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Teenager’s body found
The body of an international
student swept away while swimming
in an estuary near Napier has been
found by police divers. A police
spokesman confirmed the body was
located yesterday about 2pm, near
where the 16-year-old boy went
missing. He disappeared shortly
before 4pm on Saturday.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Man dies under tractor
A man in his 60s who was crushed
yesterday morning was on his way to
go fishing when the tractor he was
using to tow a boat tipped over. The
man, who has a property on Waiheke
Island, was trapped under the tractor
and died at the scene. Fire brigade
chief Ron Leonard said emergency
ser vices lifted the tractor with air
bags and removed the man’s body.
Young man badly hurt
A 20-year-old man suffered serious
head injuries in an incident involving
a vehicle. Nelson police said the
incident occurred about 11pm on
Saturday in Headingly Lane, near
Richmond. Police have launched
a serious crash investigation and
conducted a scene examination to
establish what happened. — NZ ME
Van theft arrests
Three teenagers are in custody
in Invercargill after being caught
driving a stolen van almost 200km
in the South Island. Senior sergeant
Brian Benn said the three boys, two
aged 17 and one 16-year-old, were
stopped by police near Invercargill
about 4pm on Saturday. The trio had
allegedly stolen the van in D unedin
about 11pm on Friday before the
trip. “ The van was reported by
a member of the public as poor
driving. We received a driving
complaint,” Mr Benn said.
— Otago Daily Times
There was one division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1496 on Saturday.
The winning ticket was sold in
Pukekohe and the holder scoops
$1 million. Successful numbers
were 2, 9, 12, 15, 23, 25; bonus 34.
Strike numbers were 15, 12, 2, 23.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 8. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 12000: 1,
2, 10, 17, 21, 25, 27, 34, 39, 45, 46, 47,
51, 60, 64, 66, 68, 74, 75, 76. Draw No
12001: 4, 12, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33,
42, 43, 46, 47, 49, 50, 54, 59, 67, 71, 75.
Draw No 12002: 1, 4, 12, 15, 17, 23,
24, 28, 29, 34, 47, 50, 52, 58, 65, 68, 69,
71, 72, 77. Draw No 12003: 7, 9, 10,
15, 19, 23, 26, 29, 31, 33, 38, 40, 48, 49,
61, 62, 63, 70, 77, 79. Draw No 12004:
6, 16, 23, 26, 31, 34, 35, 44, 45, 50, 53,
54, 55, 63, 64, 68, 69, 72, 74, 75. Draw
No 12005: 1, 6, 8, 12, 16, 21, 22, 24, 26,
28, 31, 32, 41, 45, 48, 53, 67, 72, 73, 76.
Draw No 12006: 3, 6, 21, 22, 28, 33,
37, 41, 42, 43, 49, 50, 52, 59, 65, 67, 68,
70, 71, 79. Draw No 12007: 1, 5, 9, 11,
14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 24, 25, 32, 34, 38,
41, 46, 49, 51, 77.
Two badly burned in separate incidents
One person remains in hospital after a
crash on the Auckland Harbour Bridge
after a police chase last night that left
eight people injured.
The smash happened after a silver
BMW allegedly drove across three lanes,
causing other vehicles to brake. The
driver was also alleged to have overtaken
vehicles on the motor way shoulder.
The vehicle crashed into another car on
the bridge clip-one lanes around 8.10pm.
This morning a woman remained
in Auckland Hospital emergency
department in a stable condition, a
District Health Board spokeswoman
All other patients are believed to have
Eight people were taken to the hospital
two with moderate injuries and six
with minor injuries — following the
crash which caused massive tailbacks on
the arterial route.
It followed six complaints to police
about the silver BMW ’s erratic behaviour
as it travelled south on the Northern
Motor way from Dairy Flat. Police began
a pursuit before the car crashed into
another on the northbound clip-on of
The driver was taken into police custody
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Eight hurt in
crash after chase
burned in a gas bottle incident
at the weekend is now in a stable
The Hastings-based Lowe
was called to a rural property in
Kotemaori, a settlement north of
Hastings, about 10.15am yesterday.
He was flown to Hawke’s Bay
Regional Hospital in Hastings in a
serious condition and later taken to
In another incident, a person who
suffered serious burns in a bonfire
incident in Hamilton on Saturday
night was in critical condition in
The person suffered burns to the
face and torso.
A neighbour said he heard a lot
of noise coming from the home
including what sounded like
someone banging a drum.
He said it sounded like the young
occupants were having a party.
A St John spokesman said an
ambulance was called to the Insoll
Avenue blaze about 10.20pm.
