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A baby was born on the side of
an Auckland road late last night.
Emergency services were called
to Botany Road just after 11pm
after a woman went into labour. A
midwife was also called to the scene.
A northern police communications
spokesman said the mother gave birth
to a healthy boy and both mother and
child were well. It is understood they
were taken to Middlemore Hospital.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
A diver has been found dead on
the sea floor near Red Rocks in
Wellington. The 45-year-old man
was a scuba diver and found by
another diver on the sea floor about
2.50pm on Saturday, police said. The
diver attempted CPR, but the man
was pronounced dead at the scene,
police said. — N ZM E
Woman dies in water
A woman died after an incident
at Sulphur Point in Tauranga.
Emergency ser vices were called
just after 4pm on Saturday but the
woman, who was found floating face
down in the water, died at the scene.
Senior sergeant Mike Membery said
he understood the woman was alive
when she was found. It was not yet
confirmed whether her death was
a drowning. “ There was a possible
medical incident first, but that ’s
speculative (at this point).” — NZME
Car park assault
A youth was attacked in a south
Auckland car park early today. An
ambulance spokesman said a person
was taken to Middlemore Hospital
following an assault in Papatoetoe.
He is understood to have serious
head injuries. The attack happened in
a public car park at Eric Baker Place
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Four tickets, sold in Wellington,
Auckland city, Orewa and Pinehill
(both Auckland suburbs) shared the
division one prize in Lotto draw
No 1498 on Saturday, winning
$250,000 each. Successful numbers
were 1, 16, 23, 25, 27, 33; bonus 3.
Strike numbers were 25, 16, 27, 33.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 6. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 12028: 1,
5, 12, 13, 18, 21, 29, 32, 38, 43, 45, 52,
59, 61, 63, 64, 69, 71, 76, 77. Draw No
12029: 2, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 27, 45,
46, 48, 50, 52, 54, 55, 60, 61, 70, 72, 73.
Draw No 12030: 4, 11, 12, 17, 21, 25,
26, 28, 45, 47, 50, 51, 54, 64, 70, 71, 72,
73, 75, 80. Draw No 12031: 3, 9, 12,
19, 21, 25, 32, 34, 37, 41, 44, 45, 46, 49,
55, 56, 60, 62, 68, 79. Draw No 12032:
4, 5, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 29, 34, 36, 48,
51, 52, 54, 58, 66, 70, 71, 75, 80. Draw
No 12033: 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 24, 26, 31, 33,
39, 41, 49, 53, 57, 58, 62, 69, 71, 72, 75.
Draw No 12034: 2, 5, 10, 11, 14, 21,
22, 23, 26, 28, 35, 39, 41, 42, 53, 60, 67,
72, 78, 79. Draw No 12035: 4, 5, 9, 10,
17, 18, 19, 29, 37, 40, 41, 50, 53, 57, 59,
62, 67, 76, 78, 79.
Hero pilot lands conviction, $5800 fine
Firefighters are confident they are
in control of a Marlborough fire after
fighting it for three days.
About 120 people and seven helicopters
are battling the blaze in Wairau Valley,
which has already burned through
1200ha of forestry and farmland.
The region’s principal rural fire officer,
Richard McNamara, said the perimeter
dug by firefighters has held, despite
strong winds, RNZ reported.
Extensive thermal imaging will take
place later in the week to ensure there is
no danger of flare-ups.
About 1200ha of pine forest and
grassland have been destroyed. — NZ N
Fire under control
Police have found the body of missing
Waiuku man Lance John Murphy, 56.
A 51-year-old man, also from Waiuku,
has been charged with murder and will
appear in the Manukau District Court
Mr Murphy was last seen at the
BP ser vice station in Warkworth on
November 21. Five days later police
found his car at a property just 2km away.
Mr Murphy’s blood was found in the
Mr Murphy’s body was found in a field
at a rural property near Wellsford over
His body was not hidden.
The hunt for a second man believed
to be connected to Mr Murphy’s
disappearance is ongoing.
Steven Brent Gunbie, 57, lived at the
property where Mr Murphy’s car was
found. He is well known to police and
wanted for failing to appear in court on a
Police say he has access to firearms and
should not be approached.
A source said the connection between
Mr Murphy, the murder accused and
Gunbie was still unclear.
The murder-accused was also known to
It is understood Mr Murphy’s death is
being investigated as a drug deal gone
wrong. — N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
A helicopter pilot prosecuted for
flying while suspended to rescue an
injured hunter in remote bush, who
was in a “ life and death situation”,
has today been denied a discharge
without conviction, and instead been
convicted and fined $5800.
