,
21, 23, 26, 30, 32, 35, 36, 40, 43, 56, 58,
74, 76, 80. Draw No 11867: 4, 5, 7, 16,
17, 21, 24, 27, 28, 37, 41, 44, 47, 49, 50,
66, 71, 76, 77, 78.
New charges over Winz threat incident
A strong earthquake centred near
Taihape was widely felt around the
On Geonet more than 2400 people
reported feeling the 5.4 earthquake,
which was centred 35km north-east of
Taihape at a depth of 39 kilometres.
It struck at 6.42pm yesterday.
The GNS duty seismologist John
Ristau said given the depth of the
earthquake it was unlikely there would
be any significant aftershocks to come.
Mr Ristau said it was quite common to
have these sorts of deep earthquakes in
the area where the quake struck.
He said the depth of the tremor also
meant that it would have been felt over a
wider surface area, but not as strongly as
a shallow quake.
A police pursuit in south Auckland has
ended with the fleeing vehicle driving
into a parked car and catching fire.
The man driving suffered cuts and
his female passenger was uninjured in
the low-speed crash on Beatty Street,
Otahuhu, about 8.30am.
Counties Manukau police senior
sergeant Jeremy Field said the pursuit
started at 8am, when a motorist on the
Southern Motor way reported seeing a
woman crying and calling for help from
within a moving vehicle.
Police pursued the black sedan through
Otara and Otahuhu before it crashed
into the red Toyota Yaris and caught fire.
“The driver of the vehicle purposely
drove into a parked car,” he said.
The man received cuts from broken
glass, but was not seriously injured.
He was taken into police custody.
His female passenger was not injured.
Mr Field said a serious crash
investigation was continuing.
Fire Ser vice spokesman Jaron Phillips
said one crew was called to the scene and
extinguished a minor car fire.
It was understood the pursuit was at
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Fiery end to
A man accused of trying to enter
a Christchurch Work and Income
office with a gun and letting off
a shot outside, also threatened to
kill Winz workers, police are now
Mitchell Shane Moulton, 32,
allegedly went to the Linwood office
just before 8.45am on October 6.
He allegedly threatened security
guards before fleeing the scene.
The police armed offenders’ squad
was called out and he was later
tracked down by police, officers said
at the time.
Last month, he appeared in
the Christchurch District Court
charged with possession of a firearm,
letting off a shot, and possession of
Moulton, of Aranui, was due back
in court today.
Police have now laid three new
charges of discharging a sawn
off .22 -calibre rifle with reckless
disregard for the safety of others,
threatening to kill a named Work
and Income New Zealand worker
along with other staff, and driving
on a suspended licence.
Moulton has been remanded in
He will next appear in court via
audio visual link on November 19.
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As D unedin’s Ben Smith was
lighting up Twickenham with
the All Blacks’ final breakout try,
Dunedin students and others
were lighting up Castle Street
with a blaze of broken couches.
The Fire Ser vice was called to
about a dozen couch fires in the
city’s student district between
about 6am and noon yesterday.
But the Otago University
students said the fires were
“celebratory” and “fun” — not acts
of intentional public nuisance.
Most of the fires were on a
vacant section at 627 Castle
Street where students had spent
Saturday building a makeshift
grandstand out of decrepit and
broken couches. A “big screen”
had been set up using a projector
and a black sheet hanging from
the side of the neighbouring
Some 100 people used the
couch-filled section to watch the
game, and it was those couches
that were sacrificed in the full-
time celebrations, one student
“Something like this, it only
happens on special events. It
wasn’t a bad response, it was more
Another said the couch
burnings were “continuing on
“It’s part of the scarfie culture. It
unites us in some way. If there’s a
couch burning it ’s like, woah, get
to the couch burning right now.
It’s like it binds us together.
“They ’re crap couches. They
might as well get burned. ”
A third said the burnings were
not an act of defiance or menace.
Dunedin central senior station
officer Rob Torrance said his
station attended nine couch fires
between about 6am and 11.30am
yesterday, with the Willowbank
station attending “a few ” more.
