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Cyclist critically injured
A cyclist is fighting for life
after being struck by a van and
becoming pinned under its wheels
in Hamilton today. Emergency
services were called to the crash at
the intersection of Tristram and
Thackeray Streets at 7.12am. Police
said the cyclist was critically injured
and was taken to Waikato Hospital.
Hurt man walks for help
A man with serious head injuries
walked “for a long time” to get
help after a quad bike crash in the
Coromandel. The man, in his 60s,
was hurt after the machine rolled
on a farm in Colville before 2pm
on Monday, the Auckland Westpac
Rescue Helicopter Trust said. The
man was taken to a medical centre
and then flown to Waikato Hospital.
Woman sur vives plunge
A Tauranga woman emerged dazed
but uninjured after her car plunged
down a steep bank above Oropi’s
Renner Park golf links yesterday. She
was on Waterside Drive approaching
the T-intersection with Cheyne
Road when her vehicle mounted
the traffic island, smashed over an
arrow sign and shot straight across
the road. The woman was the only
occupant of the car which rolled
10m down the bank before crashing
into native bush. Police said it
appeared that the woman hit the
accelerator instead of the brake when
she mounted the traffic island.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Crash injuries fatal
One of three Turangi teenagers
involved in a serious crash in the
town on Monday has now died.
Orlando Bell, 19, was the rear seat
passenger in Subaru Impreza which
collided with a tree on Te Rangi
Tautahanga Road about 4pm. He
died in Waikato Hospital last night.
The driver and front seat passenger
remain in hospital. Police are
continuing to investigate the cause
of the crash and want to hear from
witnesses. — N Z ME
Man shot in leg
Police searched a Christchurch
house yesterday after a man was shot
in the leg. The man, in his 20s, was
admitted to Christchurch Hospital
about 5.30am. Police later executed a
search warrant at a Linwood address.
Acting detective sergeant Damon
Wells said no firearms were found at
the address where the man allegedly
was at the time of the incident.
Police would not speculate on the
circumstances that led to the injury.
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The chances of an upgrade in
Fonterra’s farm gate milk price
forecast became more remote this
morning after world dairy prices fell
by 7.4% at the Global Dairy Trade
The decline was sharper than futures
market pricing had suggested.
Whole milk powder prices, the key
product for determining Fonterra’s
farm gate milk price, fell by 8.0% to
$US2453 ($3683) a tonne — well
short of the $3000 that farmers would
be comfortable with.
Another key product, skim milk
powder, also fell by 8.0%, to $2018
($3030) a tonne.
Price falls were across the board,
with butter milk powder dropping
by 9.4% to $1844 a tonne and rennet
casein falling by 11.2% to $5469 a
The market has chopped and
changed in recent months, with prices
firming dramatically over August and
September, only to fall by 3.1% at the
last sale October 21.
A broker and partner at Chicago-
based dairy specialist, Rice Dairy, Jon
Spainhour, said buyers had “stepped
back” from the market after its sharp
run higher over. He also expected
prices to fall again at the next auction
later this month.
“But we don’t see the market
annihilating itself,” he said.
Fonterra has a $4.60 per kilo of milk
solids farm gate milk price forecast
on its books — well short of the
$5.30 required for most farmers to
reach break even. The co-operative
is expected to revise its forecast later
Regular grade whole milk powder
offered by Fonterra, for January
2016 delivery, failed to move from
its starting price which was 15%
lower than the previous auction
The NZX dairy futures market
shows a flat outlook for dairy
commodities through to the end of
the 2015-16 dairy season and whole
milk powder prices are now expected
to reach only $2800 a tonne by July
2016, Agri HQ dairy analyst Susan
“The current outlook for the dairy
markets means it is now unlikely
Fonterra will be able to lift its farm
gate milk price from its current
forecast of $4.60,” she said in a
“There is ample supply of dairy
product available in the global market
and buyers generally have plenty
of stock on hand so there is little
urgency for them to secure additional
The reduction in milk being
produced in New Zealand is being
offset by European dairy farmers
producing more milk.
