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Balcony fall fatal
A man died after falling from the
12th floor balcony of an Auckland
apartment building early today.
Police and ambulance officers rushed
to Rutland Street, in the central city,
about 3am. The 32-year-old died
before emergency ser vices arrived. A
police spokesman said no one else
was believed to be on the balcony
at the time. Alcohol was possibly a
factor, but the circumstances were
unclear, he said. — NZ ME
Six attack arrests
Six youths aged between 13 and
16 have been arrested and charged
after a vicious attack on a Chinese
restaurant worker. On December
15, Tian Wang, 23, was attacked
soon after she got off a train at the
Papakura station. She suffered serious
facial injuries and concussion and her
father did not recognise her after the
attack. A Counties Manukau police
spokeswoman said all six had been
charged with aggravated robbery and
remanded to youth justice custody
facilities. They will appear in the
Papakura Youth Court on January 8.
— NZ M E -New Zealand Herald
Man sought over assault
Police are seeking a man in relation
to a serious assault on a 63-year-old
woman in Naenae, Lower Hutt, on
Monday night. The assault occurred
about 10pm. The victim had been
treated for injuries and was resting
with family, police said. Police said
the suspect was a Maori man about
35 to 40, of solid to fat build with a
beard. — NZ ME
Two men were knocked
unconscious and taken to Lakes
District Hospital after a fight broke
out in Q ueenstown Mall early
yesterday, police said. Senior sergeant
Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said
a 22-year-old Christchurch man
was arrested and charged with
injuring with intent to injure. Police
inter viewed two other men yesterday
and further charges were likely.
Altogether, three men were taken to
hospital. — Otago Daily Times
Old chemicals found
Firefighters from Luggate were
called to a Lindis Pass farm yesterday
after “old, historic” buried chemicals
were discovered by the farmer. A
farmer in Deep Creek Road had
discovered five “ ballpoint pen-
sized capsules” of old pest control
chemicals — “about 50 years old”
— buried on the farm. Firefighters
secured the chemicals, which would
be retrieved by a specialist in coming
days, a Fire Ser vice spokesman said.
— Otago Daily Times
Numbers in Keno draw No 12096:
1, 14, 17, 21, 23, 31, 34, 41, 43, 46, 47,
51, 52, 58, 63, 64, 71, 73, 74, 80. Draw
No 12097: 1, 4, 6, 13, 16, 19, 23, 28, 31,
33, 34, 35, 42, 47, 48, 50, 54, 63, 65, 76.
Draw No 12098: 2, 3, 6, 7, 23, 27, 29,
33, 37, 39, 40, 44, 46, 48, 52, 61, 63, 66,
77, 79. Draw No 12099: 7, 10, 15, 18,
21, 22, 24, 41, 49, 52, 54, 57, 59, 62, 64,
65, 68, 71, 79, 80.
A man who broke into a south
Auckland house knocked a
newborn baby out of a bassinet
on to the floor as he fled after
being caught in the act.
At 5.25am on December 27 a
woman woke in her Manurewa
house to find an unknown male
trying to steal property.
He pushed past a bassinet,
knocking the baby on to the floor.
Police said the offender stole
various items, including two cars
and Visa cards.
They are now appealing for
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Burglar tips baby on floor
Police have named a man and a woman
who drowned at Ruapuke Beach on
They were Chinese nationals Xia Liu,
38, and Ji Shun Li, 33.
Police said the pair had been living
in Hamilton, working on a large-scale
Emergency ser vices were called to
the beach near Raglan at 5.40pm on
Christmas Day after reports of two
people in difficulty in a strong rip.
“ Various rescue organisations arrived
at the scene to find the incident in fact
involved three people and bystanders
were providing rescue breathing to one
man who had been found in difficulty
in the surf attempting to bring an
unresponsive woman to shore,” Te Kuiti
sergeant Craig Lindstrom said.
A 30-year-old man was flown to
Waikato Hospital in a serious condition
and a second man’s body was recovered
from the sea.
Police worked with Interpol to identify
“ Waikato police have been ably assisted
by a Hamilton-based colleague, a
company representative and the Chinese
Consulate in Auckland in liaising
with the various families to repatriate
the bodies of our victims,” said Mr
“ To have such a tragedy strike on what
is one of our country’s most significant
festive occasions really brings home the
importance of water safety.
Ruapuke Beach is not patrolled by
So far 100 people have died in the
water this year, including eight over the
“None have died in areas patrolled by
lifeguards so the message is pretty clear,
swim between the flags,” Mr Lindstrom
said. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
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A new era for an old treasure
— the restoration of the Empire
Hotel, birthplace of the Dunedin
Sound — is under way.