One patient was taken to Waikato
Hospital, where a spokeswoman
confirmed they remained in a
critical condition in the intensive
Northern Fire Ser vice spokesman
Colin Underdown said two fire
trucks rushed to the scene to assist
ambulance officers, after receiving a
call about the person’s burns.
He said the fire was outside the
house and believed to be a bonfire,
but had been put out by the
occupants. — NZ ME
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A nine-month-old kitten faces
an uncertain future after it was
shot three times with an air rifle.
X-rays revealed Burmese
kitten Valentine had two pellets
embedded in its body — one on
ner ves in its skull and one on the
spine. A third pellet had shattered
around its left eye, causing the cut
that alerted owner Sharon Hunter
that something was wrong.
The fragmented pellet and
the one on Valentine’s spine
were removed at a cost of about
$500 on Friday, but the pellet
on her skull needs specialist
neurosurgery. If it cannot be
removed, the kitten will lose its
ability to eat and will have to be
Ms Hunter has reported the
incident to police, spoken to the
SPCA and posted leaflets around
her Coronet Place, Avondale,
neighbourhood, offering a $100
reward for information.
“I’m not a person who cries.
This made me cry and it made me
angry,” she said.
“She is the cutest, sweetest little
kitten. She was playing in the
summer sun, doing no harm to
Valentine was on strong pain
medication and was comfortable,
but was in distress when Ms
Hunter discovered the wound
about 8pm on Thursday.
“The poor little creature. She
must ’ve been in so much pain.
Imagine your eye having sharp
things piercing on it?”
Ms Hunter initially did not
realise her kitten had been shot.
X-rays the following day revealed
the cause of Valentine’s pain.
The mum-of-three will consult
an animal neurosurgeon this
week to plan a second operation
— e xpected to cost several
thousand dollars — to remove the
“ I’d do anything for my beloved
animals. I’ve got the ability to pay
that money but some people don’t
have that. It concerns me that
there is someone of limited brain
capability in this area.”
Her vet had already told her
Valentine’s left eye drainage and
tear ducts had been damaged, but
the impact on the kitten’s sight
was not yet known.
Ms Hunter said she was
determined to bring the
perpetrator to justice.
Information received from
publicity about Valentine’s plight
would be passed on to the police
and Ms Hunter would “go all the
way ” to court if needed.
“ I’ll pay for a lawyer, anything.
You picked the wrong person to
do this to.” — NZME
Owner furious after kitten shot three times
Sharon Hunter with Valentine, which still has an air rifle pellet lodged in its skull.
Judith Collins has
been reinstated as both
and Police Minister after
Prime Minister John Key
unveiled a cabinet reshuffle
Lotu-Iiga has appeared to
struggle with Serco, the
international private contractor running
Mount Eden Corrections Facility.
Mr Lotu-Iiga will remain a minister
and pick up local government from
Paula Bennett. He is a former Auckland
city councillor and a former lawyer.
Police is currently held by Michael
Woodhouse, who may be over-stretched
because he also has workplace relations
and safety, plus immigration.
The long-anticipated departure of
Trade Minister Tim Groser to become
ambassador to the United States was
announced today, although his actual
resignation may be delayed until
February, giving him the chance to sign
the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement
he has spent the past seven years
Mr Groser’s trade portfolio is expected
to go to Todd McClay.
Inland Revenue is expected to go to
Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith.
Speculation on RNZ that Foreign
Minister Murray McCully could be
returned to the back bench after an
illness was wrong. Mr Key is expecting
him to return to work and his portfolio
in the New Year.
Ms Collins held both the corrections
and police portfolios in the
first term of the National
She resigned from the
justice portfolio during the
2014 election campaign
from blogger Cameron
Slater implicated her in a
campaign to undermine
the position of former
Serious Fraud Office head
Ms Collins was cleared in an inquiry
by retired High Court Judge Lester
Chisholm more than a year ago — after
Mr Key had picked his third-term cabinet.
This is his first reshuffle since then.
Ms Collins sur vived a prolonged
controversy earlier last year for helping
the Oravida firm in China associated
with her husband, but before that she
was one of Mr Key ’s best-performing
ministers for almost two terms.
Ms Collins knocked Corrections into
shape in the first term of the National
Government. Anne Tolley had it in the
Mr Key indicated this morning
his reshuffle would be “minor”. That
suggests there will be another one part-
way through the year.
MPs tipped for promotion this term
include first-termer and Act leader David
Seymour, Mark Mitchell, the foreign
affairs select committee chairman, and
Alfred Ngaro, the chairman of the social
ser vices select committee.
