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Smash claims life
A man died and two others were
injured after a head-on crash in Te
Awamutu yesterday. Emergency
services were called to the Paterangi
Road crash about 4.30pm where
the man crossed the centre line on a
corner, the Waikato rescue helicopter
ser vice said. A woman driver, in her
60s, in the other vehicle, was trapped
in her car. The woman and a six-
year-old boy were flown to Waikato
Hospital. Another young boy with less
serious injuries was taken to Waikato
Hospital in n ambulance. — NZME
An Auckland teacher accused of
molesting four of his students has
denied all charges against him. The
man, in his 50s, faces nine counts
of indecent assault, which allegedly
took place over a three-year period
beginning in 2012. The defendant
was granted name suppression as was
the name of the school. The case will
be back before the court in March.
Safety fears close road
A popular holiday spot near
Wellington has been shut off because
of safety concerns. The Kapiti Coast
District Council has closed the
Otaki Gorge Road to traffic and
pedestrians, blocking access to the
Otaki Forks area and Tararua Forest
Park. Contractors clearing debris
from slips have discovered much
larger cracks above the road. The
whole hillside could be slipping,
Mayor Ross Church said. The road
could be closed for months rather
than weeks, he said. — NZ ME
Drinks spiking warning
Police are warning Christmas
revellers to be alert after two women
had their drinks spiked. The separate
incidents, in Palmerston North,
involved women drinking low
amounts of alcohol but both suffered
from the effects of drink spiking,
including feeling light-headed or
dizzy, memory loss, numbness,
feeling unwell and, in one case, being
violently ill the next day, Manawatu
detective sergeant Gary Milligan
said. — NZ ME
Chimp dies after fight
Temba, a chimp at Wellington
Zoo, died on Saturday night
following surgery after a run-in
with the alpha male chimp, Marty.
Wellington Zoo posted the news on
its Facebook page late on Monday
night. “(Temba) was attended by our
veterinary team and had surgery to
repair leg wounds. Unfortunately,
there were complications during the
recovery and Temba was euthanised. ”
Numbers in Keno draw No 12068:
41, 47, 49, 54, 56, 66, 69, 77. Draw No
12069: 3, 6, 9, 13, 20, 23, 25, 28, 29,
32, 35, 36, 39, 53, 54, 55, 57, 62, 68, 76.
Draw No 12070: 1, 4, 9, 16, 17, 21, 23,
40, 44, 48, 54, 55, 57, 59, 62, 64, 67, 70,
72, 74. Draw No 12071: 4, 5, 6, 10, 21,
23, 24, 26, 38, 43, 51, 54, 61, 65, 69, 70,
75, 76, 77, 79.
A Wanaka resident facing 17 charges
of child molestation and threatening to
kill has been remanded on bail by Judge
In the Q ueenstown District Court
yesterday, Richard James Parkinson, 41,
entered no plea to the charges, relating
to two victims, dated between January 1,
2007 and August 14, 2010.
All the alleged offending occurred in
the North Island.
Parkinson faces seven charges of sexual
violation, carrying a maximum sentence
of 20 years’ imprisonment, and one of
unlawfully detaining a child under 12
without the child’s consent and with
intent to have sexual intercourse, which
has a maximum sentence of 14 years.
He also faces three charges of indecent
assault of a child under 12, three of
doing an indecent act on a child, and
one of attempted sexual connection —
all carrying a maximum sentence of 10
years’ imprisonment; and two charges
of threatening to kill, which has a
maximum sentence of seven years.
While prosecuting sergeant Ian Collin
said police opposed bail for Parkinson,
he submitted electronically monitored
bail would be appropriate in the
Lawyer Paul Chambers, of Auckland,
said Parkinson was already on strict bail
conditions and there was “nothing to
suggest a change in the circumstances”
that would warrant stricter bail
conditions to be imposed.
That was in relation to alleged
offending in the Whanganui area, on
which Parkinson was next due before
the court in March.
Judge Callaghan said there was “no
evidence” Parkinson would fail to appear.
“There’s also the allegation of police this
is premeditated behaviour and may well
lead to the possibility of other offending.
That risk, however, is speculative.”
Judge Callaghan said he was satisfied
bail conditions could mitigate any
Eleven conditions were imposed,
including not to go or be found within
100m of either of the complainants;
not to associate or have contact directly
or indirectly with the victims or their
family; not to enter two specified
North Island towns; not to have any
unsuper vised contact with any person
under the age of 16; and not to be absent
from his bail address unless under the
super vision of three named people.