The bulk of the fires had
centered on the 627 Castle Street
That blaze was big enough to
be seen from the Willowbank fire
station, he said, and scorched the
side of the neighbouring house.
A “few ” other couches were
burned on various north Dunedin
But the students offered “no
problems” to the attending fire
crews, Mr Torrance said.
“They ’re drunk. But they’re
being reasonably polite about it.”
Although yesterday morning’s
outbreak of couch fires was
“probably one of the bigger ones
we’ve had this year”, in general
the fires had decreased markedly
in the last five years, he said.
Dunedin southern district
command centre senior sergeant
Craig Brown said police made
one arrest yesterday morning just
before noon in Castle Street, but
that arrest was not thought to be
connected to the couch burnings.
Police also broke up a large
“student ” party that was being
held in a commercial building in
Great King Street after several
instances of disorderly behaviour,
though no arrests were made.
Mr Brown said the students’
behaviour had generally been fine,
but the couch burnings were “a
“O bviously the World Cup final
coincided with the end of exams
and bits and pieces, but there’s
no need to return to that sort of
A university spokeswoman said
if the university’s students were
caught lighting, or attempting to
light fires “they ’ll be in serious
trouble under the student code of
conduct ”. — Otago Daily Times
Students celebrate with couch burnings
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
One of several North Dunedin couch fires draws the attention of the Fire Service yesterday morning.
Queenstown’s night flights were thrust
into the spotlight today as the town’s
airport company announced details of
multi-million dollar infrastructure work.
Flights to Queenstown in the hours
of darkness are expected to start next
winter, after the New Zealand and
Australian civil aviation authorities
approved in principle the safety case in
May last year.
The Queenstown Airport Corporation
revealed details of preparatory work
for the flights — including runway
widening and lighting.
The airport ’s extended hours have been
hailed as a game-changer for the airport,
which is 75.1% owned by Queenstown
Lakes District Council.
However, some pilots already refuse to
fly to the resort over concerns about its
runway and mountainous approaches.
The prospect of night flights may
produce a public relations clash — with a
pilots’ union refusing to join a supportive
statement from an airline.
New Zealand Airline Pilots’
Association technical officer David
Reynolds said it was approached by an
airline, which he did not name, to be
part of a joint statement to say it had
been working on the safety case for
night flights and welcomed the prospect
of extended operations.
“ We declined,” he said.
“ We will put out our own statement.
“ We don’t believe that we’ve been
consulted and we’re certainly not happy
with the safeguards which are in place.”
Mr Reynolds said the procedures for
landing and departing through the
mountainous terrain at the airport do
not conform to international safety
Also, the safety areas at each end of
the main runway were not 240m long,
he said, and the airport did not intend
to build an internationally approved
The runway was “non-standard”, he said
it did not conform to international
airworthiness standards because it was
“There are currently pilots who will not
fly into Queenstown at this stage because
they ’re unhappy with the procedures —
and we already know that there are pilots
who do not wish to fly into Q ueenstown
Asked about the pilots’ discomfort,
Queenstown Airport Corporation’s
general manager of operations Mike
Clay airlines said: “ You’ll have to
approach the individual airlines and ask
them why that is.
“ We operate a compliant runway, we
get regular inspections and audits from
Civil Aviation Authority. ”
He said the airport ’s 90m safety areas
comply with Civil Aviation Authority
and international requirements, which
demand 90m minimum but 240m where
“Given the geography of our runway
with the Shotover River at one end
and residential housing at the other —
it’s not practicable to put 240m in there.
“It’s not an uncommon situation in
New Zealand or globally.”
Airlines in New Zealand and Australia
are working on their safety case for night
flights to Queenstown, which then have
to be submitted to the relevant regulator.
In May, the association sent a formal
letter to Queenstown’s airport company
demanding patch-up work on the main
runway, which was rutting and breaking
The problems were caused by the
narrow runway, frequent flights and
Mr Clay said the airport company was
part-way through asphalting about 2800
square metres of the runway — work
costing hundreds of thousands of dollars
— when the letter was received.
