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Teen serious after smash
A teenager is in a serious but stable
condition after a three car-crash
near Paihia in Northland yesterday.
The North Shore woman was flown
to Whangarei Hospital in a critical
condition after the car in which she
was travelling was hit by a utility
vehicle and spun into a stationwagon
as it tried to turn into the Bay of
Islands Holiday Camp about 10am.
She suffered a head injury and severe
facial cuts. Two other passengers were
taken to hospital, one in a serious
condition with a suspected broken
pelvis and the other with moderate
injuries. The car driver and passengers
in the stationwagon were not injured.
The utility driver suffered whiplash.
— NZ M E -Northern Advocate
Police are seeking a man who held
up a Waikato bar with a cut-down
shotgun. The Cambridge Turf Bar
on Commerce Street in Cambridge
was targeted at 9.30am yesterday.
The lone offender demanded cash
from staff before running off. Police
described him as a Maori wearing a
dark coloured hoodie top.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Cyclist critical after fall
A cyclist has been seriously injured
after falling 10m down a bank in
Taupo yesterday. A rescue helicopter
was sent to Taupo Hospital at 1pm to
airlift the 29-year-old Aucklander to
Waikato Hospital. St John was called
at 11.40am and took the man to
Taupo Hospital in a serious condition.
A spokeswoman for Waikato
Hospital said the man remained in a
critical condition. — N ZM E
Tramper injures hip
A man injured on Mount Ruapehu
has been flown to hospital. The
Palmerston North rescue helicopter
was called to the Rangipo Hut early
yesterday, where a man in his late
60s from Pukekohe was injured.
Pilot Chris Moody said it appeared
the man dislocated his hip. He was
flown to Taupo Hospital in a stable
condition. — NZ ME
$7.5m Lotto win
A ticket sold in Lower Hutt won
its holder $7.5 million in Lotto draw
No 1503 last night. The prize was
made up of $7 million in Powerball
and $500,000 from division one
of Lotto. Another ticket sold in
Papakura shared the Lotto division
one prize, taking home $500,000.
Successful numbers were 11, 19, 24,
27, 36, 40; bonus 18. Strike numbers
were 24, 19, 40, 27. There was one
Strike Four winner, from Kawerau,
scooping $100,000. Powerball
Numbers in Keno draw No 12100:
4, 12, 16, 21, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38,
50, 54, 57, 64, 71, 73, 74, 75, 77. Draw
No 12101: 2, 7, 9, 11, 18, 21, 22, 28, 32,
34, 35, 47, 49, 51, 57, 60, 61, 65, 66, 74.
Draw No 12102: 2, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 17,
22, 23, 25, 30, 31, 35, 39, 51, 56, 72, 75,
76, 80. Draw No 12103: 1, 2, 8, 9, 12,
16, 23, 24, 30, 32, 39, 40, 43, 49, 60, 61,
71, 72, 77, 78.
Buller Electricity wins Pulse takeover
A small shake has been felt by some
in Wellington and the South Island this
The 5.1 magnitude quake hit near
Nelson at 8.50am.
The quake was 110km deep. — NZ ME
Iraqi troops trained by the New Zealand
Defence Force were part of a force that
has retaken the city of Ramadi from the
Islamic State (Isis) terrorist group.
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee
said the success was a result of the
commitment to the Building Partner
Capacity training programme.
“New Zealand and Australian trainers
can take some pride over the successful
action by the recruits.
“NZDF trainers have gone into
professionally established a training
operation which is upskilling large
numbers of Iraqi troops to better equip
themselves to fight.
“New Zealanders can be very proud
of the work our troops are doing to
professionalise the Iraqi security forces,”
Mr Brownlee said in a statement.
New Zealand currently has 143
personnel deployed in Iraq to support a
two-year training mission in Camp Taji,
just north of Baghdad, in tandem with
the Australian Defence Force.
The purpose of the mission is to train
Iraqi Security Forces to be able to
conduct combat operations at a trained
level, according to the Defence Force’s
The mission also aims to train local
forces to reach a state where they are
considered a self-sustaining capability
for the Iraqi Government.
“ Training of the ISF at the Taji
Military Complex covers a broad range
of individual and organisational military
skills, including basic weapons skills,
individual and unit military skills to
prepare for combat operations, as well
as other skills like medical support and
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
push on IS
Three of Pulse Energy’s directors
have accepted Buller Electricity’s
share offer, giving the South Island
lines company more than 90% of the
energy retailer’s shares and the ability
to enforce compulsory acquisition of
the remaining stock.
