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Ten people were still in Christchurch
Hospital yesterday after the bus crash near
Otira on New Year’s Eve.
A Swiss national who had been in a
critical condition yesterday was now stable
and a Chinese national had been discharged
yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Another Swiss national and eight Chinese
nationals were in a stable condition.
Sixteen people were injured on New
Year’s Eve when a bus and a van collided
in the Otira Gorge.
Some patients were taken to Grey Base
Hospital on the West Coast and later
transferred to Christchurch.
The packed tourist bus skidded to a halt
barely a metre short of a cliff edge.
Members of the public tended to
crash victims before police, paramedics,
firefighters and multiple helicopters
arrived. The bus was believed to belong to
A staff member at Travlon refused to
comment, referring queries to police.
Witnesses reported the bus was going
fast before the crash, Li Xin from the
Chinese consulate in Christchurch and
Tasman road policing manager Inspector
Iain McKenzie told Fairfax. It was the
tourists’ first day of their holiday.
“From the descriptions from the
passengers it seems the coach was travelling
very fast. All of them told us that,” Li Xin
said. Mr McKenzie said witnesses to the
crash also said the coach was travelling
fast. He said they were investigating the
possibility of brake failure on the coach.
The two vehicles were to be inspected
“After that vehicle inspection we will be in
a better position to know what happened,”
he said. The bus had been travelling to
Franz Josef Glacier from Christchurch.
Ten still in hospital after bus crash
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John Michael (Gus). —
Sunshine fades and
But sweet memories out-
PINN Brian Russell
(Whip) — Passed away
on Friday January 1,
2016, at Grey Hospital.
Dearly loved dad of
Barbara Pinn, loved son
of Billy and the late
Norma, loved brother
of Trevor (deceased),
Robert and Judith, and
close friend of Carol
Jones. Whip will be
sadly missed by all his
friends. Messages to 40
Pitt St Runanga, 7803.
At Brian's request a
private service has been
service and “Pub Crawl”
to honour Brian will
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declined but donations
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would be appreciated
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service. A celebration of
Trevor's life will be held
in the Holy Trinity
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PINN, Brian (Whip).
— After a long and hard
fought battle left us on
January 1, 2016. A great
and loyal friend right to
the end. Thanks for
always being there for
us and always having
my back! A true
Runanga boy to the end!
Tammie, Cliff, Kelsie
Coast Lotto player wins
A West Coast Lotto player won a BMW SUV
at the weekend. A player from New Plymouth
won the top prize in Lotto’s Triple Dip Christmas
promotion, taking home $1 million. One car came to
the Coast. The winning West Coast voucher number
Six people were injured after a car crash on State
highway 6 near Ruatapu on New Year’s day. St
John said all six patients had minor injuries. Two
ambulances were sent to the scene at 1.25pm.
One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash
near Taupo yesterday afternoon. Police said the
crash happened at State highway 1 near Wairakei,
about 20km from Taupo, about 1pm. Meanwhile a
young man died and four other people were injured
in a two-car crash about 7.30pm on State highway
2 at Waipawa in the Hawke’s Bay. In Tahuna, near
Morrinsville, fire crews were called just before
7.15am yesterday to a crash that left a car upside
down in a drain. Passengers in a vehicle that ended
up down a bank on State highway 35, near Cape
Runaway on the east coast, also appeared to have
escaped serious injury when emergency ser vices
arrived on the scene just after 8.30pm last night.
Eleanor Catton married her long-time partner
Steven Toussaint yesterday. The 30-year-old, whose
second novel, The Luminaries, won the 2013 Man
Booker Prize, lives with the poet in Mt Eden.
Toussaint was born in Chicago and emigrated to
New Zealand in 2011 after completing an master
of fine arts degree at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop,
where the couple met. Catton has kept details of the
couple’s wedding quiet.
Strange Trade Me bids
An unwanted Christmas gift of $100 has sold for
$257.50 on Trade Me. The listing attracted more
than 260,000 page views and Trade Me scrutinised
and removed numerous bids when they went over
$5000. The winning bid was from the account of
stu178. Stuart, from Christchurch, had his own
unusual listing — a used red paper clip.
The poison 1080 was dropped near a
fishing party on the West Coast after
the guiding company was not notified
of the aerial drop.
It is one of four incidents revealed
in the Environmental Protection
Authority’s eighth annual report on the
aerial use of 1080 during 2014-15.
The West Coast had the largest
number of aerial 1080 operations, 11.
Nationally, since 2010 the number
of poison drops have increased, while
incidents have continued to decrease.
