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Man hit by truck
A man suffered serious injuries
after he was hit by a truck near
Waiouru early today. Police said the
incident occurred about 12.15am
about 6km north of Waiouru
township. Firefighters and police
officers administered first aid before
ambulances arrived, police said. The
man was flown to Palmerston North
Hospital. — NZ ME
Horse and cart mishap
A 73-year-old woman was badly
hurt when she was thrown from a
horse-drawn cart yesterday. Rescue
helicopter pilot Liam Brettkelly said
the machine was called to Waihi
where a local woman had been
thrown from her cart and, as she fell
for ward, was kicked in the stomach
by the horse pulling it. “S he received
serious abdominal and head injuries,”
Mr Brettkelly said. She was flown
to Waikato Hospital in a serious
condition. — NZ ME
Police have named the teenage
motorcyclist who died in a crash
near Napier on Saturday. He was
Cameron Pirie, 19, of Wellington.
Mr Pirie was riding in a group with
two other motorcyclists when he
crashed through a roadside barrier
on the Napier-Taupo Road, State
highway 5, police said. The incident
occurred near the Te Haroto Summit
cafe about 3.30pm. — NZ ME
Varsity office break-in
The “exam office” of the University
of Otago has been broken into, police
say. Senior sergeant Ian Temple, of
Dunedin, confirmed the registry
office, which holds exam papers, had
been entered on Saturday night. The
office could be entered only by using
swipe-card access, he said. He did not
know what damage, if any, had been
done or whether anything was taken.
Otago University communications
head Megan McPherson said police
were working on “a couple of leads”.
— Otago Daily Times
The theft of two mowers from
Clareville showgrounds, near
Carterton, has dismayed the
Wairarapa Agricultural and Pastoral
Society. A ride-on mower and a
smaller motor mower were stolen
late last week, after the thieves broke
into a locked shed. Wairarapa A and
P Society secretary Lynley Hamilton
said the caretaker discovered
the lawnmowers were missing
on Thursday, but the theft could
have happened a few days earlier.
Police had been told and had taken
fingerprints, Mrs Hamilton said.
— NZ ME -Wairarapa Times-Age
Numbers in Keno draw No 11896:
1, 3, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 24, 29, 30, 32,
34, 40, 43, 44, 50, 55, 70, 76, 79. Draw
No 11897: 6, 7, 9, 11, 18, 23, 24, 26, 32,
36, 50, 52, 54, 55, 60, 61, 65, 68, 74, 79.
Draw No 11898: 2, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 20,
21, 23, 26, 28, 29, 43, 50, 53, 55, 58, 67,
72, 73. Draw No 11899: 1, 2, 9, 10, 14,
16, 18, 21, 29, 38, 39, 41, 42, 44, 46, 51,
57, 60, 64, 69.
Thirsty squatter downs $1300 of wine
Veteran Welsh singer Tom Jones will
play a one-off show in Auckland next
The 75-year-old, who has sold more
than 100 million records in his 50-year
career, will perform at Vector Arena on
March 19 - his first New Zealand show
Tickets for the show, on the same day
as the Auckland City Limits festival
at Western Springs, go on sale on
November 17. — N ZN
for NZ gig
How many taxpayer-funded lawyers
does it take to fight a journalist? In the
case of the defamation action brought
against the New Zealand Defence Force
by war reporter John Stephenson, the
answer is 15.
In response to an Official Information
request, the Defence Force revealed it
used 12 lawyers — including six senior
practitioners — from the Government ’s
legal arm, Crown Law, plus three external
In total it spent $643,000 defending
itself, of which $468,000 was spent on
the external barristers.
It spent $55,000 for “flights, booking
fees, accommodation” and $17,000 for
“costs and expert witnesses”.
These expenses do not include a
payment of an undisclosed sum —
understood to be a six-figure amount
to Mr Stephenson in a settlement
that included a statement by Defence
expressing “regret ”.
Mr Stephenson had claimed $500,000
Mr Stephenson engaged two lawyers.
He said he did not believe there was a
need for the Defence Force to spend
such a large sum.