Pulse deputy chairman Trevor Janes,
whose trust Selenium Corp held
0.4% of the company, and director
James Hoseason, who held 5.3%,
have accepted Buller’s offer for all
their Pulse equity securities, while
interests associated with director
Peter Young also intend to accept the
offer, Auckland-based Pulse said in a
In November, a committee of
the board’s independent directors,
comprising Messrs Janes, Hoseason,
Young and Joseph van Wijk, could
not agree on what to recommend to
Mr Janes, who chaired the
committee, Mr Hoseason and Mr
Young recommended investors sell
their shares and options, but could
not make a recommendation on the
convertible notes, while at the same
time saying none of them would
take up the offer. Mr van Wijk said
he would be selling into the takeover,
and recommended investors accept
unless another party trumps Buller’s
Today, Messrs Janes, Hoseason
and Young recommended holders of
mandatory convertible notes accept
the offer, “as it appears inevitable
that Buller will enforce compulsory
“Accepting the offer as soon as
possible will facilitate a more timely
payment under the terms of the
offer. Payment under the compulsory
acquisition process could take some
time, depending on when Buller
initiates compulsory acquisition,” they
Mr Janes and Mr Hoseason also
own about one third of the company ’s
Buller currently holds 87.7% of
Pulse. It announced its intention
to take over Pulse in October, and
made its full takeover offer on
November 16, offering 11c per share,
5c per option and $1.10 for each
mandatory convertible note.
Pulse’s NZAX-listed shares last
traded at 10.5c, and have gained 50%
Pulse ceded a controlling stake to
Buller Electricity in 2011 to repay
debt and provide capital for expansion
after the minnow retailer ran out of
cash and leaned on the shareholder to
get it through.
Buller Electricity is the local lines
network company on the West Coast
of the South Island. It reported an
annual profit of $328,000 in the year
to March 31, on operating revenue of
$110 million, according to its 2015
The independent adviser’s report
by Campbell Macpherson valued the
shares at between 9.2c and 11.3c, the
options at a maximum of 2.8c, and the
notes at $1.11 to $1.15.
The report said all three prices
offered fell within its valuation ranges,
but said investors would need to make
up their own mind on whether to
accept the offer.
Mr Hoseason will resign as a
director of Pulse from January 1,
and Mr Janes intends to resign by
January 31. — NZME
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Sky Network TV
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Thursday, December 31, 2015
DECLINERS: 20 TRADED: 69
Aluminium High Grade
It keeps replaying through
Ben Scott ’s head — the image
of a stranger running out of his
bedroom, flipping the bassinet
where his 11-week-old son was
sleeping and sending the infant
flying on to the floor.
“It’s just that picture . . . the
image of my baby’s bassinet on its
edge, then falling backwards. It ’s
terrifying,” he said.
Mr Scott was woken at 5.25am
on Sunday by his fiancee, Chelsea,
As they slept, at least one
person had broken into their
Manurewa home and made their
way through each room stealing
whatever they could carry.
“S he was screaming, ‘Get out
of my house you mongrel’, ” Mr
“ I leaped up and just saw the
back of someone’s legs running
out of our bedroom.”
Mr Scott took off after the man,
who reached over and pushed
the bassinet in which the couple’s
baby son Carter was sleeping.
Little Carter fell to the floor and
Chelsea ran to him as Mr Scott
tried to catch the intruder.
He followed the man through
the house and out on to the street,
just in time to see him take off in
his Ford Ranger truck.
“At that point I thought, ‘Do I
risk jumping on the windscreen?’
But I thought it was more
important to go back inside and
see if my kids were okay,” Mr
His elder son Coen, seven,
and Chelsea’s nephew were in a
bedroom down the hall when the
“It was when I got back inside I
started to realise how extensively
these guys had been through our
house,” Mr Scott said. “ What
they took was ridiculous.”
The thieves took another car
from the property, and cleaned
out the family’s televisions,
laptops, iPads and a tablet Coen
was given for Christmas. They
also took credit cards and a
significant amount of Chelsea’s
“They took the television off
the wall in our bedroom, within
2m of where I was sleeping. They
took my jeans, jackets, hats, some
bottles of booze.”
The spare key to Mr Scott’s
Ford was hidden in his sock
drawer, which they rifled through.
They also took his cellphone
which he keeps under his pillow
while he sleeps.
Chelsea’s phone was also sitting
close to her pillow and as one
of the thieves reached for it, she
“It is frightening how long they
were in the house while we were
asleep. They went into Coen’s
room and unplugged a laptop and
took it from right beside his bed.