The 1879 building found
fame in the 1980s when young
Dunedin bands were offered the
chance to play live in its first floor
In later years, the venue’s
Princes Street location and small
size proved to be insurmountable
hurdles and last drinks were
poured in 2009.
Other than occasional
accommodation use, the building
had stood virtually derelict since
then, new owner Jon Leng said
But the re-emergence of the
Exchange area, coupled with the
revitalisation of the warehouse
precinct, had made the area viable
again, he said.
A boat builder turned property
developer, Mr Leng bought
the building earlier this year.
He expected to spend about
$1 million on strengthening,
restoration and fit-out.
While the two upper floors
— including the first-floor bar
which hosted the D unedin
Sound — would become
apartments, the original ground-
floor bar would be remodelled
as a bar and live music venue, he
Original posters from the
Dunedin Sound days had been
unearthed and would be displayed
alongside other Dunedin Sound
memorabilia. The first-floor bar
would be relocated to the ground
Mr Leng said he understood the
history of the first-floor bar but
developers of historic buildings
had to ensure those buildings
paid their way.
The two first-floor two-bedroom
apartments and the sole second-
floor three-bedroom penthouse
would make the building
financially viable, he said.
Retaining the ground-floor
bar was more of a “tribute” to
the building’s heritage than a
That heritage stretched back
to 1858 when the first hotel,
called the Queen’s Arms, was
built on the site. The current
building housed three bars and
accommodation and was renamed
the Empire Hotel in 1898.
Mr Leng said photographs
dating back to the 1880s had
been unearthed and showed
the building’s original design,
including an elaborate facade.
Those photographs had been used
to design a replacement glass-
reinforced concrete facade which
had been constructed in China
and shipped to D unedin earlier
That facade was now being
installed, with an expected
completion date of April next
The original fire escapes
adorning the facade would not be
removed, while the final colour
scheme would be determined
when Mr Leng was able to
discover the building’s original
colour, he said.
The ground-floor bar’s original
lath and plaster decorative
cornices would be restored or,
where necessary, replaced.
The bar was expected to be open
at the end of next year with the
apartments to follow at a later
Dunedin City Council team
leader urban design Dr Glen
Hazelton said Mr Leng’s decision
to uncover and replace the hotel’s
original facade showed developers
were paying for heritage features
purely for heritage reasons, not
“ It ’s giving something back to
the people of Dunedin, because
they want people to enjoy what
these buildings would have
— Otago Daily Times
The Empire strikes back . . .
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Empire Hotel owner Jon Leng sits on stage in the first floor bar where the Dunedin Sound was born.
Farmers in Marlborough and North
Canterbury are used to long, hot
summers, but they say they are bracing
for a record-breaking dry spell.
The current dry conditions have come a
month earlier than usual.
In fact both regions are still suffering
from a drought that started last summer,
RNZ reported today.
The Marlborough District Council
said unless there was a substantial
amount of rain soon, it would experience
its driest summer since records began in
Awatere Valley sheep and cattle farmer
Greg Harris said he would have to halve
his stock numbers if conditions did not
“There certainly can be a cumulative
effect, and that ’s what we’re trying to
avoid as an industry,” Mr Harris said.
“ We’re trying to be responsible so we
don’t over-graze the pastures, so we don’t
over-stress the animals. So the pastures
and animals can recover.
“The reality is some of these things do
affect the health of your pastures and
your animals,” he said.
Further south, the Federated Farmers’
North Canterbury provincial president,
Frank Brenmuhl, said the prolonged
drought had made it harder to prepare
for this summer.
“By and large the dry is starting to
bite,” he said.
“ It’s showing up, for example, in the
fact that most people where they’ve had
irrigation is they ’ve started irrigating
earlier this time than they did last year.
The concerning factor is that the water
levels are really just the same as they
were at the end of last season because
we’ve had very little recharge over the
“ We’ve heard tales of people putting
wells further down a well in order to
access water at a deeper level. ”
The low water levels mean grass was
not growing as well and supplementary
feed was expensive.
“For a lot of farmers it’s a case of
making sure that you don’t have more
mouths on your property that need
feeding so you don’t have to buy in a
whole lot of extra stuff,” he said. “ The
question about inputs versus outputs is
always there. The less stock you’ve got
on, the less you have to buy.”
Mr Brenmuhl said the strain on
budgets had left some farmers already
relying on grocery grants.
In August, the Government said
because of the continuing dry conditions
the medium-scale adverse event it
declared at the start of the year would
continue until at least February.
