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Apartment fall fatal
A woman is believed to have fallen
to her death from a central Auckland
apartment building yesterday. Police
officers at the Eden Apartments
were tightlipped about the death,
confirming only that an incident had
occurred. About six police cars were
seen in the Eden Crescent area. An
ambulance attended the incident —
reported as an “extreme fall” — at
5.20pm. Police were seen inspecting
a balcony on the fifth floor.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Rescuers lift car of f girl
A group of about eight people
heaved a car off an 11-year-old girl
who was run over in a car park by
a learner driver yesterday. The car’s
teenage driver, about 16, was having
a lesson with her mother at a New
World car park in Whangamata
when she accidentally accelerated
instead of braking and drove over the
footpath and into a garden, trapping
the girl in the process. A St John
spokeswoman said ambulance staff
were called at 10.43am. The girl
was rushed to Thames Hospital in a
moderate condition. — N ZM E
Five hurt in smash
Five people were injured, including
four rescuers found lying on the road,
after a van struck a tractor in Hawke’s
Bay last evening. Two of the victims
were critically injured, two others
were seriously hurt and the fifth
had moderate injuries. The collision
happened 500m south of Lake Road
in Porangahau, in southern Hawke’s
Bay. Police were called to the scene,
near the Wanstead Tavern, about
5.30pm, Inspector Ken Climo of
police central communications said.
Boy saved from drowning
A 16-year-old boy has been
pulled from the water at Tairua,
in Coromandel yesterday. St John
sent two ambulances and a first
response unit to the beach at about
11.43am, a spokeswoman said.
Paramedics treated the boy at the
scene, stabilising him on the beach,
she said. The teen was taken to
Thames Hospital about 12.45pm in a
moderate condition, she said.
A boat capsized yesterday before
it even hit the water, causing traffic
chaos. The boat ended up in the
bushes on the side of Auckland’s
Southern Motor way after it toppled
off its trailer. The accident happened
1km north of the Takanini turn-off
about 4.15pm. A commuter reported
traffic was backed up for about 5km
as a result.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Lotto pool jackpots
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1505 last night.
Successful numbers were 9, 13, 27,
28, 29, 40; bonus 1. Strike numbers
were 28, 40, 13, 29. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 4. There was no division one
Body found in ‘potentially suspicious’ circumstances
An on-line retailer has been fined nearly
$40,000 for listing dog transmitters and
drone radio-controllers which would
illegally use commercial radio frequencies
in New Zealand.
Between 2011 and 2013 Fishpond had
been listing US-made Garmin GPS dog
transmitters and multi-copter control
devices for sale on its website until it was
prosecuted by the Ministry for Business,
Innovation and Employment.
The devices use frequencies not available
for public use in New Zealand and
which are licensed to transport, forestry
and utility businesses — raising safety
concerns they could have interfered with
They also had a power plug which was
illegal in New Zealand.
No member of the public actually
bought any of the devices through
Fishpond apart from a ministry “test ”
Fishpond removed another 600,000
items for sale on its website it suspected
may not have complied with regulatory
It then pleaded guilty in the District
Court to six charges under radio
communications and electricity laws and
was initially fined $50,000.
However, the company appealed to the
High Court in Auckland, saying that
was too harsh and it should not have
been more than $20,000.
In his decision, Justice Matthew Muir
agreed the sentencing judge had made
While no harm had resulted that did
not mean Fishpond’s culpability was
materially reduced and he felt, taking into
account the company ’s genuine remorse,
loss of revenue from removing 600,000
listings and guilty pleas, a $38,250 fine
was more appropriate. — N Z N
A body has been found on the porch
of a house in Remuera in “potentially
Emergency ser vices are at the scene
on Shore Road in the upmarket
It is understood a woman died
after receiving fatal injuries, and the
residents of a house called for help.
Auckland city police senior sergeant
Grant Miller said: “The body of a
person has been found on a front
porch of the house in potentially
suspicious circumstances. ”
Mr Miller could not confirm if the
body was that of a man or woman,
but confirmed it was an adult.
He said the grisly discovery
happened shortly before 11am.
A St John spokeswoman said two
ambulances were dispatched at
10.49am, and arrived minutes later.
However, the patient had already
died from injuries.
A resident of the street said it had
been closed to residents and there
was a large police presence there.
“A lot of cop cars have gone by and
the street is closed,” the resident,
who wished not to be named, said.
It was understood the victim was a
woman, but it was not known if she
lived at the address or if she was even
known to those who lived there.