Kaikoura pilot Dave Armstrong,
formerly of Hokitika, had been
grounded because of a medical
condition when Christchurch hunter
Scott Lee fell down a bluff and broke
his leg in the remote Puhi Puhi Valley,
north of Kaikoura, in April last year.
The Westpac rescue helicopter was
unable to find the hunter in bad
Armstrong, 63, answered a plea to
help and completed the rescue from
the “precarious” position, despite
earlier being grounded after suffering
Rescuers, and Mr Lee, feared he
would have died if Armstrong had
not stepped in.
However, the Civil Aviation
Authority (CAA) still charged
Armstrong with breaches of the Civil
Judge Tony Couch today rejected an
application for a discharge without
Armstrong earlier admitted charges
that on April 5 last year he flew a
Robinson R44 helicopter without an
appropriate medical certificate issued
under the Civil Aviation Act and that
he failed to accurately record flight
details in his pilot logbook.
He also admitted flying without a
medical certificate on April 21 last
year during a police search operation
in the Clarence River area.
Related charges against Kaikoura
Helicopters Ltd were dropped.
This morning in the Christchurch
District Court, defence counsel Craig
Ruane said Mr Lee found himself in
a “ life and death situation”.
To expect Mr Armstrong to say, “I ’m
not going to do this”, and leave Mr
Lee to die, was not a realistic option,
Mr Ruane said.
A conviction would send a
“dangerous signal” to all pilots,
especially those involved in search
and rescue, and would “inevitably lead
to loss of lives”, he said.
CAA lawyer Chris Macklin said
the case was “very simple” and
“ very serious”. Mr Armstrong had
demonstrated a sustained contempt
for aviation laws, he said.
A discharge without conviction
would send a “very unhelpful message”
to the industry, Mr Macklin added.
Earlier Mr Armstrong feared what
message his case could create.
He said: “We’ll end up being a
nation that doesn’t care a rat about
anybody. That ’s why it’s probably got
so much public support.”
Rescued hunter, Mr Lee, who was in
court today, earlier said he would have
died if it was not for his rescuer.
In considering whether a discharge
without conviction was appropriate,
Judge Couch said he had to first assess
the gravity of the offending, then the
direct and indirect consequences
of a conviction, and whether those
consequences are out of proportion to
During the April 5 rescue,
Armstrong was in control of the
chopper for about 10 to 15 minutes.
But Judge Couch said it was a flight
during difficult conditions, close to
hills, and Armstrong was the only
pilot on board.
“It was a high risk situation,” the
judge said. “Had he suffered even
a momentary loss of awareness
or control, there was the very real
possibility of death or injury to the
four people in the helicopter.”
Even though the April 5 situation
was an emergency, the CAA rules
meant Armstrong was not allowed to
fly, no matter what.
emergency, the defendant was not
permitted to operate the helicopter,”
Judge Couch said.
It would be “fundamentally wrong”
for the courts to make a ruling against
the CAA rules, he added.
The summary of facts describes
the second incident where police —
unaware that Mr Armstrong had
been grounded because of his medical
condition — asked him to help search
for three people overdue from a
kayaking trip on the Clarence River
on April 21 last year.
Mr Armstrong flew a fellow pilot
and a police constable in the search
before being stood down as the
missing trio were located elsewhere.
He later admitted asking his fellow
pilot to document the entire flight —
as he did with the rescued hunter — in
their pilot logbook and not his own.
After the sentencing, Mr Lee said he
was “really gutted” for Mr Armstrong,
who since the rescue, had become a
“ To get a conviction, after all of this,
is just devastating. I owe my life to
Dave.” — NZME
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Senior firefighter Paul Manu holds the kitten.
For firefighters, the cliche
callout is “cat stuck up tree” —
but when the call comes in that
there is a kitten stuck in a car
engine, they respond with all they
“ I’ve been in the job 31 years
and it was probably one the
most interesting jobs I’ve been
on,” Ellerslie station officer Ian
Richards said after responding
to a call for help after a cat was
found stuck in a car’s engine
compartment on Friday.
Mr Richards said the kitten
was discovered about 9.45am by
a woman who had driven about
1km to her local Briscoes store on
Mount Wellington Highway and
“ luckily” heard meowing coming
from under the bonnet.
When she opened up the
bonnet, she could see a small
ginger kitten was trapped so
called the Fire Ser vice which sent
“At first we thought it was
dead, but then we poked it and it
moved, thankfully,” Mr Richards
“It was an interesting one
because we had to take apart the
motor area bit-by-bit and then we
got it (the kitten) out. Then we
put it back together again.
“The kitten was only about as
big as your hand.”