It was a bumper winter at Queenstown
airport. There were more than half
a million passenger movements —
514,397 to be exact — up 11.3% on the
2014 winter. — Otago Daily Times
Schools with persistent student
underachievement will face a broader
range of action from officials,
including possible closure, under a
proposed revamp of education law.
Education Minister Hekia Parata
also wants to reward high-performing
schools with much more flexibility in
how they plan, and more discretion in
the use of funding.
Short of putting in a commissioner
or statutory manager, there were
limits on what could be done
with “floundering” schools, Ms
Parata said — particularly if a
board or principal was not keen to
“Schools that are struggling the
most often are the least willing to
be helped. They get quite defensive.
Unless you strike a principal who
has a relationship with the ministry,
it is quite hard to go into a school.
And a board can tell you to naff off
because they are in charge of the
Under wide-ranging proposals for
an overhaul of the Education Act
1989, released today in a discussion
document, the Ministry of Education
could be given power to step in earlier
a “graduated response” that could
avoid a more radical inter vention
Options could include
improvement notice, an audit, or,
more seriously, a board could be
asked to appoint different members.
Tough action should not be
avoided in some cases, the Education
The discussion document proposes
putting a set of guiding principles for
changing school arrangements in the
law, possibly including the needs of
“There are some schools in the
country that have had persistent
underachievement, but under the
act, that ’s not actually a reason for
closing a school. But I would like it
to become one.
“I am not set on closing schools, but
you just cannot have schools that can
function, but their kids aren’t learning
“This is a move away from the
administratively dense focus of the
1989 act, to a kid-centred focus on
learning. That is the key change.”
The Education Act 1989 introduced
Tomorrow ’s Schools and gave a great
deal of autonomy to each school
That helped create competition
between local schools, something
$359 million programme to establish
“communities” of schools has tried to
Under the proposed Education Act
changes, principals could be able to
head multiple schools. Currently they
can cover two schools only if they are
run by the same board.
“ Under Tomorrow ’s Schools every
school is, as Simon and Garfunkel
island’. We need to be more of an
archipelago,” Ms Parata said.
The Education Act changes will
include a statement on the vision for
New Zealand’s education system and
its goals — which Ms Parata said
currently existed in other documents
— a s w ell as a process to clearly state
the priorities of the Government of
“That part might raise some residual
(feeling) around national standards,
because the priorities will be around
making sure kids can read, write and
do maths . . . for those who think
that national standards is narrowing
the curriculum, maybe they won’t be
happy with that. But parents are, and
all the research is.”
Feedback on the discussion
document begins today and runs
until December 14.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Faltering schools may face closure
Offer red zone land to ex-owners — mayor
If red zone land is sold by the
government for housing, the former
residents should be given the right
of first refusal, the Christchurch
No decision has been taken on
what should happen to the land
that used to be called home by 7404
households, but the government
may sell it to recoup some of the
$1.5 billion it has spent buying up
Dalziel was among those whose
home was declared part of the red
zone in 2012.
She still visits the place she called
home for 13 years, which is now an
overgrown vacant lot, Radio New
Zealand reported today.
“I ’m probably never going to
“But I hadn’t lived there as long as
my neighbours had who had raised
their children. So there are people
with mixed feelings, but I think all
of us who lived there want to see
something really special emerge.”
Ms Dalziel said if the government
did sell some of the land for housing,
the money raised should be put into
parks and native plantings.
She would like to see the original
inhabitants consulted first.
“This has to be handled really
carefully and if there are development
opportunities, in my view the right
of first refusal should be reinstated
and it should be offered to people
who lived there first.”
Another whose home was red
zoned is Evan Smith, who is now
working on ways to harness the
potential of the area as co-chair of
the Avon Otakaro Network.
He said offering red zoned
residents first right of refusal was a
“ It may be demand is higher than
supply, in which case there would
have to be some kind of a draft to
work out who could apply for that.
“ But I know that those who have
left, if they were to have the option
to return, then may of them would
actually look at that quite seriously.”
Mr Smith said if housing was to
go back into the red zone it should
be confined to the fringes, leaving
the area alongside the Avon River
for wetlands and parks.