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Aluminium High Grade
Visitors to St Bathans this
summer can see the village
through a dog’s eyes thanks to
the Vulcan Hotel’s canine tour
Jack, an 11-year-old Labrador-
collie cross, has given tours of
the historic village since it was a
Visitors will often find it lazing
outside the hotel only to jump
up and escort them around the
walkway and down to the lake.
Owners Jude and Mike
Kavanagh bought Jack off a local
farm girl when it was five weeks
old after the loss of their previous
“S he said she had one left in the
litter and he was the best out of
the litter,” Mrs Kavanagh said.
On his circuit Jack often
uncovers lost items such as
cellphones and cameras.
On one occasion Jack gave a
surprise present to a group of
three families who were passing
through the village.
“He likes to bury rabbits, so he
dug some up and gave one each
to each of the five or six kids,”
Mrs Kavanagh said.
It was extremely friendly, she
“He’s wonderful with kids and
wonderful with a ball. ”
It has been flat-out this summer
as hundreds of holidaymakers
visit the town daily to see its 19th
century buildings and picturesque
“It’s been hectic. All sorts
of people have been coming
through,” she said.
Emma Slee, who works at the
hotel, said she was given a tour
by Jack when she first visited the
village last May.
She described it as “an old man
in a pooch body”.
“ Jack the dog looks at you like
he knows more than you.”
Holidaymaker Mark Cauley, of
Christchurch, said as soon as he
parked his car in the village Jack
pricked his head up, and led him
down to the lake.
“ I followed him because he
had an urgency on his face like:
‘ Timmy ’s stuck down the well
and we need to save him’.”
The village is dog friendly but
the only dogs allowed in the
Vulcan are Jack, Cash the Jack
Russell and Jeff the chihuahua,
the latter two belonging to the
Kavanagh’s daughter Juliet.
— Otago Daily Times
St Bathans tour guide a bit of a wag
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
St Bathans tour guide Jack the Labrador-collie cross takes a break outside the Vulcan Hotel.
Z Energy’s new vegan pie offering
has feathers ruffled over one
decidedly non-vegan ingredient.
A customer revealed yesterday
the gourmet Mexican pie — with a
spicy tomato, sweetcorn and onion
filling — contained E920, a pastry
conditioner made from ground-
up poultry feathers — meaning
the prize-winning baked good is
definitely not suitable for vegans.
The claim was made on the
service station chain’s Facebook
page, with Z Energy confirming
the ingredient in a follow-up
“ We’ve just checked with our pie
makers and the E920 that has been
used to date has been chemically
derived from poultry feathers,” the
“This was an honest mistake which
our bakers have fixed.
“ While only the tiniest trace of
this product was used in our pies
0.0023% — we understand the
principle here and no future vegan
pies, including the ones being baked
today, will contain this product.
“ To demonstrate how seriously we
take this, a production run of these
pies using this ingredient are now
being donated to charity rather than
being sold at Z sites. Thanks again
for bringing this to our attention,” it
The pie, which won a customer
competition to be sold in Z petrol
stations over the summer holiday
period, had sold in the thousands in
its first five days on the racks, with
some stores selling out.
Gemma McLeod, a health food
blogger from Auckland, beat out stiff
competition to be the vegan winner,
with four of the top five entries being
The woman who discovered
ground-up poultry feathers in the
ingredients list for the Mexican
pie said members of the Vegans
New Zealand Facebook group were
“overwhelmingly posting support
on-line for Z Energy”.
“ We are pleased that Z Energy
have been so upfront and honest
and immediately taken responsibility
for their mistake (or the mistake of
whoever they contract to bake their
pies),” she said.
“They have remedied the situation
and have today started baking a new
batch of pies without the E920. No
pies containing the E920 are on sale
and the new batch produced has been
donated to charity.”
Other vegans had found ingredients
derived from animal ingredients after
purchasing and consuming products,
“It’s an easy mistake to make and
simply highlights how ‘hidden’ a lot of
ingredients are. I assume many non-
vegans would be disgusted to learn
their food is made from ground-up
The woman said a petition had
also been started to make the vegan
product a permanent addition to Z
The limited-edition pie — a success
around the country — is on sale until
January 24. — NZME
Vegan pie contained poultry feather additive
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Gemma McLeod with her vegan
Motorcycles made up just 0.5% of
all vehicles travelling on New Zealand
roads last year, but 15% of fatal crashes
“So they’re 30 times overrepresented,
which is a huge cause for concern,”
Superintendent Steve Greally said. He
said there had been 53 fatal motorcycle
accidents in 2015, up from 42 in 2014.