“ We found their shoes, they left
them at the top of the driveway.
Obviously they knew they would
make less noise in just socks. ”
Mr Scott said baby Carter was
not injured and did not appear to
be traumatised by his ordeal.
“He’s doing good. Coen’s a
bit upset because they took his
Christmas present. We had been
at the beach the day before so the
new boogie boards and all the
beach toys were still in the car
and they are gone.
“ My fiancee will be scarred by
this, the baby is fine but it ’s a
terrifying thing to see.”
Mr Scott has lived at the house
for 12 years, three of those
with Chelsea. He had never
been burgled or had anything
untoward happen in that time.
“Going on what they stole they
must have been in the house
for about half an hour. When I
look at how detailed they were
at going through the house, it’s
creepy. Who goes through a sock
“The material stuff, I couldn’t
give two s—ts about. But they ’ve
scared my family. They are
mongrels, there’s no doubt about
Mr Scott had a message for the
“ You threw my baby. You’ve
destroyed our privacy and what
we perceived as being our safe
place. You didn’t just break into a
house, you’ve done more than just
take people’s s—t .”
Manukau central area
prevention manager Inspector
Bruce O’Brien said one of the
vehicles stolen was found dumped
on the North Shore yesterday.
“ We will be doing a forensic
examination of that vehicle to
help us with the investigation,”
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Family reels from brazen burglary
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Ben Scott, fiancee Chelsea Smith and their children Isabelle, Coen and newborn son Carter were
disturbed by burglars while sleeping.
A 77-year-old Oamaru woman
had to be cut from her Volkswagen
hatchback yesterday after it flipped
and rolled several times south of
Acting sergeant Blair Corlet, of
Oamaru, said the woman was taken
to Oamaru Hospital before being
airlifted to D unedin Hospital with
serious injuries, after the crash on
State highway 1, between Waimotu
Road and Currie Road, about
The woman had been travelling
south in the silver Volkswagen when it
crossed the centre line, flipped several
times and landed in a paddock.
“ Members of the public coming in
the opposite direction saw the car veer
across the road and hit the bank,” Mr
Corlet said late yesterday.
“ It was airborne from the bank and
flipped a number of times — it ’s gone
some distance there.”
The vehicle came to rest in the
paddock against a fence, about 100m
from the road.
The woman, the car’s sole occupant,
was trapped in the vehicle and had to
be cut free by members of the Weston
Volunteer Fire Brigade and Kakanui
Rural Fire Force.
Members of the public who
were first at the scene rushed to
the woman’s aid, comforting and
supporting her until she was freed
from the car and taken to hospital by
St John ambulance.
“That was really nice,” Mr Corlet
Inquiries into the crash were
continuing, he said.
— Otago Daily Times
Driver survives spectacular crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
The Volkswagen after yesterday ’s crash.
Search stepped up
for missing man
Police, family and friends
and Land Search and
Rescue volunteers scoured
“areas of interest ” yesterday
as the hunt for a missing
Dunedin man continues.
Police inquiries have
Stephen Gourlay was last
seen walking south in
Kaikorai Valley Road near
Bowl Line about 8am on
December 20, after being
dropped off by a friend.
He was wearing a black hoodie, blue
shorts and brown work boots and was
carrying a black backpack.
Police had earlier stated the last
confirmed sighting of Mr Gourlay was
in the Ravensbourne area on December
Senior sergeant Ian Temple, of
Dunedin, said the search areas included
near Mr Gourlay’s Athol Place,
Ravensbourne, home and the Electrix
work yard in Halfway Bush, where he is
The search was not
prompted by a lead or tip-
off, he said.
“He’s missing. It was an
avenue that needed to be
Dunedin Land Search
and Rescue committee
chairman Dave Robert-
son said the crew was
in Signal Hill, above
The search was to reassure family and
friends and was not prompted by any
specific event, Mr Robertson said.
Mr Gourlay was described by family
as Caucasian, about 173cm tall, of a
slight build and with a slightly lazy eye,
short grey hair and a sleeve tattoo on his
He had previously been described as
having grey facial hair but was clean-
shaven when he was last seen, police
said. — Otago Daily Times
Police in Wellington and Auckland are
seeking two people who went missing
yesterday — Terrence Massey, 67, of
Wainuiomata, and 84-year-old woman
Xiu Yue Fang, last seen in Newmarket.
Mr Massey is missing from his Moores
Valley Road home. He was reported
missing at 5.30pm and is believed to
be wearing a blue-green checked shirt
underneath red braces, and dark blue
Mr Massey is European, 170cm tall
and of slim build. He may still be in the
Moores Valley area.