When the firefighters extracted
the kitten from the engine area,
after about an hour’s work,
the crowd who had gathered
applauded and “a box appeared
from somewhere” and the woman
left to take the kitten back
home. She suspected it was her
“ It was a good exercise for the
guys and thankfully it had a
happy ending. ”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Kitten sur vives ordeal in car engine bay
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald
Firefighters reassemble the car after rescuing the kitten, held by the fireman at right.
Police are pleading with motorists to
take care after at least seven people died
in a deadly weekend on the country’s
Five lethal crashes on Saturday and
yesterday brought this year’s road toll to
at least 303, compared with 271 at the
same time last year.
The weekend’s toll was higher even than
for the three days at Labour Weekend
and included one crash described by
rescuers as “the most horrific ” they had
attended in recent times.
In the latest fatal accident, about
5.30pm yesterday near Carterton, a man
was flung from a car and died despite
paramedics’ best efforts.
In the Bay of Plenty, one person died
and four others were injured — one
seriously — in a three-car crash on State
highway 2 near Katikati about 3.30pm.
Two people were trapped and it took
firefighters an hour to free the driver
from the wreckage. The other two cars
were approximately 20m further down
All four of the injured were from
Earlier in the day, about 9.30am, one
person died and two were seriously hurt
north of Kaitaia when a four-wheel-
drive utility vehicle went 150m off the
road and crashed into a paddock.
Just hours before that, a member of the
public found the body of a 19-year-old
Briton who had been flung from his car
About 2pm on Saturday, at Atiamuri,
near Taupo, two men and a woman in
their early 20s — all from Manawatu —
died when their southbound car crossed
the centre line and hit a truck.
Michael Harley Soo, 23, David James
Hills, 22, and Jessie Nicholson, 23, were
killed when the car they were travelling
on State highway 1 collided head-on
with the truck.
The collision — on a stretch of road with
a temporary 30kph limit after two other
crashes there in the slippery conditions
— left the red Toyota unrecognisable and
crushed beneath the front of the truck.
Rescuers said the crash was “horrific”.
Fire Ser vice executive Hamish Smith
said the woman was still alive when
crews arrived, but died as they tried to
free her from the wreck.
“ It would be one of the more horrific
and serious accidents that the staff would
have dealt with in the last 12 months.”
An investigation is under way.
The crash, and others throughout
the country, were a bleak reminder for
motorists to take care, especially so
c lose to Christmas, Taupo road policing
manager sergeant Murray Hamilton
“(The weekend toll) is worse than even
a long weekend and we are only just
starting to get into the Christmas traffic
flow. The biggest message is to drive to
the conditions, especially at the moment
with all the wild weather we are having,
and drive to the speed limit.
“A lot of people are driving at the
moment and we want everyone to get
there safely for Christmas. ”
The official Transport Agency road
toll was 296 deaths on Friday, compared
with 271 at the same time last year.
A spokeswoman said the weekend’s
fatalities had not been officially
recorded, but if there were only the
seven reported deaths, the toll would
come to 303.
Matthew-Wilson said the deaths
especially near Taupo — were
unnecessary and could have been
prevented. He was “sickened” after
viewing the mangled wreckage.
“The road in question was wide and
even, making median barrier installation
straightfor ward. Yet, there was no
median barrier and now there are three
more dead people. ”
The toll could have been even worse
after seven people were admitted to
hospital from a two-car collision on
the Napier-Taupo highway yesterday
morning. None were reported to be
seriously injured, but they were taken
to Hawke’s Bay Hospital mainly for
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
A woman is in hospital after a fire
engine rushing to a job crashed into the
back of a car she was driving in south
The truck was travelling with its lights
and sirens on down Chapel Road, East
Tamaki, when it drove into the back
of the car at the intersection of Smales
Counties Manukau police senior
sergeant Jeremy Field said the crash
happened at 11.56am yesterday.
“A fire engine was on its way to an
incident and a vehicle in front has seen
the fire engine coming from behind and
braked and as a result the fire engine has
run into the vehicle,” he said.
A St John spokeswoman said the
woman driving the vehicle was taken
to Middlemore Hospital with moderate
Mr Field said she was complaining of
Counties Manukau Fire Ser vice
assistant area commander Craig Monrad
said the truck involved was from the
Howick station and was responding to a
car accident in Whitford.
“As they approached the incident
there was a car in front and the driver
braked, and as a consequence the truck
collected the car and pushed in through
the intersection and into the traffic light
on the other side of the intersection.”
Money lender fined $30,000
An unlicensed Auckland money
lender has been fined $30,000 and the
company ’s clients will not have to pay
back their loans.