Rural Support Trust Top of the
South co-ordinator Ian Blair said the
organisation was providing support and
guidance to farmers finding it hard.
“There’s nothing like owing money
or being in debt to create stress for
people,” he said. “ The important thing
(for them) is not to try and handle it
on their own. Talk to people about
it. Socialise. Meet with people. Talk
through the issues.
“They’ll find in actual fact the problem
they ’re having, will be exactly the same
as someone down the road.”
Mr Blair said the trust was arranging
social events and he was giving one-on -
“One of the great attributes of farming
is they live in hope,” he said. “Of better
prices, they live in hope that it ’s going to
rain tomorrow. ”
“The problem with hope is they will
put off critical decisions that need to be
Mr Blair said those decisions often
required farmers to put financial
considerations to one side for the sake of
their own well-being.
As the effects of this drought flow
into next year’s season, Mr Blair said it
could start to affect mating and even re-
“ We’re hoping that we’re going to get
some rain over summer and if we don’t
get it over summer, we’re hoping like hell
we’ll get it in autumn,” Mr Brenmuhl
“That ’s all you do, you just look after
the things you can control, you deal with
the things you can control and you just
hope that things improve.” — NZN
Police have urged motorists to slow
down after a driver was clocked at
151kph and another travelling north on
the Waikato expressway was caught at
The tourist caught at 180kph was
on the Waikato Expressway on State
highway 1 heading north and told police
he thought he was travelling at only
Another driver was caught travelling
157kph near the Tahuna roundabout on
State highway 27.
The officer in charge of the Waikato
Highway Patrol, senior sergeant Steve
Ambler, said both drivers had their
licenses suspended for 28 days.
“ With the roads clogged with holiday
traffic you need to ensure the speed you
are travelling at will allow you to react to
anything another person might do and
those speeds fall out of that by a long
The drivers’ speeds were “more
appropriate to the racetrack (than)
congested public roads”, Mr Ambler
Police patrolling busy Waikato
holiday routes urged motorists to drive
to the conditions and expect delays as
thousands cross the district intending to
reach the beach.
“ We want everyone to watch their
speed this summer and drive to sur vive.
“ Increased numbers of vehicles on the
road means drivers need more patience,”
In Northland yesterday, three women
were injured, one critically, when
their car and a truck collided on State
highway 11 at Haruru.
In the Selwyn district in Canterbury,
a young man died in a crash between a
car and a truck, taking the holiday road
toll to six.
Dust from a rural shingle road may
have contributed to the death of the
young driver in the collision.
A man, who police believed was a local
in his 20s, was driving on Mitchells
Road at Bankside, near Rakaia when
the crash happened shortly after midday
The shingle road in the extremely dry
farming area fanned up large clouds of
dust from vehicles.
Senior sergeant Peter Stills said the
driver, and sole occupant of the car,
may not have seen the second of two
oncoming trucks, which had been in the
area transporting stock feed.
The car hit the second truck and the
force of the collision smashed it off the
road and into a farm fence.
The driver died at the scene.
The truck driver was uninjured.
Mr Stills did not believe speed played
But he said the fatality highlighted
the dangers of driving on unsealed
roads, and said drivers should slow
down or stop if dust is hindering their
Police were still at the scene piecing
together what led up to the accident.
The police are informing next of kin.
The motorcyclist who died after hitting
a fence on Monday afternoon was riding
with a group that included his family
Police said Omanawa man Raymond
Morreel, 65, left the road and crashed
through a fence near Te Poi in Waikato.
“Attempts to revive Mr Morreel by
people at the scene were unsuccessful,”
Mr Ambler said.
“I would like to extend our sympathies
to Mr Morreel’s friend and family, some
of whom were at the scene of yesterday ’s
crash,” he added.
Mr Ambler said it was too soon to say
what caused yesterday afternoon’s crash
and the Waikato serious crash unit was
A post-mortem examination will be
Mr Morreel’s son Brent said the family
were too upset to talk, but a funeral
would be held for his father at Pyes Pa
crematorium at 10am on Saturday.
Omanawa Road residents Robyn and
Robert Broxholme said they had known
Mr Morreel and his wife for at least 21
“Ray was a really good neighbour and
a great guy. It ’s really, really sad,” Mrs
Mr Morreel, a calf rearer, told The
Farming Show he was rearing 600 to
800 calves annually.
He said he had been rearing calves in
the area for 18 years.
Mr Morreel bought a lifestyle block
with his wife, Ann, about 21 years ago.
Speedsters prompt ‘slow down’ call
Italian charged over crash
An Italian man has
been charged with
causing injury after a
crash on State
highway 6 yesterday
afternoon, police say.
