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Swift safety video offer
Air New Zealand has invited pop
star Taylor Swift to feature in its
next in-flight safety video. The airline
posted an image of Swift next to the
stars of its previous videos, and urged
the 25-year-old to consider starring
in the next instalment. “ It was great
to see Taylor Swift exploring some
of what our beautiful country has to
offer on social media earlier today
and we thought we would take the
opportunity to invite her to star in
one of our safety videos,” an Air NZ
spokeswoman said. — NZ ME
Soldier on drugs charges
A soldier admitted at a court-
martial hearing this morning using
and possessing cannabis oil. Private
Jordan William Aldridge, 22, is facing
a court-martial in Linton today on
five charges, four related to drugs and
one to alcohol. He has pleaded guilty
to two charges of committing a civil
offence contrary to the Armed Forces
Act, namely consuming a class B
controlled drug. The court-martial is
expected to finish this afternoon. —
A 70-year-old man has been
rescued at sea after being struck
on the head while sailing off the
Wairarapa coast. The man had
been travelling from Auckland to
Picton and was about 20km off
the Wairarapa coast when he was
seriously injured by the boat ’s boom.
He managed to make a Mayday
call just before 11am. A rescue
helicopter from Wellington winched
the injured man to safety about 1pm
and he was flown to Wellington
Hospital. — NZ ME
Search for swimmer
A Hamilton teen swept to sea
in a rip off a Raglan beach is still
missing. It has been five days since
Cory Edgecombe Lilley, 17, was
last seen swimming with his friends
at Ngarunui Beach on Thursday
afternoon. Waikato police this
morning confirmed they had not yet
found Cory’s body but the search
would continue. — N ZM E
Boulder injures woman
A stranger helped a woman who
was injured when a tumbling boulder
bowled into her on a mountain.
The Taupo-based Greenlea rescue
helicopter helped rescue the woman
from Mount Ngauruhoe on Monday
morning. Pilot Nat Every said the
young woman received hand and leg
injuries. He said another woman who
had been walking up the mountain
stayed with the victim until rescue
crews arrived. The injured woman was
flown to Taupo Hospital. — NZ ME
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A Nelson couple who unexpectedly
had a baby just hours after finding
out they would become parents, are
blown away by the support from their
Proud parents to baby boy Carlo,
Charlene Wells, 28, and her 31-year-
old partner Eamon Parkes had no idea
they would become parents until a
pregnancy test came back positive last
She was roughly 37 weeks pregnant
and 12 hours later gave birth to a
healthy baby boy.
Ms Wells, a sous chef, complained
of back pains the night before, on
Wednesday, but she put it down to
“ being on her feet all day at work”, Mr
However he said the unexpected
mother was “up most of the night with
back pain” that night.
“Char had researched through the
night and thought she had kidney
stones,” he said.
When the pregnancy test came back
positive the couple were overjoyed.
“I was over the moon. My first
reaction was shock.
“ You get a bit confused. Am I actually
in a dream?” he said.
He said his partner hadn’t showed any
“S he didn’t have any morning
“S he gained a bit of weight but she
hadn’t been out biking like she normally
does,” he said.
However the proud new dad said the
shock was wearing off.
“ It’s the best early Christmas present.
“Carlo is perfect,” he gushed.
He said although the couple weren’t
planning on having children: “it was the
best thing that ’s happened to us”.
The couple have been over whelmed by
the support from their friends, family
and the Nelson community.
“ We’ve had people show up on our
doorsteps, even strangers, who are
offering to buy nappies, and clothing.”
“ We’re very thankful. It ’s a massive
massive weight taken off our shoulders,”
Mr Parkes said the local community
Facebook pages were a great help.
“ People have rallied around to get
stuff for us,” he said.
He said he was “ blown away”
when the couple started receiving
international media attention.
However the attention wasn’t all
“Some people are saying how did she
“At the end of the day people are
going to show interest.”
But the positive feedback outweighed
the negative, Mr Parkes said.
Before the couple found out about
the pregnancy, they were given 90
days to move out of their house as
the landlord was planning to sell the
This worried Mr Parkes, especially
with the new addition to their family.
“Things get so close to Christmas. I
hope we can find a place in our price
range.” — NZME
A pushchair carrying a six-
month old baby narrowly missed
being hit by a train in Auckland.