Sunway Finance Ltd, formerly owned
and operated by Yuan Rong Yang, was
found guilty of three charges brought
by the Commerce Commission under
the Credit Contracts and Consumer
Finance Act 2003 in the Auckland
District Court on Friday.
All of the company ’s contracts were
Yang was fined $22,500, banned from
lending indefinitely and was ordered to
pay $3000 to a complainant when he
appeared in court on similar charges in
October. At the time, his loan contracts
were also quashed.
According to the Commerce
Commission, Yang had been lending to
Auckland’s Chinese community for at
least 17 years.
In sentencing Sunway, Judge
Christopher Field said: “ There was a
general and blatant failure to provide
the necessary documentation to those
who may well have been desperate and
prepared to enter into any agreement,
In October, Yang pleaded guilty to
charges relating to failing to provide key
information to his customers about their
loans. At that hearing in the Auckland
District Court, Judge Mary Sharp
described him as “an unscrupulous
lender, a loan shark” who was charging
“exorbitant and appalling” interest rates.
He loaned money personally, and
through his business — part of which
involved him targeting potential
borrowers at Sky City Auckland casino,
which led to him trespassing on the
premises in November 2012.
Commissioner Anna Rawlings said
Yang often made verbal agreements with
borrowers, who were often members of
his own community, rather than having
“Mr Yang operated his business
without disclosing any basic information
to borrowers, including his method for
charging interest, the credit fees and
charges, the amount of each repayment
and total number of payments required.
The law requires lenders to disclose
this information, and more, to ensure
that borrowers can properly understand
the obligations they are committing to
when taking out a loan,” Ms Rawlings
$50 interest a week, for every $1000
borrowed — which equated to an annual
interest rate of about 260%. — N ZM E
Trip home no fun for AC/DC fans
A trio of AC/DC fans found
themselves in a spot of trouble and
needing police help when they tried
to return home by sea from the
band’s Wellington concert.
They were travelling by yacht
across Cook Strait back to Picton
when the weather became rough
and the only experienced sailor on
board was hit on the head with the
boom and knocked overboard.
After he managed to get back
on the yacht, his friends called
emergency ser vices for help —
and luckily, the Wellington police
maritime unit ’s launch, the Lady
Elizabeth IV, was nearby.
“ We happened to be close by so
we got an experienced sailor on to
the vessel,” constable Kurt Marshall
said. “One of us was sailing while
the other was administering first
aid to the male with injuries.”
The Westpac rescue helicopter
flew out a paramedic out and
winched him down to the Lady
Elizabeth IV, and he was then
transferred on to the yacht to take
over first aid.
The police crew then sailed the
vessel back to Wellington Harbour,
where the injured man was taken to
hospital by ambulance.
He had suffered a “ large gash to
his forehead and a gash to his lip”
and had also complained of a sore
neck, Mr Marshall said.
The yacht was carrying life jackets,
but the three men had not been
wearing them, he said.
“There had been alcohol consumed
— how much we don’t know. There
were only a couple of open vessels.”
The injured skipper’s friends
ended up returning to the South
Island by ferry.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Speedsters face dangerous driving charges
Two Dunedin men have been
charged with dangerous driving for
allegedly driving at high speed with
young children in their cars.
Southern district command centre
senior sergeant Craig Dinnissen
said the two drivers, aged 49 and
50, were stopped heading south on
State highway 1 near Palmerston,
about 6pm yesterday, following a
complaint about two cars being
Mr Dinnissen would not say
what speed the black 2008 Holden
Commodore Club Sport and blue
2000 Holden Commodore Berlina
were travelling at, but said they
had been driving “well in excess of
the speed limit and having passed
several cars on double yellow
Most concerning was there
were three children and a female
passenger in each car, he said.
The occupants of both cars were
known to each other, but Mr
Dinnissen could not confirm if they
were racing each other.
They had been at the same event
in Christchurch, and were returning
to Dunedin, he said.
Police are seeking witnesses to
any further offending by the two
“Police take this type of driving
as a very serious risk to all road
users and encourage members of
the public to report any dangerous
driving immediately,” Mr Dinnissen
“Coming up to the Christmas
period, we want to ensure
everybody gets to enjoy some
Christmas pudding and celebrate
the festive season with all their
whanau, family, clan and loved ones
present.” — Otago Daily Times
Fire damages factory
A major fire broke out at a factory in
Kelston, west Auckland, on Saturday
The Fire Ser vice was alerted to the blaze
at 7.30pm, and 10 engines attended.
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said the
blaze had completely engulfed the
factory on Cartwright Road. — NZ ME
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