He was also put on a curfew between
7pm and 7am daily.
All matters were transferred to the
Whanganui District Court ahead of
Parkinson’s next scheduled appearance
on March 31. — Otago Daily Times
Man bailed on child sex charges
Two people have been injured
and a section of State highway 1
closed after a truck collided with
a car in the South Island.
Emergency ser vices were called
out to the crash site at the Weld
Pass, near Seddon, just after
Police said two injured people
were being treated by an
ambulance crew and the Nelson
rescue helicopter had been sent
out. — NZN
Smash leaves two hurt
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find a job
A leukaemia patient who was
told he would lose his benefit
received an apology for the error
by Work and Income .
Jason Leger, who is suffering
from a rare form of cancer, was
forced to quit his job as a baker
at Napier’s Heaven’s Bakery and
begin chemotherapy in mid-
August after finding out about
Mr Leger, who was living in
Napier with his fiancee Michelle
Adams and his 21-month-
old daughter, Vera, was able to
arrange a job seekers benefit with
Work and Income New Zealand
once his treatment had begun —
the sickness benefit was merged
with it in 2013.
In November, he was transferred
to Wellington Hospital in need
of stem cell treatment, where he
will spend the next 93 days.
Once there Ms Adams, who
stayed in Napier with Vera,
received a letter from the agency
stating her fiance would need to
begin actively seeking work in
order to remain on the benefit.
Mr Leger said he felt “pretty
frustrated and angry” because he
had taken a medical certificate to
Winz in the weeks prior stating
he would be in hospital.
“They knew I was in hospital
but yet they are still sending out
a letter a few days later saying,
‘Hey you need to go and find
a job’. Michelle was probably
more furious about it than I
was because she knew it would
probably stress me out more,” he
“ I didn’t really worry about it
too much becau se I knew there
was nothing I could do.”
Mr Leger said he then
received a second letter which
c laimed that even though the
Government agency had seen
his medical certificates, he would
still need to be looking for a job.
He has now received an apology
from a Work and Income
representative who phoned him
“S he said a system-generated
message gets sent out to everyone.
They can’t work out who is on
what sickness so she said they
would put a stop to the letters
from now until 100 days is up.”
Although he was happy to get an
apology, he said it was frustrating
the letters would resume after his
release from hospital.
A Ministry of Social Develop-
ment spokesman said they had
“not updated his records as quickly
as we should have” which is why
the letters were sent initially.
“ We have spoken with him
today to apologise and assure
him that his benefit will continue
and a work exemption has been
put in place. ”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
NZ trio convicted in child abuse case
Three New Zealand men have been
convicted following an international
operation to identify people involved in
distributing child abuse material on the
The three men were charged with
distributing and possessing objectionable
The operation that netted the men
was launched in July last year and co-
ordinated by Oceanz, a specialist New
Zealand police unit working as part of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation-
led Violent Crimes Against Children
International Taskforce to protect
children from on-line abuse.
Detective senior sergeant John
Michael said the New Zealanders were
among 48 people who had been arrested
“So far, 31 children have been rescued
from abusive situations. Four children
in New Zealand have been safeguarded
from potential abuse,” he said.
He would not go into detail about
where the New Zealanders were
convicted, citing “operational reasons”.
He said the men were convicted
between late last year and late this year.
“The sentences have ranged from
community-based, through to home
detention and imprisonment.
“ For operational reasons, we can’t
release where in New Zealand they are,
because that could jeopardise further
The four New Zealand children
“safeguarded” from potential abuse
had been living with people being
investigated, he said. But there was
“no e vidence they were being sexually
“Because of the type of environment
they were in, where someone had been
investigated for offences around child
exploitation and child abuse material,
there was obviously a concern from
police that children could be at risk.”
He was unsure if the children had been
permanently removed from the homes,
but said Child, Youth and Family had
The operation was now complete in
New Zealand, but other countries were
still investigating, Mr Michael said.
“ We co-ordinated the operation, so
all of the New Zealand ones have been
taken care of. ”
Mr Michael said investigations were
Trade in child abuse images was a
serious criminal offence that victimised
and revictimised “our most vulnerable
members of society”, Mr Michael said.
The taskforce was set up in 2004 and
now includes 67 investigators from 44
countries who work closely together
to co-ordinate complex multi-national
“The results of this operation highlight
the significant level of co-ordination and
co-operation taking place worldwide to
bring to justice those that would exploit
children,” Mr Michael said.