Senior sergeant Paula
Enoka, of Queenstown,
said the man, in his mid-
20s, went to overtake
a vehicle, “ignoring
on the road.
The incident had a
knock-on effect, causing
a secondary incident
500m up the road, she
“His actions have
ultimately caused these
The driver saw the
vehicle directly in
front of him but did
not notice a second
car ahead, which was
He was carrying
passengers, and was
Police believed speed
was a factor in the crash,
Ms Enoka said.
The second incident
— about 500m from the
initial crash scene, on the
Queenstown side — was
minor, she said.
“One driver has seen
the crash up ahead and
stuck on the brakes. The
car behind has rear-
ended them,” she said.
A number of people
from the second crash
were taken to Lakes
District Hospital and
inter viewed by police.
However, no charges
St John Central Lakes
territory manager Kelvin
Perriman said six people
from both crash sites
were taken to Lakes
District Hospital, but
there were “no serious
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency ser vices attend the scene of a two-car
crash outside Gibbston Valley Winery on State
highway 6 yesterday.
Police are investigating a
potential armed robbery at a
south Dunedin store yesterday.
Two males, believed to be
teenagers, were confronted by a
staff member at The Warehouse
in Hillside Road after being
caught shoplifting about
2.30pm, sergeant Jared Kirk
“One of them made a couple
of comments to suggest they
were carrying a firearm,” he
“He then lifted his singlet to
show something that looked
like a handgun.” The staff
member attempted to get the
shoplifter to come upstairs to
a secure area, but he and his
associate fled the scene, Sgt
The pair did not make any
overt threats about using the
weapon or harming anyone, he
“It looks like they are
probably youth offenders.”
Considering the age of the
pair and the description of
the weapon it was “probably
unlikely” it was a genuine
firearm, but police were
keeping an open mind.
“ We don’t really know and
we have got to be careful about
how we approach these sorts of
jobs,” he said.
A visibly shaken Warehouse
staff member was seen talking
to police shortly after the
Senior sergeant Stephen
Larking last night said police
had not apprehended anyone
related to the incident, but
were following a positive line of
Police had CCTV footage
of the youths, but would
not release the footage or a
description of the suspects.
“ Inquiries are continuing,” Mr
— Otago Daily Times
Armed robbery investigation
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Police at the scene of a robbery at The Warehouse in south
Residents in the Tararua district
have been shaken by a magnitude 4.7
Geonet said the earthquake was centred
15km west of Pongaroa and struck at
It was 25km deep and of “moderate”
intensity. — NZ ME
Water restrictions imposed
Residents in the Foxton and
Foxton Beach areas are being
told to turn off their sprinklers
The Horowhenua District
Council has asked everyone to
reduce their water use to ensure
demand does not exceed supply.
Water supplies are under a
“ Level 2 restriction”, the council
said, which means the use of
sprinklers, soak hoses, irrigation
of parks and gardens, hosing of
paved areas and windows and
cars is forbidden.
Houses with even street
numbers can use handheld hoses,
watering cans or buckets on even
dates, and those with odd street
numbers can use them on odd
Windows and cars can be
cleaned only using a bucket or
watering can filled from a tap.
No flap despite car’s flip
A seemingly unruffled Dunedin man
calmly walked — or crawled — away
with nothing but minor cuts after his
car flipped on Mount Cargill Road
Dylan Cliff, 23, a University of Otago
student, was negotiating a left-hand
bend when his Nissan Pulsar slipped
into a ditch and flipped on to its roof
Despite the extensively damaged car
lying upside down in front of him, Mr
Cliff said he was more concerned about
sorting out his car insurance.
“The stress has kind of taken the edge
off the shock,” Mr Cliff said.
When asked if he had been distressed
when his car was tipped up, Mr Cliff
said his thoughts were elsewhere. “ Yeah,
well, you can’t really help that.
“The first thing I thought about was
calling the cops.”
He had been travelling only 60kph
in the 80kph zone when the accident
occurred, he said. “ I hit a patch of
water that was around the corner then
oversteered a bit.
“Then the front wheel clipped the grass
and it (the car) just went up and over.”
Mount Cargill Road resident David
Burchell said he was in his garden when
he heard the crash and went straight to
“He (Mr Cliff) was out of the car
already, looking around,” Mr Burchell
said. “ He seemed remarkably calm and
Mr Burchell and his son helped a
police officer direct traffic, as one lane
was blocked after the accident. He said
there had been accidents on that corner
previously and he was surprised there
had not been more. “ That ’s surprising,
because it’s a blind corner and the road
is uneven.” — Otago Daily Times
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