The journalist sued the Defence Force
chief at the time, Lieutenant-General
Rhys Jones, and the force, claiming he
was defamed in a press release Mr Jones
issued in May 2011. The release was in
response to a Metro magazine article by
Mr Stephenson about the handling of
detainees in Afghanistan and whether
Special Air Ser vice (SAS) troops had
passed prisoners to authorities known to
The article won an international
award and a New Zealand award for
The journalist argued that words in the
press release meant that he had made
up an account about visiting an Afghani
police Crisis Response Unit base in
Kabul and inter viewing the commander
A trial in Wellington in 2013 resulted
in a hung jury.
The Defence Force and Mr Jones now
accept Mr Stephenson did go to the base
and did inter view the commander.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A homeless alcoholic drank up to
20 bottles of wine while sleeping in
a Q ueenstown house for a week, a
court heard yesterday.
Myles William O’Connor, 45,
was found by homeowners asleep
in one of the beds at the property
on October 24, the Queenstown
District Court was told.
A summary of facts said
O’Connor drank $1329 worth of
wine, 20 bottles, over the course
of a week after gaining entry to
the unoccupied property through a
He pleaded guilty to a charge of
burglary but disputed the number of
bottles he drank.
O’Connor, a gib stopper, was
convicted by Judge Christina Cook.
He was remanded in custody
until December 21 for sentence
on the burglary charge, breaching
a probation order, and also on
unrelated charges of drink-driving
and driving while disqualified,
on October 2, at Speargrass Flat
His breath alcohol level for the
drink-drive charge was 570mg.
— Otago Daily Times
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The car is recovered from the river by a Royal New Zealand Air Force NH90
Police have visited several properties in
Raupunga looking for a car and driver
suspected of running another car off a
road in a crash that killed three Mongrel
Blue paint was found on the steel
barricades and blue material was strewn
across the road.
Detective senior sergeant Brent
Greville said this evidence led them to
believe a blue car was involved in the
crash just south of Wairoa on Saturday.
Terry Shane Stone, 31, Ronald Rangi
Rigby, 53, and Nathan Isaac, 29, died
after their car plunged down a bank into
the Mohaka River.
One man sur vived with minor injuries.
The men, all from Wairoa, were on their
way to the gang’s Hastings chapter 50th
anniversary reunion, which included
visits to grave sites of other members
who have died over the years.
A small team of emergency ser vice
workers stood with a sole police officer
on a narrow cliff edge along State
highway 2 yesterday. The men’s white
Honda was smashed and sitting in
the Mohaka River below. The highest
viaduct in Australasia loomed ahead, a
sinister reminder of just how steeply the
A crane was unable to reach the car on
The first plan to remove the vehicle by
floating it downstream failed.
The car had already floated about
150m as planned, but became beached
in a shallow section of the river.
An air force helicopter was used to
retrieve the crashed car from the river.
At 2.30pm an NH90 helicopter
lowered three divers into the river.
They tied strops to the car before the
chopper returned at 4pm to retrieve the
Water streamed out from beneath the
vehicle as it was lifted up from the river
bed and taken to the paddock across the
The car was taken to Gisborne for
Nearby in Raupunga, the crash and the
aftermath have raised considerable fears
in the township.
A Raupunga resident yesterday said
that if a local person was involved in the
crash in any way or had information to
help the police investigation they should
contact the police.
“ It ’s devastating,” one said. “ It makes
me sick to think. We’ve got to think of
the dead and their families. ”
The resident was also frightened about
what was happening, including the
possible impact on the township, and
wanted police to patrol the area.
Raupunga is home to a small number
of younger people who were members of
historic gang rival Black Power.
Mr Greville would not confirm who
he thought the driver of the blue car
It was suspicions only that led police to
believe the other car was affiliated with
Mr Greville said there was a chance
Black Power members in Raupunga may
have known Mongrel Mob members
were making their way to Hawke’s Bay
for the 50th anniversary on Saturday.
However, it was not something he was
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Sunny skies and sparkling seas
greeted Prince Charles along with
a handful of fans at Auckland’s
The future king popped in to visit
the Spirit of New Zealand youth
training vessel at Auckland’s Princes
Wharf, before leaving New Zealand
shores to visit our rivals across the
ditch at 10.30am.