— NZ M E-New Zealand Herald
The Dunedin City Council has stepped
in to remove a pile of old vehicles from a
Mornington property after the owner failed
to move enough of the wrecks on time.
The council hired contractors to remove cars
from the Renfrew Street property yesterday,
with an Environment Court order giving it
the power to recover the cost from owner
The order said recovering costs could
include forcing Mr Osborne to sell his
property to pay for the removal.
The court earlier declared the 16 vehicles
on the property were highly visible from both
public and private spaces and those visual
effects were “offensive and objectionable to
such an extent that they have an adverse effect
on the local environment ”.
Council senior planner Kirstyn Lindsay
said the council hired contractors to remove
the vehicles after Mr Osborne failed to meet
the deadline included in the order, which
required him to remove 11 of the vehicles by
November 10 and a further six by March 12.
The council had received quotes for the cost
of the removal, but Ms Lindsay would not
reveal what they were.
Earlier this month, Ms Lindsay said it
would be a better outcome if Mr Osborne
moved the cars himself before the council
needed to step in.
“If, before we step in, he can get as much
off the site as he possibly can, that ’s fantastic;
a much better solution for everybody
It was a difficult situation for the council.
“ We feel for the neighbours who have to
look at (the vehicles) but we also feel for him.
He’s got a great attachment to these cars.
We’re really stuck in the middle.”
— Otago Daily Times
Council removes derelict vehicles
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
An excavator is used to drag a vehicle from a Mornington, D unedin, property yesterday.
Around the country tills rang
during what was the busiest
weekend of spending in the year
New Zealanders swiped away
$604.1 million through a record
11.8 million transactions on the
Paymark network from Friday
December 20 through to Sunday
December 22, a 3.8% increase on
the same weekend last year.
Paymark chief executive Mark
Rushworth said spending had
increased throughout this month.
“The growth rate was not as
strong over the weekend but we
did see new highs for the year in
spite of having one more trading
day between the weekend and
Christmas Day this year,” he said.
Friday was the busiest day this
year, when shoppers splashed out
Mr Rushmore said it was still
below the $263.5m spending
peak on Christmas Eve last year
but volume was rising steadily as
the big day approached.
“ Typically we see between 50
and 60 transactions a second
but already we’re seeing 115 to
120 transactions per second, so
we are expecting a very big day
In the seven days ending
December 21, spending jumped
8.2% on last year.
Growth was strongest in the
Bay of Plenty and Auckland-
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Mountaineer dies in fall
A woman has died after falling
in Mount Cook National Park
A helicopter was sent to the
scene where the woman had
fallen some 300m off the slopes
of the Footstool.
Inspector Dave Gaskin, from
Canterbury, said the helicopter
was dispatched after a beacon
was set off by a climbing party.
He said the climber was taken
to the Aoraki Mount Cook
Rescue Centre where she later
The death has been referred to
Police said no further details
would be released until formal
identification and the process
to inform next of kin has been
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Tomahawk Beach for Kim
Bailey, until screams of alarm
rolled in from the shoreline.
The off-duty Dunedin
police constable was with her
partner Chris McLay and their
children, making the most of
the scorching weather at the
beach on Monday, when other
beachgoers spotted a hand in
the air beyond the breakers,
frantically waving for help.
A young girl and her father
were caught in a rip and were
being swept out to sea.
“ Having children of my own,
I was highly tuned to the fact
that there was a little girl in
trouble out there.
“ It all happened so quickly.
You just sort of react,” she said.
“Chris just dropped his
gear and took off, and then I
thought, ‘Hang on, there’s two
of them out there.’ So I went
out as well.
“The dad was in trouble. He
was taking on water and he was
starting to go under.”
Ms Bailey said Mr McLay
got to the father first, so she
headed for the girl.
“Once Chris got the father
back to land, he (the father)
said that he didn’t know how
much longer he would have
sur vived out there for. So he
was very grateful.
“The wee girl, she was a bit
stronger than her father, and
when I got to her, she sort of
wrapped her arms around me.
“S he was quite upset at seeing
her father in that situation. ”
Had the couple not been at
the beach, the story may not
have had such a happy ending,
Mr McLay is a surfer and
Ms Bailey, who has been a
policewoman for the past eight
years, is a keen snorkeller, scuba
diver and swimmer.
Yesterday, Ms Bailey said
she and Mr McLay were only
doing what any other caring
people would do, and she was
wondering what all the fuss was
“ I was pretty embarrassed to
find it was in the newspaper.”
