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A German tramper who went
missing in Fiordland National Park
on Sunday has been found. Senior
sergeant Brian Benn, of Dunedin,
said a helicopter crew using night
vision gear began searching the
area about 10pm on Sunday and
the man was found early yesterday.
‘’He was found in a very remote and
awkward spot, and he was winched
to safety.’’ Mr Benn said the man was
disorientated but unharmed.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A 20-year-old man was knocked
unconscious and broke his leg during
a motocross event yesterday. The
Tauranga-based Trustpower Tect
rescue helicopter flew the man from
Manawahe in the eastern Bay of
Plenty. He was taken to Tauranga
hospital and was reported to be in a
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Woman hurt as car rolls
A woman has had to be cut free
after she rolled her car in Southland.
The driver was travelling between
Riversdale and Balfour yesterday
afternoon when she failed to
negotiate a bend and her car left the
road, rolling several times before
coming to rest. She had to be cut free
by the Fire Ser vice and was taken to
Southland Hospital with serious leg
injuries. Police are investigating the
crash. — NZN
Concerns for man
There are concerns for a D unedin
man not seen for more than a
week. Police were continuing their
search for 52-year-old Stephen
Gourlay, who was last seen in the
Ravensbourne area about 7pm
on December 18. Senior sergeant
James Ure, of D unedin, said it was
out of character for Mr Gourlay
not to contact his family for that
length of time. He often travelled
in the lower South Island and had
knowledge of Central Otago and
the Waitaki lakes area, Mr Ure said.
He was described as of thin build,
about 175cm tall.
— Otago Daily Times
Two tickets, both sold in Tauranga,
won their holders $500,000 each in
Lotto draw No 1502 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 4, 7, 16, 27,
36, 38; bonus 1. Strike numbers were
36, 4, 16, 7. There were two Strike
Four winners, from Gisborne and
Taihape, each taking home $424,803.
Powerball number 7. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 12092: 1,
18, 19, 22, 33, 36, 38, 41, 45, 46, 48, 53,
55, 56, 58, 61, 62, 68, 72, 75. Draw No
12093: 1, 3, 14, 21, 27, 31, 33, 34, 41,
43, 44, 55, 57, 63, 69, 70, 72, 75, 76, 78.
Draw No 12094: 2, 3, 15, 19, 28, 31,
32, 34, 38, 41, 46, 47, 55, 56, 57, 58, 60,
66, 73, 79. Draw No 12095: 2, 9, 11,
13, 16, 24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 37, 38, 57, 62,
67, 68, 71, 75, 79, 80.
Drownings prompt safety call
The quarry industry wants the
public ’s help to improve safety after
four deaths in the sector so far this
The National Health and Safety
Council for the mining and quarry
sector says of the about 1000 quarry
companies known to be operating
in New Zealand, only half are
Safe New Zealand
announced this month that new
regulations would come into force
from April, when all operators would
be required to have a certificate of
The certificate would show that
a quarry manager had undertaken
relevant education and training,
and met requirements for safe
super vision of a quarrying operation.
Half of the four sites where deaths
have occurred this year were not
registered, including Heathstock
Haulage in North Canterbury.
Owner Murray Taylor, 56, did not
hold the required certificate and
was buried beneath more than 1000
tonnes of rocks when an overhanging
cliff-face gave way at the quarry in
In March, an incident at Gordons
Valley Lime killed worker Scott
James Baldwin, 43.
Work Safe has laid charges against
that company and the matter is
before the court.
Work Safe has also been
quarry after Tane Hill-Ormsby, 24,
was crushed after being thrown from
the rock cutter he was operating in
Mario Joffrey Lelinam died while
working at Waikaia goldmine in
Southland last month.
Chris Baker, chairman of the
mining and extractives sector Health
and Safety Council, Minex, admitted
it had been a bad year.
‘’We had four quarry industry
fatalities in the past year and one in
an alluvial goldmine. Two of those
quarry fatalities occurred at small,
Mr Baker said Minex and Work
Safe had been working to identify
all the smaller quarries around the
country — but many were still off
‘’We know of around 500 registered
quarries around New Zealand but
there may be twice that many. These
can present the most risk.
‘’Small unregistered quarries may
be on the back of farms, forestry
blocks or a rural property.