A year ago during an aerial drop in the
Mokihinui area, a guided fishing party
helicoptered on to the conser vation
estate found 1080 pellets and saw
helicopters with buckets flying in the
area. The authority said poisoned baits
were not dropped on top of the party,
which then left the area.
“Inquiries confirmed that known
DOC concessionaires had been notified
of the operation, but the association
to which the fishing party belonged
had been inadvertently left off the list
of concession holders provided to Tb
Free,” the report said.
The local public health unit
investigated, but no further action was
The other incidents were:
Abbey Rocks (Paringa): The carcase
of a kea was recovered and radio
transmitters confirmed that the bird
had died on the first day following the
1080 operation. The cause of death
was diagnosed by a pathologist as
“presumptive 1080 poisoning”. The kea
was one of 21 being studied to assess
the impact of such operations on kea.
Kaiata Range: Two sisters visiting
from Reefton found 1080 pellets near
their vehicle while they were checking
out a rural property for sale. According
to the authority, the public health unit
found there had been clear signage in
the approach to the area, both at the
entrance to Maori Gully Road and
within 300m of the entrance to the
track. “ This area is privately owned and
a permit is needed to enter ... however,
it is likely they were unaware the land
was privately owned, as there was no
signage to indicate this.”
However, Kathleen Bartlett and
Gwen Gardner dispute this version of
events, and the health report into it has
not been released publicly yet.
Cascade-Hope (south of Haast): A
small spillage involving 10kg of bait,
within the aircraft loading zone, was
cleaned up by the contractor and DOC
staff. Following close examination of
the sowing data/map, it was identified
that in a few minor cases bait had been
laid between 4m — and in one case,
42m — outside the resource consent
boundary, but within the boundary in
the permit, granted by the health unit.
Nationally, there were six breaches of
the Hazardous Substances and New
Organisms Act, down from eight
breaches in 2013.
Environment Minister Nick Smith
said the area of land “treated” with
the poison had doubled to almost one
million hectares because of the ‘Battle
for Our Birds’, but with few incidents.
“Calls for a ban on the use of 1080
are ill-informed and would cause huge
environmental problems. The result
would be millions more possums and
rats, far fewer native birds, and Tb
would infect far more of our cattle,” Dr
Four mishaps after 1080 drops
Days of widespread rainfall might
have washed out the holidays for
summer campers, but for farmers in
many places it has been merely a drop
of what is needed to replenish drought-
Despite rain over much of the country
since New Year’s Day, the latest climate
map issued by the National Institute
of Water and Atmosphere showed
soil moisture in most regions was in
deficit amid a summer intensified
by a severe El Nino climate
The driest areas included Central
Otago, Canterbury, Marlborough,
Wairarapa, Northland and parts of
Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, the Central
North Island, Waikato and Northland.
Metser vice forecaster Emma Blades
said high pressure was expected to
build over New Zealand “which means
several days of dry weather”.
Federated Farmers spokeswoman
Katie Milne said that for dry places,
the rain had not come “anywhere near ”
what was needed to top up deficits.
“ If we don’t get more rain to
follow it up, we’ ll just be back to square
Among the hardest-hit operations
were sheep and beef farms in dry
areas, which were facing their second
drought in a row and had been unable
to repay debts from last summer.
Wanaka sheep farmer Phill Hunt
said his area had received little of the
recent rain, and the situation remained
“pretty dire” for farmers in the Central
Otago and lakes districts.
Northland sheep and beef farmer
Roger Ludbrook said his rural district
of Ohaeawai had been described as one
of the driest in the country just three
days ago, when rainfall totals had been
down about 700mm to 800mm on
what was needed.
“But this rain has been brilliant —
basically, it ’s going to hold off damage
that ’s going to be caused by the El
Nino for another four weeks.”
Climate scientist Dr Jim Salinger
said the burst of rain was the result of
a Madden-Julian Oscillation — an
eastward-moving pulse of cloud and
rainfall from near the equator.
But he expected the next would not
arrive until mid-February — if at all
and it would not be until autumn
that the strong El Nino began dying
New Zealand Herald
was saved yesterday by the
defibrillator he helped raise
funds to buy.
Mr O’Leary, 65, collapsed
with a heart attack at the
Kaikorai Bowling Club
playing in the 60th Dunedin
His skip, Graeme Allan,
a retired security officer at
Dunedin Hospital, was trained
to use the defibrillator and was
able to get Mr O’Leary’s heart
When the ambulance arrived
to take Mr O’Leary to hospital,
St John officers praised the
work of the bowlers.
When Mr O’Leary owned
the Southern Tavern, he was a
major sponsor who helped the
Kaikorai club raise the $5000
for the defibrillator.