Of those, 48 were riders and five were
ACC figures also showed that the
cost of claims for injuries from crashes
involving motorcyclists has been
steadily increasing since 2011, from
$70.57 million to $82.06 million in
In Bay of Plenty, the cost shot up 38%,
from $5.20m in 2010 to $6.13m in 2014.
Not all of the deaths have been the fault
of motorcyclists, but many could have
been prevented, Waikato road policing
manager Inspector Freda Grace said.
Thirteen of the deaths had occurred
in her area last year — the most of any
police district — up from eight in 2014.
Mrs Grace did not have details of the
most recent fatality, in December, but
commented on the others.
“The majority of motorcyclists involved
in crashes this year, their bikes haven’t
been roadworthy, so no registration or
WOF,” she said.
“Six of the victims didn’t have the
correct licence to be on the bike in the
first place, or had no class of licence at all.
“ Five were suspected to have had
drugs in their system or been on home
detention . . . and four of them were not
Speed was a factor in five of the crashes,
Mr Greally said people needed to
remember motorcyclists did not have
the protection of a one-tonne vehicle, so
those driving cars and trucks needed to
look out for them.
“ When they come off their bikes, they
hit things fast and at high speed, and
when the human body does that without
any airbag or cushioning, bad things
“ It ’s not necessarily their fault — some
cases it is, some cases it ’s other people’s
Motorcyclists will this year be the
focus for the third phase of the Safer
Journeys objective — Safe System —
which focuses on safer vehicles, safer
roads and road signs, safer speeds and
safer road users.
“ It ’s not necessarily all about rider
behaviour. There are a lot of things that
can contribute to it.
“As motorists, we need to be really
conscious of who’s around us, and
motorcyclists, who sometimes are hard
to see despite the fact that they’ve got
high visibility gear on, because they ’re
not as big as a car or any other vehicle.”
Motorcycle Council of New Zealand
chairman Mark Gilbert said there was
only one piece of road that everyone had
to share and do it safely.
“ We believe that motorcyclists can
help themselves by having all the right
gear, the right sort of full-face helmet
and wear good riding apparel because
that could be the difference between life
Mr Gilbert said carrying out regular
bike checks and thinking about who you
were leaving behind when you left home
were also good ways to physically and
mentally stay safe.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
TPP to be signed in
NZ next month
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
will be signed in New Zealand next
month, according to media reports.
Ministers from the 12 countries
that have negotiated the massive and
controversial deal will formally sign
the agreement on February 4 in New
Zealand, Bloomberg BNA has reported.
Andres Rebolledo, director general
of Chile’s International Economic
Relations Bureau, reportedly confirmed
the date in a meeting with the country’s
National Human Rights Institute.
The signing will be a high-profile
celebration, but the deal will still need
to be ratified in national parliaments.
In the United States, the Obama
administration had aimed to have the
deal ratified by July.
The office of Trade Minister Todd
McClay has been contacted for
After years of talks, the secretive TPP
trade deal was finalised in October,
with the 12 countries negotiating the
deal concluding five years of intense
The pact will cut trade barriers and set
common standards for 40 per cent of
the world’s economy, and deliver New
Zealand its long sought-after free-trade
deal with the US, the largest economy in
the world, and Japan, the third-largest
economy, as well as Canada, Mexico and
Other TPP players are Australia,
Singapore, Brunei, Chile, Vietnam, and
Malaysia, all of which New Zealand has
TPP talks began in 2010 but strong
public opposition to the deal here has
centred on concerns about its impact,
such as making pharmaceuticals more
expensive and a loss of sovereignty.
Thousands of people demonstrated in
August, many angry that details of the
deal had been kept secret. — NZ ME
Te reo assault complaint
leads to charge
‘Oh yeah, her story’s wrong’
New claims have surfaced in
an incident in which a woman
had five teeth knocked out in an
altercation with a man outside an
east Auckland bar.
Shona Maiden appeared in media
this week after being assaulted near
the 123 Karaoke Bar in Howick.
She claimed she was attacked by
a man who had a problem with her
saying “ka kite ano” (see you later)
to friends as she was heading home.
The man allegedly questioned why
a Palagi — Samoan for a European
— w a s speaking in te reo Maori.
But yesterday, police said they
were laying assault charges against
both the man and Ms Maiden
herself, after CCTV footage
suggested her story of events had
A staffer at 123 Karaoke Bar,
who asked not to be named, said
the incident occurred as staff were
cleaning up following New Year’s
“All of a sudden, we saw an
incident outside and we ran outside
and inter vened. But we didn’t know
what the story was. ”
None of the staff saw the
altercation. It was not until they saw
the news coverage and reviewed the
security footage they found out.