“ Until global milk supplies drops
further, prices are likely to remain
subdued,” she added.
The co-operative has forecast its
milk production to fall of 5% this
season and some commentators
expect New Zealand ’s
production to fall by as much as
In addition, there are concerns that
the current El Nino weather pattern
will result in drought, which will
further inhibit output.
The decline in New Zealand milk
production gathered momentum in
the month of September, according
the Dairy Companies of New
Production, in milk solids, came to
209,484 tonnes in September, down
7.2% compared with September
2014, it said. — NZME
Dairy prices drop 7.4% at latest auction
who drove the
establishment of New Zealand’s first
marine reser ve has died.
Dr Bill Ballantine was a key player in
the founding of the country’s original
“no take” marine reser ve, created at
Leigh, north of Auckland, in 1977.
Today, the reser ve is one of the most
popular diving spots in the country,
renowned for the variety and abundance
of its marine life.
“The Leigh Marine Reser ve forms
a lasting tribute to the dedication of
Bill and his colleagues,” University of
Auckland Vice-Chancellor Professor
Stuart McCutcheon said.
Dr Ballantine was the first and longest-
ser ving director of the University of
Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory.
Head of the university’s Institute
of Marine Science, Professor Simon
Thrush, said New Zealand had lost a true
conser vation champion.
“ We can all be grateful that Bill had the
vision and the courage to fight as hard as
he did to get greater protection for our
marine environment, protection that has
only proved more valuable as time has
gone on,” Prof Thrush said.
Associate Professor Mark Costello,
also based at the institute, said Dr
Ballantine was delighted with the recent
announcement of the Kermadec Ocean
Sanctuary at the Kermadec Islands
north-east of New Zealand.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Passengers on an Air New Zealand
flight were forced to wait for hours on
the tarmac after a pilot failed to show up
because he confused the time.
The early-morning flight to Singapore
was scheduled to leave Auckland
International Airport at 1.15am on
An Auckland Airport spokeswoman
confirmed the flight, NZ282, did not
depart until 4.38am.
A friend of one of the passengers
aboard the flight said she was told an
announcement over the speaker revealed
the pilot was missing.
“Her flight was originally 1am . . . and
she was in the lounge, got on to the
plane, boarding the plane. Then at 1
o’clock they told them the captain hadn’t
reported for duty and so they need to
find another one.
“Then because the runway was closed
from 1.30 to 4.30am, they told them
they weren’t going to be able to depart
until 4.30am. ”
The airport spokeswoman said there
was scheduled maintenance every
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman
confirmed the pilot did not show up.
“Unfortunately one of the crew
members on (Monday’s) NZ282 ser vice
to Singapore did not report for duty on
time due to misreading his roster.
“By the time the mistake was established
we were unable to get this crew member
or a standby crew member to the airport
prior to the runway closure and had to
wait until it reopened to depart.
“The crew member understandably
feels incredibly embarrassed about what
was clearly a genuine mistake.”
Air New Zealand had revised its
timetables as a result of the mix up.
“ We have since made a small tweak
to our roster timings while the runway
work is being done to ensure crew who
are required to report close to midnight
start a few minutes before 12 rather than
a few minutes after, to avoid any possible
mix-ups with the date happening again,”
the spokeswoman said.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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The life cycle of a Dunedin cat,
Louie, nearly ended after he went
through a wash cycle.
After several months of
recovery, the two-year-old tabby
is ready to detail its fight with a
In March, Louie entered a
Maori Hill house about 2km
away from its Helensburgh home
and stopped for a sleep in some
dirty washing in the machine.
The home owner, Lisa Te Pana,
said she unknowingly put more
dirty washing on Louie before
starting a wash cycle and leaving
the house for the day.
She returned home about five
hours later and was shocked
to find the sodden cat in her
“ When I opened the door
my washing moved ...I was so
She immediately called SPCA
Otago. On-call duty officer Julie
Richardson said she was at Mrs
Te Pana’s house in 10 minutes. “ I
could tell it was serious because
she (Mrs Te Pana) was so upset
when she phoned.”