He was the first person to
benefit from the defibrillator,
which was bought three years
“ Danny had just drawn
two superb bowls before he
collapsed,’’ Mr Allan said.
‘’He has been a member of our
club for 17 years. I was happy to
be able to use the defibrillator
to help save Danny’s life. ’’
The Kaikorai team was
leading 11-4 at the time and
the game was immediately
called off. Other games were
halted while the ambulance
officers did their job and took
Mr O’Leary to hospital.
Otago Daily Times
Dunedin man’s life
saved by defibrillator
he helped buy
Rain not enough for
Hollaway and Dale Thistlethwaite lived
for and loved the mountains.
The pair were on one of their regular
climbing holidays in New Zealand
when they fell, roped together, more
than 700m down a steep face on the
eastern slope of Mount Silberhorn
in the Aoraki-Mount Cook National
Park on December 29.
Stunned friends paid tribute to the
couple, who had been married seven
years. And they were puzzled about
what could have caused the deaths of
such experienced and safety-conscious
The bodies were spotted on January 1.
Police are investigating and believe
one may have fallen and pulled the
“They were passionate people who
laughed a lot and could tell the best
stories,” friends from the Melbourne
University Mountaineering Club said
in a statement.
“They were admired and loved. Stu
especially was an enthusiastic and
inspiring teacher and mentor. ”
Hollaway, 42, taught avalanche safety
in New Zealand and had been coming
here to climb for the past 25 years.
Ms Thistlethwaite, 35, shared her
husband’s passion for climbing but also
worked as an audit manager for the
Victorian Auditor-General’s Office.
A close friend said they were
“absolutely the most passionate people
I knew ”.
There were some “fantastic” rock
climbing areas to the west of his native
Melbourne but there was no place quite
like New Zealand.
The couple ran Vertical World
Mountain Climbing and on the
company Facebook page, Hollaway
gives straight-talking advice on how to
avoid death and fall.
Meanwhile, a tramper missing
overnight on the Coromandel
Peninsula has been found in the bush
just before daybreak.
Inspector Jason Greenhalgh said a
search was mounted last night after
a woman in her 20s failed to meet up
with her partner at a pre-arranged
pick-up point at Kennedy Bay.
Search and rescue volunteers walked
through the night retracing the woman’s
route before coming across her at 4am.
“She was found safe and well this
morning,” he said.
were roped together
Police are working to track down
the suppliers of illicit drugs after
seven people were hospitalised in
Auckland over the weekend.
Two people were rushed to
hospital from a brothel yesterday
after ingesting what was believed to
be the drug GHB.
Ambulance, paramedics and the
Fire Ser vice were called to Femme
Fatale gentlemen’s club on Wellesley
Street, central Auckland, about
St John spokesman Robbie Walker
said a woman was in a critical
condition and a man was in a serious
condition when they were taken to
Auckland City Hospital.
While investigating the pair
officers discovered there had been
a rash of other hospital admissions
in similar circumstances, prompting
“ immediate concern” and a wider
Detective senior sergeant Marcia
Murray said five women were also
taken to hospital for treatment after
consuming “an unconfirmed illegal
substance” in the past 48 hours.
Ms Murray issued a stark warning
of the “ life-threatening” dangers of
taking drugs, including GHB, or
GHB is a class B drug which has
a number of side effects including
sweating, loss of consciousness,
vomiting and hallucinations.
“We do not yet know if there is
anything linking the different cases
but we are seriously concerned at
the number of people who have
been hospitalised and want people
to think twice before they take illicit
drugs,” she said.
“The consequences of taking illegal
substances can be life-threatening
and we want people to recognise the
dangerous risk they are taking. ”
Ms Murray said they had ordered
toxicology tests to confirm the drugs,
and would be further speaking to
those in hospital.
New Zealand Herald
Search on after seven
Origin Energy says it will
vigorously defend a claim
by a former employee that it
covered up leaks at its oil and
gas fields in New Zealand
Sally McDow, a former
compliance manager with
the company, lodged a
statement of claim and
the Federal Court of
Australia on December
She alleges there have
been leaks at the company ’s
facilities in Taranaki and at
Surat in Queensland as far
back as 2010, according to
Origin Energy says three
investigated Ms McDow ’s
allegations, including of
serious compliance issues or
cover-ups, and they were not
“Origin believes it has
incidents to the relevant
said in a statement.
vigorously defend Ms
McDow ’s claims in court.
There has been no known
oil leak to an aquifer in the
Surat fields, no known gas
leaks at Kauri C in Taranaki
from pipelines, the company
It was common for oil
and gas facilities around the
world to have very minor
operational weeps of gas
that were not reportable
incidents, the company
Origin denies oil
and gas leak claims
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