“The CCTV footage — the
policeman saw it himself — and he
goes, ‘Oh yeah, her story’s wrong’.”
The footage showed Ms Maiden
speaking with a man who was
Words were exchanged, then she
slapped him on the head. The man
did not retaliate then.
“ He just looked at her and carried
on smoking. Then they were talking
again and then the friends went.
“One of (her) friends came back
and then that ’s when she punched
him. Then, I think, he couldn’t take
it from there.”
The man did retaliate then, hitting
“S he punched him clean in the
face and it pushed him back,”
the staffer said. “He stumbled
backwards. The police watched it
over and over again. It was a big hit.
“There was another guy involved,
too, but he did a blind shot (punch)
to the guy. That ’s when we came in
and broke it up. ”
The staffer said although the
incident was unfortunate, it was
important to reveal the truth behind
the incident — particularly as staff
were said to have not inter vened or
offered to help Ms Maiden after
she was attacked.
“After the incident happened, we
helped her out and we asked her if
she wanted us to ring the police or
(ambulance) and she declined it,”
“ We’re trying to make the area
as safe as possible. There’s only so
much we can do inside the bar.
Whatever they do outside, we can’t
The worker said Ms Maiden was
not a regular at the 123 Karaoke
Bar. The man, however, regularly
popped in with his partner or
The worker also said staff were
disappointed that Ms Maiden had
claimed her attacker was of Pacific
descent after he branded her a
“He’s Maori. Not only islanders
say ‘Palagi’. When I saw that, I said
to people, ‘That ’s wrong’.”
Ms Maiden and the man involved
will appear in court on January 12.
A 10-year-old child has been taken
into care after police raided a Nelson
motel unit to make a drug arrest last
Officers executed a search warrant
at the motel, in the seaside suburb of
Tahunanui, shortly after 6.30pm.
They arrested a 29-year-old local
woman on drugs charges.
Several other people, including the
child, were also found inside the unit.
The youngster is now being cared
for by a relative, and Child, Youth and
Family had been notified.
Police said the Fire Ser vice and an
ambulance crew were called to the
scene, but their services were not
The arrested woman will appear in
the Nelson District Court charged with
possession of methamphetamine and
cannabis, as well as other related drug-
dealing offences. — N Z ME
Child, 10, found in motel drug bust
dies at 49
The chief executive of SBS Bank
Wayne Evans has died aged 49.
SBS Bank said in a statement that Mr
Evans died from natural causes.
“ Wayne was a vibrant and respected
leader of our organisation. His passion
and strategic leadership will be acutely
missed,” SBS chairman John Ward said.
“O ur heartfelt condolences go to
Wayne’s family. Out of respect for
Wayne’s family, we will not be making
any further comment at this stage.”
Evans leaves behind four sons, aged 14
to 24, and a wife, Nicola.
He revealed last month his love of
He said he was gearing up to swim
Cook Strait next month and had a
training regime that involved swimming
30km-50km a week in the pool.
In 2013 Evans became the seventh
person to swim Foveaux Strait between
Bluff and Stewart Island.
The 34km swim, completed during
an event held to commemorate John
van Leeuwen’s first crossing in 1963,
took him nine hours and 20 minutes
to complete. Conditions were tough,
including a rip that forced him to “ battle
through concrete” for the first three
He said pushing himself physically
helped relieve stress.
“ When the body’s hurting, and
things are going awry, you find out a
bit about yourself — your personality,
determination and resilience,”
explained. “ The job I’ve got is quite a
cerebral one and it ’s great to be able to
relieve some stress through a physical
Evans first joined SBS as an insurance
clerk in 1984 after leaving high school.
He worked at the bank by day, while
studying towards his commerce degree
extramurally in the evenings.
He moved through a range of roles in
his first, nine-year stint with SBS, ending
up as assistant accountant, where he
designed the banking system the lender
still uses today.
He then took up a business analyst role
with the local health board, before going
back into finance as ANZ’s Southland
district manager. Evans ended up as
head of marketing, a role he left in 1998
to become chief executive of GE Money.
His path back to SBS was provided by
Finance Now, a joint venture with the
bank he co-founded in 2000. He was
Finance Now ’s chief executive before
being appointed to the helm of SBS in
2014, where he replaced long-ser ving
former chief executive Ross Smith.
He said of his family: “If you think
about life’s achievements, something
I’m immensely proud of is my boys —
they ’re resilient, self-reliant, intelligent
and articulate people who engage with
people quite readily. I think I’ve done my
job.” — NZME-New Zealand Herald
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