When she arrived, Louie was
“absolutely drenched, stone cold
and lifeless”. The short-haired
tabby was hypothermic and had
ulcers in its eyes, nose and throat
from the caustic washing powder.
She rushed Louie to Pet
Doctors in Northeast Valley in
the animal ambulance with the
heaters on full. At the veterinary
surgery, Louie was put on heat
pads and a drip. The cat was lucky
to sur vive the afternoon spin, Ms
Richardson said. “ He’s a lucky
wee boy. ”
Louie’s microchip provided
SPCA Otago the contact details
of its owner, Keri Ballantyne.
Mrs Ballantyne said the call
from Ms Richardson took her by
surprise. Mrs Ballantyne had no
idea her moggy was missing from
its Helensburgh home, let alone
at death’s door. “ It was quite a
shock.” — Otago Daily Times
Sneaky snooze puts Louie in a spin
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Keri Ballantyne holds her cat, Louie, which Lisa Te Pana accidentally washed in her front-loading
The Government is
proposing a governance
model similar to the
Auckland Council for
regions that have voted
to reject a super city-like
Under the proposed
changes, regions would be
encouraged to integrate
their core ser vices such as
water or transport across
Regions that took a
more integrated approach,
allowing the Government to work
more closely with them, could be in
line for a funding “top up” from central
Announcing the proposals yesterday,
Local Government Minister Paula
Bennett said: “ Without a doubt there
are regions in New Zealand that have
got increasing expenditure needed in
core infrastructure and looking at it in a
piecemeal fashion by council boundaries
is not in the best interests of a region as
This approach did not deliver results
for ratepayers or create an environment
in which business could grow, she said.
In the past three months, Northland
and Wellington have voted against
amalgamating their councils.
Ms Bennett said there had been
resistance from communities who were
concerned about the potential impact on
their identity and way of life.
Government was proposing a “viable
alternative to large-scale amalgamation”.
Regions could transfer some core
services between regional and territorial
authorities. Or they could
transfer them to “arms-
Half of CCOs’ directors
are appointed by the
council. Ms Bennett
be some resistance to
transferring core ser vices
to less democratic entities.
But she said changes
would not be forced on
regions, and would be
The Government planned to introduce
law changes next year which would
allow the new structures to be “ locked
in” for the long-term.
The legislation would not affect
Auckland, which already had CCOs
for tourism, water, transport and other
Ms Bennett said Northland would be
a prime candidate for a more integrated
approach because it needed significant
infrastructure upgrades but collected
low rates and had a number of separate
She said the region “still has a number
of councils which are barely catching
If Northland took a more integrated
approach, it could receive central
government funding to help with
infrastructure, she said.
In the past, individual councils within
the region such as Kaipara had run
into trouble when developing major
infrastructure such as wastewater.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
One person was taken to
hospital and treated for smoke
inhalation after a house fire in
Central Otago last night.
The Fire Ser vice was called to a
house in Alexandra at 8pm and
arrived to find it “well involved”
with fire, a spokesman said.
The cause of the blaze was
not yet known and a fire
investigator is due at the property
on Butchers Point Road this
Four fire trucks and a tanker
responded to the fire which
caused significant damage to the
Smoke from the house, a few
kilometres south of Alexandra,
was visible up to 17km away
and the fire was eventually
extinguished by about 20
firefighters from three brigades —
Alexandra, Clyde and Omakau.
Fire Ser vice southern fire
communications centre shift
manager Tim Reynolds said
emergency ser vices were alerted
about 8pm and the fire was “well
involved” when fire crews arrived.
The cause was unknown and fire
investigators would be inspecting
the site, he said.
Mr Reynolds did not know how
many people were in the house at
the time, but said everyone had
escaped safely. One person at the
scene, a member of the public,
received medical treatment for
smoke inhalation “ but that ’s just
as a precaution, we believe”.
The house was “significantly
damaged” but the fire was well
contained by the firefighters
and did not spread to any other
nearby buildings, he said.