The stroller landed on tracks
in front of an oncoming train at
Te Mahia station at Manurewa
An Auckland Transport spokes-
man said a quick-thinking driver
managed to brake to avoid
The spokesman said it was not
clear whether the pushchair had
rolled on to the tracks or was
pushed off the platform.
The baby boy was taken to
Middlemore Hospital. A hospital
spokesman said the boy ’s head
may have hit the track as the
pushchair fell, but he was now in
a stable condition.
Police said they were not called.
Pram rolls on to rail tracks
The Minister for Food Safety
says three of the four cases of
hepatitis A linked to frozen
imported berries on sale in New
Zealand have come from a single
But the product is yet to be
Minister Jo Goodhew said she
first became aware of the issue
in October after the medical
officer alerted the Ministry for
Primary Industries to a case of
She said that one case soon
became four cases, but it took
until November for “questions to
be answered and for genotyping
to be established that it could be
from frozen imported berries.”
In Parliament yesterday, Labour
food safety spokesman Damien
O’Connor asked Ms Goodhew
why products had not been
recalled, as they had been in
Australia nine months ago.
Ms Goodhew said the 31 cases
of infection in Australia had been
linked to a single product that
was different to the product three
of the four New Zealand cases
had been linked to.
“Here in New Zealand three
of the four cases have had the
fourth is still under way,” she
“ We know for three of the four
cases we have genotyping for that
they are from the same source,
maybe not the fourth, but maybe
“ We want to protect all new
Zealanders from the possibility
of getting it from any frozen
She advised New Zealanders to
boil the berries, or heat them to
more than 85degC for at least a
In February, MPI said it
was monitoring frozen berry
imports after a recall in Australia
prompted by cases of hepatitis A.
On Monday, the ministry’s
statement warning of a “potential
risk associated with imported
frozen berries” following the
four cases “thought to be linked
to packaged imported frozen
Frozen berries are often used
by cafes in smoothies and other
ready-to-eat foods. The ministry
says the risks associated with
these items are the same as
for home-made products and
heat treatment will address any
Hepatitis A virus is a
waterborne and foodborne liver
infection for which a vaccine is
The disease is spread through
contact with faeces of an infected
person, such as through failure
of an infected food handler to
wash hands properly after using
the toilet. After consuming the
virus, it takes 15 to 50 days for
symptoms to appear.
Hepatitis A symptoms include
vomiting, fever, nausea, loss of
appetite, jaundice (yellow skin),
dark urine, fatigue and abdominal
pain. — NZME
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Plea to help catch Dunedin sex ‘creep’
A Maori Hill resident who helped a
Dunedin woman following a traumatic
sexual attack has called on the public to
help police catch the “creep” responsible.
The 23-year-old woman ran to a
Cannington Road address and banged
on the door for help after being tied up
and sexually assaulted in the Ross Creek
Reser ve about 9.15pm on Monday in
what police believe was a random “ blitz-
A team of more than 20 detectives and
uniformed officers, including a specialist
search team from Christchurch, is
investigating. Police are following
several leads in the hunt for the man.
“Anybody who was in the Ross Creek
area at the time, I would strongly
encourage them to get in touch with
the police because this creep needs
to be found,” the Cannington Road
He did not want to comment on the
condition of the victim, but indicated
she was very upset following the
He advised others to exercise caution
while using the reser ve while the
offender remained at large.
“ I would encourage anyone who is
going for a jog to not go by themselves,”
the man, who did not wish to be
Detective senior sergeant Kallum
Croudis said the woman was running
through the reser ve when she was
attacked by an assailant dressed in black.
“This is a stranger attack and one we
take particularly seriously,” he said.
“A blitz-type attack on her from
behind by what she describes as a male
person wearing black clothes.”
The offender bound the woman with
material police believed he brought to
the scene. However, Mr Croudis would
not elaborate on what was used to tie the
She did not see her assailant ’s face and
police did not want to speculate as to
whether it was covered.
The man — described by the victim
as a tall and skinny European wearing
black shoes, a black t-shirt, and a pair
of black “skins” compression wear with
white writing — was distracted during
the attack by a light-coloured dog.
“He took flight and left the scene,” Mr
The victim remained at the scene
for some time, wary of her attacker’s
continued presence, and her cries for help
were heard by a Rockside Road resident.
“S he managed to escape and made her
way to that Cannington Road address.”
Police had spoken to a dog owner,
who they believed owned the dog which
scared the man. — Otago Daily Times
Surrounded by fluffies and long blacks,
Woody looked every bit the top cat at the
opening of central Auckland’s first cat cafe.