‘’While the owners may not
be generating a lot of aggregate
or lime, they still use machinery
and sometimes explosives which
demand proper health and safety
Mining spokesman for trade
union E tu Ged O’Connell said the
deaths were tough to accept. They
had all been classified as mining
deaths, but four had been in the
The quarry industry had managed
to wriggle out of the exhaustive
legislative overhaul of the extractives
industry after the Pike River disaster,
Instead, the focus was put solely
on underground and open-cast coal
‘’Really, with great respect to a lot
of the quarry people, they wouldn’t
know good practice or best practice. ’’
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Push to improve safety at quarries
Trade Me has cracked down on the top
bidders on a $100 bill put up for auction
as a joke. The top bid earlier this morning
was $5150; however, the on-line site has
since removed this bid and taken it down
to the smaller figure of $295 — a value
that is still almost three times the bill’s
Ashburton man Robbie Shefford had
earlier said if the top bidder made true on
the more than $5000 bid that he would
donate it to a charity close to his heart:
the Ronald McDonald House, where he
had spent some time when his youngest
daughter Lilly-Anne was born.
But he had always been sceptical about
the larger bids.
“It would be awesome if the bidder was
genuine, but I can’t imagine it.”
He said the auction, which he had
started as a bit of a joke on Boxing Day,
had gone well above his expectations.
“The comment was made, ‘I wonder
what will happen if you put it up on
Trade Me with a $20 reser ve and a $150
buy now ’, ” he said.
“I didn’t think it was going to go this
If anything he thought he would lose
money in the auction.
There were 98 bids in total, with
117,378 page views and 1895 people had
added the auction to their watchlists.
Bidding closes on Saturday at 4.57pm.
Mr Shefford engaged with 205 people
on the site who had asked questions
about the auction.
One person asked if he would consider
selling for $80, to which he replied:
“ Yeah, sweet as, it will be 20 bucks post
and packaging. ”
A Trade Me spokesman said contact
would be made with bidders to make
sure everyone was “playing by the rules”.
Any bids that were not genuine would
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
for $100 note
After eight drownings since
Christmas Day, people are being
urged to only swim at patrolled
beaches for the rest of the holidays.
New Zealand’s drowning toll this
year passed 100 yesterday, compared
with 90 last year which, per head
of population, is twice as bad as
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
chairman Geoff Hamilton says
none of the eight drownings were at
“I cannot stress enough the need for
people to choose one of these spots to
swim at,” he said.
“The beach is our natural playground
but it can also be deadly.”
Drownings so far these holidays
include four people on Christmas
Day, and 12-year-old Jack Martin
who was killed on Boxing Day when
he fell off an inflatable sea biscuit and
was hit by a passing vessel on Blue
Lake in Central Otago.
Yesterday, a 50-year-old local free-
diving at the private Puatai Beach
near Gisborne was caught in a rip just
His family were trying to revive him
on rocks when the Eastland Rescue
Helicopter arrived. However, the man
died at the scene.
Eighty per cent of all drownings
are males and Water Safety New
Zealand is targeting men and boys
It wants to halve the male drowning
death toll of 80 but a “realistic goal”
for the New Year would be about 60,
chief executive Matt Claridge said.
Males are often more involved in
aquatic activities, he said, but that
brought a higher chance of risk taking,
and males were prone to being “pretty
confident before they ’ve even got any
skills or basic knowledge, which is a
Drownings in rivers and river
mouths are a particularly bad New
Zealand problem, as are the “cultural
reasons for heading to the river”, Mr
“Not many other countries in the
world have Maori and Pacific people
that gather kai to put food on the
table. For some elsewhere it ’s a sport
but here it ’s part of everyday life and
that brings problems.”
Two of his key messages were for
parents to get in water with their kids,
and for men to wear lifejackets on
boats: “ They are absolutely no use to
you in the cabin.”
And if the weather conditions are
poor, then people should make the
right call and not head out onto the
water, Mr Claridge said.
“O ur message is, stop and think
before going near the water.”
Lifeguards from 74 surf lifesaving
clubs are patrolling 90 of the most
popular beaches across New Zealand.
Ten people drowned during last
year’s holiday period.
Another week remains until the
official holiday period ends at 6am on
January 5, and Mr Hamilton hopes
no one else drowns.
If people cannot get to a patrolled
location, they need to consider the
risks before entering the water, he
When it comes to children, Mr
Hamilton says super vision is key.
“ You have to keep them within arm’s
reach at all times. It’s as simple as
Meanwhile, the body recovered
from the surf at Mount Maunganui
has been identified as belonging to a
young Nepalese man.
Police said 22-year-old Pawan
Kumar Khadka had been living in
Tauranga for about 18 months.
His death has been referred to the
It’s believed the young man had
entered in the water in the early
hours of Monday morning and had
His body was found floating in
the surf opposite Rabbit Island by a
person walking their dog that same
Tauranga police senior sergeant
Glenn Saunders said inquiries were
being made, including speaking
to people who knew the man, and
making inquiries into possible
sightings last night.
“Once we put that all together
then we should be in a situation to
reconstruct his movements, so we can
satisfy ourselves as to what led to him
entering the water as he did.”