He needs to take medication
daily. Anyone with information on
his whereabouts was asked contact
Police are also appealing for sightings
of Asian woman Xiu Yue Fang, who was
last seen yesterday at the intersection
of Morrow Street and Broadway,
Ms Fang is 150cm tall with short hair.
Police said she was “very active” and last
time she went missing from Newmarket
she was found in Ellerslie.
Ms Fang was last seen wearing a blue-
black chequered shirt, a black vest, a
sky-blue hat with a large rim and glasses.
Anyone with any information was
asked to contact Auckland police.
NZME-New Zealand Herald
Police seek information on two
Auckland man Richard Thomson
was on holiday with his family on
Kowharewa Beach, Tutukaka, when
he spotted smoke billowing from
the land behind them.
Along with other holidaymakers,
he ran to help keep the fire away
from a nearby house.
“It was all go from there,” he said.
“A big group of us ran over there
and hosed down the house, it was
all a bit full on for a moment. ”
Video shot by Mr Thomson about
4.45pm showed flames burning
perilously close to the property
while the group pitched in to
There did not seem to be anyone
home at the house at the time, he
“I saw the new BMW parked in
the driveway with the keys in it and
I just about jumped in and moved
it. I think it was saved before it
went up the back of the property.
There would’ve been about 10 guys
there with hoses to put it all out.
“ Everyone chipped in. When you
need people, they just arrive. It ’s
funny, isn’t it?”
When the Fire Ser vice arrived the
holidaymakers left the scene. Mr
Thomson said a lot of people were
leaving the valley in cars. He said he
was pleased the fire was now under
control, although firefighters were
still in the area.
“I’m glad it’s over, it’s been a big
Whangarei MP Dr Shane
Reti said he had been talking to
residents on Tutukaka Block Road
about the fire.
“ Residents were describing how
the flames came up through the
gully, to the top of the road and
the flames at that point, when they
reached the road, were as high as
the power lines,” he said.
People in the affected properties
had been fighting back the flames
and embers with garden hoses,
despite not being on town-supplied
“They’re on tank water and it’s
been a very dry past few days,” he
While the fire was largely under
control, there was still a lot of
smoke and hot areas.
Although the cause of the fire
remained unknown, Dr Reti said
residents were suspicious it might
have started by someone throwing
a cigarette out of a car window.
“There was no obvious human
activity down in the gully where it
was supposed to have started,” Dr
The residents were shaken by the
fire, he said.
“ To see the flames leap as high as
the power lines, that ’s very worrying
when it ’s just across the road from
your property. When the flames are
that high you can feel the heat.” —
Holidaymakers pitch in
to save house from fire
A man has been arrested after gunshots
were heard at a Horowhenua camping
ground last night.
Police said they received reports of
a fight between campers at Waikawa,
south of Levin, which led to a man
threatening others with what was
thought to be a knife.
A man has been charged with firearms
and driving offences, and is due to
appear in the Levin District Court this
One person suffered eye lacerations in
A woman who lived nearby told RNZ
News she could not remember there
ever being any trouble at the camping
ground, and the incident had frightened
her. — NZME
Arrest after campers clash
A beach closed three times after a shark
came close to shore is open today.
between Whangamata and Waihi, was
closed yesterday afternoon when a
bronze whaler was spotted nearby.
A lifeguard at Whiritoa said the beach
was open this morning and there had
been no sign of the shark.
Conditions were “pretty overcast ” but
there were still plenty of people on the
beach this morning, he said.
Bishop told One News the shark came
around every afternoon, and got closer to
shore each time.
Last weekend, a bronze whaler cavorted
in shallow waters near Papamoa in Bay
of Plenty, sending swimmers scurrying
Department of Conser vation marine
scientist Clinton D uffy said bronze
whalers generally ignored swimmers and
other water users. — N Z ME
after shark scare
left on wharf
With holiday hot spot Waiheke
experiencing a massive tourist surge,
some tourists were left behind on the
Auckland wharf yesterday.
Ferry operator Fullers said it increased
its sailings by 63%, but 20-40 people
were left to wait on the wharf yesterday
afternoon when the 4.30pm ferry was
full. Sunny weather, cruise ship visits and
the peak holiday season have combined
to bring about what has been described
as the island’s busiest summer.
Fullers chief executive Douglas Hudson
said “the odd peak ser vice could overload”
at this time of year, and that should not
be a massive surprise. — NZME
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