Barista Cats opened in Queen Street
yesterday and customers Robyn Nuthall and
Roger Woods were among those who came to
enjoy a cuppa and kitties.
The cafe, launched by owner Julia
Whitehead with the support of $15,000 in
Pledge Me donations, features 11 different
cats from rescue shelters.
The business charges $15 for an hour with
the cats and that includes a complimentary
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Flat white and furry friend
Robyn Nuthall and Roger Woods enjoy a cuppa with Woody.
Nelson couple Charlene Wells and Eamon Parkes.
‘Horrific’ dog attack
A Dunedin woman required
surgery after a dog attack so
horrific it was “more like a shark
The woman, who did not want
to be identified, was delivering
newspapers in Walter Street,
in The Glen, about 6.30am
yesterday when she was attacked
by as many as three Irish
Her partner said the attack
was so frenzied it left “blood
everywhere and pieces of flesh
The woman would require
operations, including plastic
surgery, and it was not yet
known if she would walk again,
as one of her calf muscles
was “virtually all gone”, the
man, who did not wish to be
“It’s that extreme — it ’s more
like a shark attack,” he said.
He was also delivering
newspapers nearby and had been
left shaken and angry after the
attack on his partner.
“There are these three dogs
controlled by one guy, which is
crazy because they are the size of
a small horse,” he said.
“(She) fell to the ground in
fright and rolled down a big bank
and the dogs just took to her, just
tearing chunks off.
“ It ’s made me really, really
Two of the dogs were voluntarily
euthanised by their owner and
the Dunedin City Council’s
animal ser vices department was
investigating the extent of the
third dog’s role in the attack, the
Dunedin District Council said in
“The dog owner was shaken
and distressed by the incident,”
the council said.
“ No further decision will be
made (on the third dog’s fate)
until the DCC officers have
spoken to the victim.”
— Otago Daily Times
Greens refuse to back RMA changes
The Greens will not follow
Labour’s lead and support the
Government ’s proposed changes
to the Resource Management Act.
Labour says the bill is “a step in
the right direction” but the Greens
will not have a bar of it.
“Any changes to the law should
provide more protection for the
environment, not less,” Eugenie
“ Instead, many of the changes
weaken rather than improve protection and
reduce opportunities for public participation. ”
Environment Minister Nick Smith last week
announced he had struck a deal with the Maori
Party to get the bill through its first reading.
It had been stalled since 2013 because the
Government did not have the numbers.
Dr Smith had to drop some of the bill’s most
contentious clauses to gain the Maori Party’s
Labour’s environment spokesman, David
Parker, said his party had always been prepared
to support sensible improvements
to RMA processes.
“ We are pleased National lost
the battle to undermine the core
environmental protections in the
act,” he said.
Labour is not impressed with
the bill but says it will have “some
positive impacts around the
Dr Smith dropped plans to
change sections six and seven of the
act, which set out its purpose, and
give more weight to economic considerations.
The watered-down bill will make it easier and
quicker for building consents to be issued by
streamlining the processes councils use.
It has been generally welcomed by the business
and local government sectors.
Labour’s support will ensure Dr Smith has a
strong majority for the bill when it comes up for
its first reading on Thursday.
Labour and the Maori Party have not
guaranteed their support beyond the first
reading. — NZN
Man dies in farm accident
A Northland man has died on a
farm after his vehicle rolled this
Police and Work Safe New
property at Tamaterau, near
Whangarei, which happened
Emergency ser vices were called
to the property in Waiotara Lane
after the man’s utility vehicle
rolled on a hill.
The victim was in a critical
condition when St John staff
arrived, and died at the scene.
No details of the victim are
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Body found in Dunedin
Police are at the scene of an
incident in south Dunedin where
a body has been found.
The body was found in a
fenced-off lot in Strathallan
Street, Fairfax media reports.
An area was cordoned off.
Police confirmed they were
investigating the circumstances
that led to the death.
— Otago Daily Times
Bitumen tank blast kills man
A worker was killed in a bitumen explosion in
rural Waikato during a transfer process between
two tanks, police say.
Terence James Milne, 60, from Otorohanga,
died from burns after being coated in the
hot, oil-based material while working at
Corboy Earthmovers’ depot in Te Kawa, near
Otorohanga on Monday.