Mr Key ’s reshuffle move gives new
ministers a chance to get up to speed on
their new portfolios.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
New Zealand’s special agricultural
trade envoy says a bid by animal
activists to slate the country’s dairy
industry is “grossly irresponsible”.
Animal welfare group SAFE
placed a graphic advertisement to
shame the industry in the Guardian
newspaper at the weekend.
Under the caption “New Zealand
dairy contaminated with cruelty” it
showed a picture of a tall glass of
milk swirling with calves, blood
and milk, and asked readers: “Are
you consuming New Zealand dairy
The print ad was part of a
$10,000-plus advertising campaign
which also includes two weeks of
A recent investigation by
Farmwatch and SAFE uncovered
abuse in the dairy industry,
including calves being left for
hours in the sun, and being
kicked and beaten by workers at a
slaughterhouse before being killed.
Hidden camera footage was
released along with the investigation
Trade envoy Mike Peterson
said the decision to run a smear
campaign in the sensitive UK
market was “grossly irresponsible”
and misrepresented the truth.
“The thing that disappoints me
the most is they are trying to take
the actions of a few and portraying
these actions as those of an industry
and that ’s simply not correct,” he
“I can assure you that farmers are
serious every day when it comes to
animal welfare and we have been
badly let down by a few who should
face serious consequences.”
Mr Peterson said if SAFE was
serious about animal welfare it
should have been handed the
shocking footage over to police and
MPI within hours of obtaining it.
While it was unlikely to cause any
long-term harm to New Zealand
dairy industry it did have the
potential to make a few consumers
look twice at the products they
Federated Farmers dairy industry
chairman Andrew Hoggard said he
The industry was worth nearly
$9 billion to the New Zealand
economy in the past financial
year and the United Kingdom
accounted for about $26 million of
dairy exports, he said.
SAFE executive director Hans
Kriek said the group launched the
campaign because it had learned
from the past that the Government
and farming industry were slow
to act when animal cruelty was
He said SAFE might be seen as
disloyal but added: “ We obviously
don’t have the ability to destroy the
New Zealand dairy industry.”
Dairy cruelty ad draws fire
The advertisement which ran in the Guardian on Saturday.
Former Malaysian Embassy staffer
Muhammed Rizalman claims he
was stressed at work because of
corrupt seniors and says a culture of
blaming underlings led to negative
assessments of him.
The latest revelations are contained
in an expert report into Rizalman’s
mental fitness, released by the courts
Rizalman, 39, last week admitted
indecently assaulting Wellington
woman Tania Billingsley at her flat in
May 2014, but he disputes aspects of
the Crown case against him.
He saw Ms Billingsley, then 21,
in Brooklyn and, he said, believed
she had given him a look that gave
permission to follow her. He says he
wanted to talk about his problems.
A sensational disputed facts
hearing on Friday heard Rizalman
admitted smoking cannabis, buying
legal highs and believing in black
The Crown questioned him about
that, asking if he defecated outside
Ms Billingsley ’s house because he
was trying to cast a love spell on her.
Rizalman maintains he suffered
from diarrhoea and entered Ms
Billingsley ’s house to clean himself
up, but the Crown says the motive
was sexual and he had tried to make
moves on other women in the days
Rizalman did not admit smoking
the legal highs he bought and said
at the time of his offending he was
suffering from stress because of
pressures at work.
University of Auckland professor
of psychiatry Graham Mellsop
inter viewed Rizalman last month
and his report was submitted to the
High Court at Wellington.
During the inter view Rizalman
said a 2014 report by a Malaysian
Army medical team “contained those
negative things about him because
it was the Malaysian way to always
blame their underlings”.
Rizalman was appointed to his
Wellington posting in September
2013. He was an assistant to the
defence attache and found the
“His major concern was that there
was an element if corruption by
his superiors with which he, as an
underling, had to comply,” Professor
Mellsop’s report said.
“ It was, he said, immoral. So he had
not wanted to comply, but felt that he
had to obey the orders of superiors.
“ He became ‘stressed’, developed
headaches, the excessive sleepiness
and the forgetfulness described in his
Rizalman said he did not try to alter
his feeling by resorting to alcohol
or drugs, which under his Islamic
religion, would have been wrong or
Prof Mellsop said it was difficult
to form a conclusive opinion of
Rizalman’s mental state at May
2014, because not “appropriately
skilled psychiatric assessment ” was
But the professor ’s expert opinion,
“on the balance of probabilities”,
from symptoms consistent with
combination of anxiety and
ingestion of cannabis or cannabinoid
“My opinion is therefore that not
only was he not suffering from a
disease of the mind, but that he did
know both nature and quality of his
actions and that he was capable of
considering their moral wrongfulness
commonly accepted standards.”