It was a short but sweet visit — just
half an hour on board the three-
masted ship — with royal fans lining
the wharf to see the prince at the
Alec Field, from London, said he
had come to get up close and personal
with the prince.
He has lived in New Zealand for 15
years but is still a royal fan.
“This is the nearest I’ll ever get to
see Charles because in London the
security is so massive,” he said.
Youngsters complete with pirate
hats had been out for a sail on
the Spirit of New Zealand in the
morning and waited patiently on
board for Charles to arrive.
Prince Charles boarded the boat
and shook hands with the captain
Some of the young people on
board — trainees on the Spirit of
Adventure — chatted with the prince
as he made his way on board.
Ellen and Ann
Kingdom, said it was just a happy
coincidence they were on the wharf
at the right time.
“ I’m from Wales and he’s the Prince
of Wales, so it fits,” Ellen Cockburn
“ It ’s a happy coincidence that
he’s sharing the same time in New
Zealand with us. I’m perfectly
prepared to smile at him.”
Charles and Camilla spent some
time in Auckland on Sunday, where
members of the public turned out
to greet them in the sun-drenched
Aotea Square before they met with
The royals wrapped up their seven-
day tour of New Zealand when they
left from the Whenuapai Air Force
Base about 10.30am.
The royal couple boarded the Royal
Australian Air Force plane to begin
their journey home. They spent time
saying goodbye to Governor-General
Sir Jerry Mataperae and his wife
Lady Janine before they boarded the
plane. — NZME
Low-key end to royal couple’s tour
A social networking website that
gives people the chance to re-connect
with former school mates is being
The Old Friends website, which is
part of the Trade Me network, will
close down early next year.
A spokesman for Trade Me said it
was not a decision taken lightly, but
the company needed to ensure it got a
good return on the time and people it
invested into its businesses.
“. . . When there are other things we
could be doing with those brains and
dollars,” he said.
“ We’ve struggled to give Old Friends
sufficient oxygen, given the bigger
opportunities in the core areas of our
business. We routinely review our
portfolio and we think the time is
right to pull the shutters down in early
The spokesman said the
announcement was made now so that
members of the site could save any
information they would like to keep.
“ When we close the site in early to
mid-January all data will be deleted,”
In the past couple of months, Old
Friends has had 600 to 1200 people
log in daily.
Yesterday those users got an e-mail
from the site to say it was closing
“ We’re getting in touch to give you
an update about oldfriends.co.nz as we
know you’ve recently been active on
the site or have uploaded a photo in
the past,” the message read.
“ We wanted to let you know that in
a couple of months, we’ll be closing
oldfriends.co.nz down. ”
The e-mail then went on to
say : “To focus on building better
products, sometimes we need to stop
supporting older versions of our
websites. We understand this might
not be the best news for our members
who use Old Friends regularly and
this isn’t a decision we’ve taken
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Plug pulled on Old Friends website
This is how you graduate from
high school in Q ueenstown — a
43m drop on the end of a bungy
While that might seem an
extreme graduation ceremony
elsewhere, it is a perfect send-off
for the adventure capital’s school-
Sixty year 13 pupils from
Wakatipu High School fronted
up for the leap off the historic
Kawarau Bridge at the weekend,
annually offered free-of- charge
through A J Hackett Bungy
New Zealand’s Jump Start
The company ’s co-founder and
director, Henry van Asch, said
the company was ‘’excited to
share this experience with local
teenagers who have grown up
alongside bungy ’’.
Thirty-five female and 25 male
jumpers took part.
— New Zealand Herald
Maddie Coles-Cox, 18, and Subin Bae, 19, enjoy their jump.
Assurances sought on NZ detainees
Justice Minister Amy Adams says
she is seeking reassurances from
her Australian counterparts that
they are honouring their promise
to help New Zealand detainees
return home as quickly and easily
Ms Adams said she planned to
speak to Australian Immigration
Minister Peter Dutton today.
“ We want to talk him about
making sure New Zealanders who
want to come back to New Zealand
from detention can do so easily and
without barrier,” she said.