It is one of eight water-related
deaths during the holiday period.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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A British couple’s tour of New
Zealand got off to a rocky start
yesterday — thanks to a tumbling
Charlie McCarthy, 26, was
descending from the summit of
Mount Ngauruhoe in Tongariro
National Park with his fiancee,
Kylie Davies, 28, when he was
struck by the 100kg rock.
Mr McCarthy had been walking
ahead of Ms Davies, who he
said was “a bit scared” due to the
slippery terrain and their lack of
“All of a sudden I could hear my
name being shouted from behind
and she had trod on and loosened
this massive boulder,” he said.
“ It was literally just headed
straight for my head, so I reacted
and pushed it away from my head
and it landed on the side of my
Mr McCarthy’s thigh and hip
took the brunt of the impact,
leaving him in a lot of pain as
the couple tried to find cellphone
reception in order to call for help.
Once emergency ser vices
were notified, a member of
the Ruapehu Alpine Rescue
Organisation was lowered down
by helicopter to the rim of the
In high temperatures and wind,
he scrambled about 60m further
down to where the Mr McCarthy
A long line — about 34m in
length — was then hooked onto
the helicopter. Mr McCarthy was
wrapped in a rescue stretcher bag
and, with the rescuer, was attached
to the rope and flown to a staging
area at Soda Springs, about 900m
below where he was hit.
There, paramedics tended to his
injuries before the Taupo-based
Greenlea Rescue helicopter flew
him to Rotorua Hospital.
Greenlea base manager Nat
Every, the pilot for the rescue,
said such incidents were not
“Those things happen from
time to time. The problem with
climbing up Mount Ngauruhoe
is the route up the mountain and
the route down the mountain
are not too far offset from each
other and if someone dislodges a
boulder, obviously it ’s a danger to
all those who are below them.”
He said the chances of getting
struck by a boulder increased the
further climbers were down the
mountain because there were
more people above them. “ Which
is just this unfortunate chap’s
luck — to be struck by a boulder
right at the top of the mountain,
Mr McCarthy was lucky not to
break any bones, although deep
bruising means he will be walking
on crutches for a while.
Late last night he had nothing
but praise for his rescuers and
those who treated him in hospital.
“The flight crew who picked us
up off the mountain were super,
they were absolutely wicked,” he
said. “ The nurses and doctors at
Rotorua were really helpful, too. ”
While his fiancee felt “really
bad” about what happened —
“she tried to kill me; make sure
you put that in,” he joked — it
seems their relationship is not on
They will now make their way
to the South Island for more
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Man struck by falling boulder
PICTURE: Greenlea Rescue Helicopter
Rescue crew from the Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue helicopter tend to a man on Mount Ngauruhoe
yesterday afternoon after he was struck by a tumbling boulder estimated to weigh up to 100kg.
Jack ‘was just
a great kid’
The 12-year-old Wai-
kouaiti boy who died in a
boating accident on Blue
Lake was an “awesome kid”
and his death will leave a
“ bloody huge hole” in the
family, his father says.
Jack Martin died after
he was struck by a passing
boat after falling from a
sea biscuit on the small St
Bathans lake on Saturday
His father, Neil Martin,
said yesterday evening Jack,
a pupil at East Otago High
School, was an “awesome,
outstanding kid” who
excelled at sports, making
representative teams in both cricket and
His death was devastating for the
family and the Waikouaiti community,
where he was well known.
“ He was just a great kid, the littlest
bloke and he’s left a bloody huge hole in
the family and we will never get over it.
“I know I won’t,” Mr Martin said.
The family was in Central Otago for
the day and up until the accident, it had
been a good day.
“ It was a s— end to a fantastic day.”
Jack was the youngest of four children
and, like his older siblings, he lived for
“ He was riding a push-bike without
training wheels before he turned three,
he was on a motorbike when he was four.
“ He had extraordinary balance for a
young lad and whatever he
did, he excelled at.”
He had made the Otago
rugby under 48kg team for
the past two years and was
player of the year this year.
He was also talented at
“He is supposed to be
playing for North Otago
at the South Island
Primary Schools Cricket
Tournament in Dunedin
next week and he is not
going to be there.
“I’m not going to see him
Mr Martin did not agree
with calls for a ban on boats
on the lake, saying he had
“no issues” with how the lake was run.
“There was probably only two boats on
the lake at the time.
“ It was just an unfortunate, horrible,
accident. “It’s just one of those things
that went wrong.”
Contrary to previous reports that said
Jack died after being flown to D unedin
Hospital, Mr Martin said he died at the
scene and was then flown to hospital.