“If you’re driving to work every
day through flooded roads that are
potholed everywhere, then it does
affect your mental health on a daily
basis. It just grinds you down.
“The more that we can bring some
life back to that river corridor, that
has a lot of restoration value for
people’s well-being. ”
Canterbury University Professor
Misko Cubrinovski —
liquefaction expert — said repairing
the land was much easier now there
were no houses there.
“ You can apply certain methods
in a cost effective way over large
could be pre-loading the ground
with additional weight so that it
Whether it would be make
economic sense to repair the
ground in this way for the purpose
of building houses was another
matter however. — NZ N
Dunedin businessman mourned
A Dunedin businessman killed in a car
crash near Alexandra is being mourned
by family and colleagues.
Alan McConnon died after his Toyota
Landcruiser Prado left State highway 8
about 10.30am on Thursday, slid down a
steep bank and hit a tree.
Mr McConnon, 62, was the former
co-owner of Mainland Products, and a
recently-appointed director of Dunedin
Venues Management Ltd, which runs
Forsyth Barr Stadium.
His sister, Rosie McConnon, of
Dunedin, said he was a “much loved”
family member who, away from the
office, enjoyed “family, food, friends —
in that order”.
“As much as he was a great businessman,
he was also a great family man.
“ He was a truly social beast. He was
Mr McConnon and his brother, Baird,
got their start turning a small Otago
dairy-processing business, started in
1954 by their father Peter, into an
exporter with reported annual turnover
of $700 million.
Mainland was bought by Fonterra in
2006, and the Dunedin factory closed
with the loss of 130 jobs, but Fonterra
kept the brand, and Mainland dairy
products are still sold throughout New
Zealand and Australia.
Senior sergeant Darryl Lennane said
Mr McConnon was taken to Dunstan
Hospital with serious injuries after
Thursday ’s crash, but died that afternoon.
Police had launched a serious crash
investigation, he said.
Earlier, constable Patrick Greaney, of
Alexandra, said Mr McConnon managed
to get out of the vehicle following the
crash and phoned emergency ser vices on
There was a delay in finding the site
as the crash was believed to be near
Roxburgh and the vehicle was not visible
from the road, he said.
Yesterday, DVML chief executive Terry
Davies said the appointment of Mr
McConnon late last year had brought
fresh commercial thinking and vision to
Mr Davies said he often used Mr
McConnon as a “sounding board”, and
he had been “very supportive of me and
the direction I was taking the business”.
“He was a good addition to our board
and he’ll be missed. He was a good man.”
Dunedin City Holdings Ltd chairman
Graham Crombie also paid tribute to
Mr McConnon, saying he was “a bloody
good guy ” who brought “a lot of strategic
thinking and a lot of energy” to his roles.
— Otago Daily Times
A St John ambulance crashed north of
Otorohanga this morning after taking a
patient to Waikato Hospital.
St John communications manager
Mark Tregoweth said an ambulance
driver and a nurse were on a return
trip from Waikato Hospital when
the ambulance left the road on State
highway 3 north of Otorohanga about
Mr Tregoweth said no one was injured
in the crash, and the cause of the crash
had not been established. The ambulance
did not have a patient on board at the
time. — NZ ME
A man is recovering in hospital after
being attacked by a bull.
Emergency ser vices were called out to
a property in Paparoa, Northland, on
Saturday afternoon after reports that a
bull had charged at a man.
“The man, in his 60s, had been charged
by the bull and hit front-on,” a statement
The victim suffered moderate injuries in
the incident and was taken to Auckland
City Hospital for treatment by rescue
helicopter. — NZ ME
A man has been charged over an
incident that left another man in a
critical condition in hospital.
The man, a 28-year-old foreigner was
critically injured in an assault outside a
Viaduct bar early yesterday.
He was drinking with friends when he
was punched to the ground by one man
and was further assaulted by another. The
victim remains in hospital, although his
condition has improved and he was now
Police last evening charged a 20-year-
old with injuring with intent to injure.
He will appear in the Auckland District
Court on Thursday.
The second man remains at large.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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