She said Australian Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull had
given an assurance that New
Zealand detainees could return
home, that their applications would
be handled “expeditiously”, and
that their return to New Zealand
would not be detrimental to their
appeals against deportation.
The minister now wanted Mr
Dutton to update her on how he
was advancing these assurances.
The Justice Minister met with Mr
Dutton as recently as last week.
But she said the events on
Christmas Island, where rioting
broke out on Sunday, had created
whether New Zealanders were
able to leave “easily and without
New Zealand detainees at the
offshore centre say frustration about
delays in their processing were a
factor in the riots, which were only
just coming under control this
New Zealand has shied away
from criticising Australia’s human
rights record at the United Nations
Australia’s policies are being
scrutinised in Geneva as part of
a regular review that each UN
member faces every four years.
Amnesty International had urged
New Zealand to speak out on its
neighbour’s “abysmal” record, in
particular its policies for asylum
Prime Minister John Key said
yesterday New Zealand did not
plan to do so.
“ I don’t think the Australians
would accept that there are human
rights issues and from New
Zealand’s point of view we have
said that we will investigate any
that are brought to our attention.”
Amnesty International said New
Zealand had been “silent ” on its
latest report, which it said provided
evidence that Australian officials
had paid people smugglers to turn
their boats around - a breach of
Asked to respond, Mr Key said he
had received no advice that people
smugglers were paid off.
“If it did happen, it ’s a matter for
the Australians,” he said.
Mr Key reiterated that it was not
New Zealand’s policy to pay boat
captains to turn their boats around.
Britain, Canada, the US and
several others criticised Australia’s
record, including its offshore
processing of asylum claims and
detention of child migrants.
New Zealand also made its
submission on Australia’s Universal
Periodic Review overnight.
Deputy permanent representative
Carl Reaich said Australia had
made “encouraging developments”
since its last review, in particular law
changes to prevent discrimination
on the grounds of sexual orientation.
He said further work was needed
in the area of indigenous and
minority rights and the treatment
of people with disabilities.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
lost in fire
Thousands of dollars worth of property
including trophies, portraits of former
principals and school magazines dating
as far back as the 1950s were destroyed
by Sunday ’s fire at Taieri College.
The fire in the school hall was caused by
an electrical fault, a fire investigator said.
Principal David Hunter said the
49-year-old Hislop Hall was being
used to store sports and administration
property and documents while a new
block was being built. He said property
stored in the hall was due to be moved
to the new block yesterday and senior
management staff had been working out
of the building while construction took
“There were some archives in there and
they were, ironically, going to be shifted
today,” Mr Hunter said. “ The biggest
thing is what happens now.
“Only time will tell when we’re going
to have a usable space again.”
The fire did extensive damage to the
inside of the building but structural
damage was still unknown.
Pupils of the school were “not
devastated” about the building but
some former pupils might be upset, Mr
Hunter said. “ Exams were not going to
be staged in there. It hasn’t been used by
the students (this year). ”
Fire investigators were on site yesterday
establishing the cause of the blaze.
New Zealand Fire Ser vice specialist fire
investigator Mike Cahill, of Invercargill,
said it was not suspicious and was caused
by a multibox malfunction.
— Otago Daily Times
Dunedin’s Silver Fern Farms,
which has formed a joint venture
with China’s Shanghai Maling,
said it its earnings continued
to turn around in the year to
The co-operative, New Zealand’s
biggest meat processor, said its
earnings before interest, tax,
depreciation and amortisation came
to $86.9m, up 28% on the $68.1m
achieved in 2014.
Silver Fern’s net profit before tax
for the year was $27.2m, up from
$1.8m in 2014.
“This is a positive result, delivered
in an environment where there were
a number of constraints,” chairman
Rob Hewett said. All species made
a significant contribution to the
“ However, while a significant
improvement on 2014, we still have
progress to make to achieve a return
that reflects the amount of capital
we have invested in the business
over the course of a season,” Mr
He said a key aim for 2015 was
to put the company on a sustainable
“ To achieve that we needed to
both reduce debt under our own
steam, and to introduce new equity,”
he said. — NZME
Silver Fern continues financial turnaround
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