Senior sergeant Craig
Dinnissen, of the Dunedin
southern district command centre,
said an Alexandra police officer
who was driving past, patrolling
in the area, noticed smoke coming
from a garage on the property and
went to investigate.
The three adult occupants of the
house had already escaped from
the fire. — Otago Daily Times
Occupants escape flames unharmed
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Fire crews work on a house fire near Alexandra last night.
The Prince of Wales and the D uchess
of Cornwall touched down on New
Zealand soil this afternoon, with their
seven-day tour starting in the capital.
The focus of their visit would be largely
on communities and culture.
Prince Charles and Camilla were
due to land at Wellington Airport ’s
military terminal about 2.20pm and be
greeted by Prime Minister John Key and
Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown.
They were then to make then their
way via Oriental Parade to Government
House, for the official welcomed by
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.
The welcome was to be followed by a
wreath-laying ceremony at the Pukeahu
National War Memorial Park. The royals
also unveiled a Commonwealth walkway
The royal visit coincides with the return
of New Zealand’s rugby royalty — and
the Prime Minister said the prince and
duchess could possibly meet the All
Blacks to “join in on the celebrations”.
On TVNZ’s Breakfast show this
morning, Mr Key said they could “shake
up the itinerary to share the limelight ”.
“ It’s subject to their diary. Obviously
these things get planned (for) months
and months so it’s pretty difficult to
change and alter their schedules,” he
Mr Key said the visit was important as
Prince Charles would one day become
the king of New Zealand.
“ It ’s really important he has that
relationship with New Zealand and
establish a rapport.”
He said the Queen had asked about
the highly-debated flag change when
Mr Key was in England for the World
“S he asked about the process and I
showed a couple of them. She’s actively
engaged,” he said.
The royal visit has been met dimly by
the New Zealand Republic, a group
pushing for the nation to move away
from a constitutional monarchy and
instead establish a local head of state.
New Zealand Republic chairman
Savage, who goes by only one name, said
although New Zealand’s ties with the
British were important, New Zealand
should have a head of state who stood as
an equal to Britain’s head of state.
“ Becoming a republic would modernise
our diplomatic relationship with the UK,
and members of the British royal family
would still visit as part of reciprocal visits
between New Zealand and the UK,” he
He said the current visits were popular
with “royal watchers but don’t do much
for the rest of New Zealand”.
Tomorrow, Prince Charles will visit
Wellington’s Tawa College to see musical
performances and sport demonstrations,
while the D uchess will visit Te Whaea
to meet drama and dance students.
They will then travel down to D unedin.
The man allegedly behind threats
to contaminate infant formula with
the poison 1080 has had his case
elevated to the High Court.
He faces two charges of blackmail
but cannot be named for at least six
months because of a suppression
Charging documents allege the
action was financially motivated
but court-imposed orders mean
little else can be publicised.
The defendant appeared in the
High Court at Auckland this
morning where Crown prosecutor
Natalie Walker said she and
defence counsel had agreed the case
should be moved from the district
Justice Graham Lang adjourned
the matter until next month when
the accused will be obliged to enter
pleas to the charges.
started when letters were sent to
Fonterra and Federated Farmers
in November last year threatening
to poison infant formula if New
Zealand did not stop using the
pest-control poison by the end of
March this year.
The public was told of the threat
in March and formula was taken
from supermarket shelves and held
securely to prevent contamination.
In what became known as
Operation Concord, 60 people were
considered of significant interest
and approached to be inter viewed
by police. Blackmail is punishable
by up to 14 years’ jail. — NZME
1080 blackmail case to High Court
Trustpower has offered a “fair price”
in its $126.6 million takeover of King
Country Energy, a bolt-on acquisition
that will lift the utility company’s
customer base by about 7% and adding
significant electricity generation capacity,
The Tauranga-based utility company
will pay $5 a share in cash in a full
takeover offer for King Country Energy,
provided it gets at least 70.2% of the
company, or a lower price of $4.78 a
share if it falls short of that mark, it said
in a statement. — NZME
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