“ Initial indications are Mr Milne suffered
fatal injuries during a process of transferring
bitumen emulsion between two tanks using
compressed air,” senior sergeant Rupert Friend
of the Waikato district command centre said.
“ It appears one of the tanks has failed and
ruptured during this process.
“ Earlier reports the incident occurred as a
result of a collision between two tankers are
Police were assisting Work Safe New Zealand
in the investigation into Mr Milne’s death, Mr
Mr Milne’s family and friends have voiced
their sorrow at his death and paid tribute to
Sonny Te Ako Tahi said on Facebook he was
saddened to hear the news, and Mr Milne was
Mr Milne’s wife Janette said her husband had
been driving trucks for 41 years.
“He had lots and lots of friends . . . he was
very well-known,” she said. “ He was a great
family man, a warm, loving person who would
do anything for anybody.” — NZME
Dairy prices up but
Dairy product prices rose in
the latest Global Dairy Trade
auction, rebounding from three
an improvement in market
The GDT average winning
prices rose 3.6% to $US2419
($3618), from $2345 at the
previous auction two weeks ago,
and gaining for the first time
since the October 6 auction.
Some 28,158 tonnes of product
was sold, down from 30,044
tonnes two weeks ago.
The Agri HQ 2015-16 farm
gate milk price gained 21c
to $4.48 per kilogram milk
solids. This is comparable with
Fonterra’s current 2015-16 milk
price forecast of $4.60.
Whole milk powder prices
made considerable gains on
the NZX dairy futures market
over the past fortnight, with the
nearby contract lifting 8%.
That sentiment flowed into
GDT prices, according to Agri
HQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby.
To be sure, excess supply will
keep a lid on prices.
“ While we have seen a solid lift
in prices at this auction, market
fundamentals still remain weak
due to the sheer volume of milk
that is being produced across
the globe,” Ms Kilsby said in a
“Therefore any recovery in
prices is likely to occur slowly.”
Butter climbed 5.7% to $3009 a
tonne, while whole milk powder,
a key product for Westland
Milk Products, increased 5.3%
to $2260 ($3380) a tonne. Skim
milk powder rose 3.2% to $1918
a tonne, and anhydrous milk fat
added 2.3% to $3519 a tonne.
Lactose was 1.7% higher at
$507 a tonne.
Cheddar fell 1.5% to $2829
a tonne, rennet casein declined
4.3% to $5046 a tonne, while
butter milk powder dropped 5.6%
to $1729 a tonne. — NZME
Tot murder trial date set
A trial date has been set for
the man and woman accused of
murdering Taupo preschooler
Moko Sayviah Rangitoheriri.
Tania Shailer, 26, and David
William Haewera, 43, appeared
for a case review hearing in front
of Justice Timothy Brewer in the
High Court at Rotorua today.
A trial date has been set for
May next year.
The pair had previously pleaded
not guilty to one charge each of
murder in relation to the death of
the three-year-old in September.
Shailer was visibly shaking in
the dock throughout the hearing.
Haerewa remained emotionless.
remanded in custody and will
next appear at a pre-trial call over
on February 17.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
A head-on collision has closed
Hamilton’s Cobham Drive today.
The crash, involving two cars,
occurred at 8.10am, police said.
Waikato police senior sergeant
Pete van de Wetering said it
appeared the crash was due to a
man driving the wrong way.
“It appears that he has made a
right turn out of Hillsborough
Terrace on to Cobham Drive
into the path of southbound
traffic and collided head-on with
“The crash was not serious but
both vehicles suffered moderate
frontal damage, the airbags were
deployed and two (occupants)
suffered minor and moderate
Cobham Drive was closed for
about an hour as the scene was
cleared. — NZME
Police are seeking information
from the public on an armed
robbery at Kapiti Coast ’s Jolly
An armed offender entered
the pub, in Mazengarb Road
in Paraparaumu, at 4.30pm last
Police say one person has
been arrested in relation to
the incident, but they are still
seeking the public’s help in the
A statement said the offender
had been seen about the time of
the robbery in a silver Audi near
the road the pub was on and The
Armed robber sought
Paul Henry assault conviction
The man accused of shoving
and spitting at broadcaster Paul
Henry has been found guilty.
Diego Leonardo Chavez, 35,
appeared in the Auckland District
Court this morning where he
was found guilty of assault in a
reser ved decision by Judge David
Sharp. He was remanded on bail
until sentencing on February 5.
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