Ms Bailey said the girl was
a confident swimmer, but the
father said he was not, and
preferred to have his feet firmly
planted on the ground.
She left all families with
a simple message for the
holidays: “Swim to your ability.
If you’re unsure, choose a beach
with flags and surf patrols.”
— Otago Daily Times
Rescuer embarrassed by fuss
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Constable Kim Bailey, of Dunedin, back in uniform after
rescuing a young girl from a rip at Tomahawk Beach earlier this
A Japanese food importing company has
been sentenced over the death of a worker in a
On March 9 this year, Daisuke Yokoyama
was killed after sustaining serious injuries to
his torso when he became trapped between a
cross beam on a racking unit and the console of
the forklift he was operating at a Lower Hutt
The company he worked for, Tokyo Food
Company Ltd (TFL), was sentenced in the
Lower Hutt District Court after admitting
one charge under the Health and Safety
in Employment Act for failing to take all
practicable steps to ensure the safety of its
The tragic consequences of Mr Yokoyama not
receiving adequate training were highlighted at
An investigation by Work Safe New Zealand
found there were several failures by the company
that contributed to the incident.
As well as Mr Yokoyama, several other
employees had not received the training
required to drive the forklift.
During the sentencing, Judge Bruce Davidson
said it was clear the level of training at TFL
was a “significant departure from the industry
Work Safe chief inspector Keith Stewart
said it was vital that workers operating heavy
machinery had correct training and safety
“Sadly, in this instance, Mr Yokoyama has
paid the ultimate price for the company ’s
failure to meet these requirements,” Mr
The company was fined $52,000 and the
family of Mr Yokoyama will receive $76,994 in
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Forklift death costs
Baby born in supermarket car park
A Hamilton woman has received an early
Christmas present — her baby delivered during
a morning trip to the supermarket.
The woman was in the car park of the
Countdown on Anglesea Street when she
went into labour and gave birth yesterday
Store manager Pete Lawrence said the first he
knew of it was when an ambulance pulled up.
He understood the woman had just done a bit
of shopping in store when she went into labour.
“Lots of the customers were assisting to make
sure she had some privacy.”
Mr Lawrence said despite the unconventional
birthing place it all seemed to go smoothly.
“ It was real quick, 20 or 25 minutes and she
was taken to hospital.”
He said it was the first time he had seen a baby
born in a supermarket car park.
“ It put a smile on my face,” he said. “Christmas
is a great time of year and to have something
like this, it’s awesome.”
Mr Lawrence said Countdown wanted to
give the new parents a special Christmas
baby package if the parents wanted to make
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Cash returned to tourists
The power of social media
helped reunite a pair of young
tourists with a large amount of
A woman who found a bag
containing $2800 in cash on
Pakowhai Road in Hastings on
Monday, posted a message on
Facebook to try to track down
“ I never thought about keeping
it,” she told Fairfax.
“ When I found the cash I
thought, ‘it probably belongs to
a family who saved up all year’. ”
After being shared over 7000
times, the message reached the
young tourists working in the area.
They contacted her and, after
describing the contents of the
bag, she handed it over.
“ I just wanted to do something
to return the money,” she said.
“ I didn’t know the scope of
Facebook and I had no idea how
it would spread, I just can’t get
my head around it.”
However, the post had
also attracted some negative
messages, she said, and she has
since deactivated her Facebook
page. — NZ ME
$800,000 school fraud admitted
A former manager of a Waikato
school has admitted defrauding
it of nearly $800,000.
The 40-year-old was granted
interim name suppression when
she appeared in the Hamilton
District Court this morning. She
admitted seven fraud charges from
while she worked at the school.
The woman is well known in
sporting and business circles.
Community Magistrate Ngaire
Mascelle entered intimated guilty
pleas to all charges and remanded
her to reappear in January when
name suppression will again be
discussed. She was also ordered
to surrender her passport.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Tourist threatened with knife
A tourist was was threatened
with a knife and had his backpack
stolen after he was dropped off
Police said the 21-year-
old Swede was mugged last
Wednesday at about 11pm on
State highway 6 near Bells Road.
“The tourist had hitchhiked
from St Arnaud to Blenheim and
had just been dropped off on the
outskirts of town,” police said.
The backpacker told police
two men approached him, one
One of the men allegedly
threatened him with a knife. The
backpacker dropped his pack
and ran. He then slept rough for
the night before reporting the
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