In court on Friday, Rizalman’s lawyer
Donald Stevens, QC, questioned the
robustness of the Malaysian report
and noted how concerned Rizalman’s
wife had been about his behaviour.
Prof Mellsop said: “His account of
his difficulties differs according to
whom he is talking, and at different
times. ” — NZME
Sex-accused diplomat claims he was stressed
US to take part
in air show
The United States Air Force will
take part in a flying display at the
Warbirds over Wanaka international
air show for the first time in the
event ’s 28-year history.
Brigadier-General Gregory M
Guillot has confirmed the US Pacific
Air Forces’ Hawaii-based C-17
Globemaster III demonstration team
will be put through its paces at the
Easter air show. The Globemaster is
53m long, has a wingspan of 52m,
weighs 128 tonnes, and has a cruising
speed of 830kph and a range of
The US Air Force’s last involvement
with the air show was in 2010 when
an LC-130 was on static display.
The C-17 Globemaster has been
suggested as a possible replacement
for the RNZAF’s ageing Hercules
C-130 fleet. — Otago Daily Times
Police search home in
Dunedin homicide probe
A house in Kaikorai belonging to a
co-worker of Karin Ann Ross, 51, of
Green Island, who was found dead in
Dunedin last week, has been searched by
police as part of a homicide investigation.
About 30 police and specialist staff
were working on the investigation,
police spokesman Nic Barkley said.
He declined to comment on why
police were searching the co-worker’s
Nairn Street home.
Ms Ross’s name was released after a
post-mortem examination and detailed
scene investigation of the Strathallan
Street car park at Spotless cleaning
ser vices, where her body was found last
Wednesday about 2am.
A death notice said Ms Ross had two
children, and a partner, Richard.
A work colleague, who declined to be
named, said Ms Ross was a “really great
“ Her team loved her.” The long-ser ving
employee was “one of those straight
“Staff knew where they were with
“S he was a wonderful person.
“S he worked hard for her kids.”
Cleaning staff were feeling traumatised
and stressed, the worker said.
“There isn’t anything bad you could
ever say about Karin.”
A tent was erected on the lawn in front
of the Nairn Street house.
Reports suggest police arrived there
late Friday afternoon.
The house was guarded by security
guards throughout the weekend as police
staff carried out their work.
Mr Barkley said the house was “one of
many sites of interest ”.
He could not say how the house was
connected to the investigation, or how
long the scene examination would take.
Extra police have been brought in to
Dunedin to help with the demands of
the homicide investigation and inquiries
into two recent incidents involving
attacks on women.
— Otago Daily Times
Woman stabbed to death
Police have launched a homicide
inquiry after a 55-year-old woman was
stabbed in Wellington.
They are speaking to a 27-year-old
man about the incident. He was located
a short distance from the property.
Police were called to a home in the
suburb of Churton Park in the northern
suburbs of Wellington about 7.35pm
They found the woman at the house
upon arrival. She had died at the scene.
“ Police believe the victim has been
stabbed at the address,” they said in a
They were not seeking anyone else in
relation to the death of the woman.
Police and victim support were
speaking with family members and
A post mortem and scene examination
will be carried out over the next few
days. — NZ ME
One person died and four others
were injured — including a child and a
pregnant woman — after two vehicles
collided head-on in south Waikato about
6pm on Saturday.
Police said two people were seriously
injured and two had moderate injuries,
after the collision on State highway 1,
just south of Hydro Road.
“At this point we believe two vehicles,
each with two occupants, have collided
head-on,” a police statement said.
According to a Westpac rescue
helicopter statement, a south-bound
people mover and a northbound sedan
collided head-on .
The driver of the sedan remained
trapped in the vehicle and died at the
scene, while a five-months pregnant
woman in her 30s — a passenger of the
people mover — was flown to Waikato
Hospital with a fractured sternum.
Several other passengers, from both
vehicles, were transported from the scene
by road ambulance.
One of the passengers was a child.
Two of the four patients have now
been discharged from Waikato Hospital,
including the child.
The pregnant woman, and a man are
both stable in wards.
Tr a ffi c was diverted around the crash
on Tirau Road, Karapiro.
The police serious crash unit is
investigating but say it is too early to
determine the cause of the crash.
Six crashes were reported in the space
of three hours on Saturday, police said.
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