A family friend and sports coach, who
did not want to be named, said he was a
“good, humble kid” and his death would
devastate the Waikouaiti community.
“The family is one of the better families
you would ever meet, too.
“ It ’s a tragedy, it’s horrible. ”
The accident was being investigated
by Central Otago police and Maritime
New Zealand. — Otago Daily Times
Jack Martin, then
10, watches Otago
play Hawke’s Bay in a
Ranfurly Shield match
at Forsyth Barr Stadium
A flying stingray was not quite how
an Auckland teenager thought his lazy
Sunday paddleboard would end.
But he has the bruise to prove it.
Grady Bower is usually a surfer, but
on Sunday his two mates, Thomas
Hyland and Tyler Martin, convinced
him to give paddleboarding another
try, and to go for a noon punt around
The trio was about 20m off
the beach when the unforeseen
“I was just cruising around slowly
and then out of nowhere, I saw a
stingray come flying up out of the
water over the nose of my board,
head-on, straight into me. It ’s wings
were kind of flapping a bit.
“It hit me right in the stomach and I
slipped off the back of the board. ”
The stingray, which Mr Bower
estimated to be about 60cm in
diameter, “flapped” about on the
paddleboard momentarily before
slipping back into the sea. He said it
took him a split-second to realise what
is was and what had happened.
Startled and scared about what
might have been chasing the ray to
make it jump so high, the teenager
scrambled back on to his board, while
mates looked on dumbfounded.
Back on the board and safely out of
the water, Mr Bower pulled his legs
together and kept his arms at his sides
and went on a hunt for his paddle.
“ I was worried about my legs
dangling in the water ‘cause I was
worried about what was chasing it to
make it jump.
“ I got my paddle then just lay on my
stomach and kind of just paddled in
The Kristin School pupil was
not sure he would get back on a
“ My mates were saying you could
paddleboard for 50 years and nothing
would ever happen like that . . . Then
I’d borrowed my mate’s board and I’d
only been on it for maybe two minutes
and that happened to me.
“ I think I’ll stick to surfing, aye.”
Omaha Surf Life Saving Club
captain Kevin Blair said stingrays were
common in the bay at this time of year
because they sought shelter from orca
But it was not typical of the species
to leap out of the water, unless they
“ I’m not sure he (the stingray) was
being chased but he might have
thought the board was an orca.
They ’re quite big boards, up to eight
feet (2.4m), so if he’s a juvenile and
saw something big and black, he
would have thought, ‘I ’m out of here’
and away he went.”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Stingray puts punch into punt
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Paddleboarder Grady Bower, 16, back on shore after being struck in the
stomach by a leaping stingray at Omaha Beach, near Auckland.
An alcohol-fuelled fight on a Real
Journeys ferry, which saw a staff
member punched and the vessel’s
skipper forced to inter vene, is being
investigated by police.
The incident happened on board a
ferry travelling from Stewart Island
to Bluff about 5pm on Sunday,
Senior sergeant James Ure, of
Dunedin, said some intoxicated
passengers were involved in “a
reasonable incident ’’ but exact
details of the altercation were not
It is understood a crew member
confronted one of the drunk
passengers after they spilled coffee
and was subsequently involved in
an altercation and punched.
The incident was reported to a
Real Journeys office and passed on
to Bluff police, Mr Ure said.
Officers had planned to meet the
boat to speak to the passengers
involved when it docked, but they
had already disembarked when
“They (police) must have been a
wee bit late.’’
A Real Journeys spokesman said
the company would be making
no comment about whether an
incident had occurred or what it
may have involved.
It also made no comment on
what procedure was in place for
staff to deal with drunk or rowdy
passengers, or if the boat had
stopped during the trip.
Statements to media were made
only by the company ’s corporate
communications manager or chief
executive, the spokesman said.
Neither could be reached for
A Bluff resident who later spoke
to some Australian tourists on
board during the incident, said the
passengers had earlier been ejected
from the main lounge for being
too drunk. Police inquiries were
continuing. — Otago Daily Times
Spilled coffee sparks clash
An investigation has been launched
after reports of a mysterious explosion
that has left a Stoke man in hospital.
Emergency ser vices were called to
reports of a house fire at a Tennyson
Crescent address in Stoke, Nelson just
before 2pm yesterday.
While two appliances were en route,
the Fire Ser vice received more calls
reporting an explosion at the address.
When fire crews arrived they could not
see any fire or smoke.
However, they found one person
suffering “pretty bad burns”, according to
Fire Ser vice southern communications
shift manager Daryl Ball.
St John confirmed that one person was
taken to hospital in a serious condition.
Mr Ball said it appeared there had been
an explosion in a sleep-out and police
were now investigating. — N ZM E
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