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Gore fire suspicious
A fire that gutted a property
in Gore early yesterday is being
treated as suspicious by the police.
Emergency ser vices were called to
Charlton Road about 6.30am after
a hedge and a garage were seen
ablaze. The flames later spread to a
vacant house. Yesterday afternoon,
police said they were investigating
the suspicious circumstances of the
blaze. — NZ ME
Man drowns in river
A man drowned while swimming
in the Waikato River in Hamilton.
He went into the water at Malcolm
Street in Riverlea late on Saturday,
and was apparently trying to swim
across and back again. Other people
in the river said they lost sight of
the man for a while, and when he
was spotted he was unresponsive.
Paramedics were unable to revive the
man, who is thought to have been in
his 40s. — NZME
Three hurt in collision
Three people were injured in the
two-car crash in Mount Wellington,
Auckland, a St John spokeswoman
said. One person had moderate
injuries, and two were in a minor
condition, she said. The Fire Ser vice
was called to the scene shortly after
11am, but no one was trapped.
Christchurch bar burgled
Police have released security
footage to try to identify a masked
man who burgled a Christchurch
bar on Saturday morning. The man,
wearing a balaclava and distinctive
tartan bandanna, entered the rear of
the Sideline Sports Bar on Stanmore
Road at 8.20am. A staff member was
in the bar, but was not hurt, police
said. The man made off with an
undisclosed amount of cash.
$7m Lotto win
A lucky Timaru Lotto player won
$7 million in Saturday night’s draw.
The winning ticket was made up
of $6 million from Powerball first
division and $1 million from Lotto
first division. Strike Four was also
hit, with a player from Huntly taking
home $341,664. Successful Lotto
numbers were 3, 8, 21, 30, 31, 37;
bonus 24. Strike numbers were 3, 8,
37, 31. Powerball number 8.
Numbers in Keno draw No 12140:
46, 55, 58, 65, 67, 71, 77, 79. Draw No
12141: 2, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 27, 30,
32, 41, 42, 45, 50, 52, 58, 65, 68, 73, 75.
Draw No 12142: 1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 17, 18,
25, 27, 34, 41, 42, 49, 50, 58, 62, 64, 66,
67, 80. Draw No 12143: 1, 3, 10, 11,
13, 15, 22, 28, 29, 38, 47, 48, 49, 57, 59,
62, 64, 71, 72, 80. Draw No 12144: 3,
10, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 40, 45,
52, 57, 58, 62, 64, 65, 71, 76. Draw No
12145: 1, 4, 8, 13, 20, 27, 36, 39, 45,
46, 51, 53, 61, 65, 67, 70, 71, 76, 79, 80.
Draw No 12146: 1, 2, 5, 8, 11, 27, 28,
30, 32, 37, 39, 53, 55, 57, 61, 62, 65, 70,
75, 79. Draw No 12147: 5, 7, 13, 14,
17, 21, 25, 35, 43, 45, 47, 60, 61, 62, 63,
66, 68, 71, 79, 80.
A body has been pulled from a lake on
Auckland’s North Shore.
Police northern communications shift
commander Inspector Chris Money
said the death was not being treated as
The body was recovered from Lake
Pupuke in Takapuna last night. Mr
Money said tests were being carried out
to gather further information.
It was not yet known if police had
established the person’s identity. — NZ N
A fire which ripped through a property
in Canterbury could have had more
tragic consequences had those inside
not woken up to the sound of windows
Emergency ser vices were called to
Heathstock Road, in Hawarden, early
It is understood the property is the
Hawarden Homestead, which has been
A spokeswoman for the southern fire
communications centre said it received
calls to the blaze, which happened just
The fire’s ferocity reached a second
alarm category and crews from Waikari
and Hawarden were called to the scene.
Several people staying there have told
of their lucky escape.
Sam McDonald, 27, told The Press he
had woken up to the sound of windows
smashing and realised there was a fire.
“I opened the bedroom door and the
room just got engulfed in smoke and
heat. I ended up throwing a chest of
drawers through the window to get us
Mr McDonald and his partner, Katrina
Davison, jumped out of the broken
window and suffered some injuries as a
He told the newspaper as soon as they
made it out safely, they began running
around the property yelling out to other
guests who were inside.
All managed to escape. — NZ ME
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Sinking feeling as cars get stuck in surf
Mahmoud Helal, left, Ali Ibrahim and Hassan Almulla ponder how to recover their vehicles.
Three D unedin residents could
only watch as their stranded
cars were swamped by waves at
Tomahawk Beach yesterday.
The cars had been there since
about 9pm on Saturday, when
one of the cars became stuck in
the sand and two cars which were
sent to help almost became stuck.
The cars were removed by
members of the public yesterday
afternoon, but their owners were
disappointed the people who
came to their aid demanded they
pay them $600 for their ser vices.
Ali Ibrahim, the owner of the
car which first became stuck, said
he and his friends went to the
beach to socialise and cook food.
When he tried to leave, he
realised the vehicle was wedged in
the sand and called for help.
But both vehicles which came to
assist also succumbed to the sand.
“I called the AA and they said
they could not do anything until
tomorrow,” Mr Ibrahim said.
Mr Ibrahim then called police,
who gave the men a ride back to
The situation had not become
any better when the men returned
yesterday, as the cars were lashed
by strong waves and one was
An Otago Regional Council
spokesman assessed the situation
yesterday morning and said he
could not see how the vehicles
could be removed.
The council did not return
to the scene after that, one of
the men’s friends, Mohammad
Alhazmi, of Saudi Arabia, said.
The council could not be
reached for comment.
“Some local people came and
helped us and used wires to get
one of the cars out,” Mr Alhazmi
The other cars were removed
by the same people later, but
Mr Alhazmi said they were
disappointed when the members
of the public began demanding
they pay $600 for removing the
cars from the beach.
When his friends said that
was too much, the members of
the public threatened to go to
the police, but in the end they
accepted an offer $350, Mr
He felt the people should have
helped without demanding
financial reward. The AA could
not be reached for comment.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Cars are swamped by waves after becoming stuck on Tomahawk Beach.
Palmerston volunteer firefighters
became Hogan’s heroes when they
rescued a fluffy and (usually) white
Samoyed dog, from a culvert pipe
where it was trapped, at the weekend.
The nine-year-old pedigree dog,
named Hogan, dashed into the concrete
culvert, which runs under McKenzie
Street, Palmerston, on Saturday while
apparently chasing a cat.
An early morning walk about
5.30am with one of its owners, Don
Cameron, ended badly near their
home when the dog became stuck in
Hogan was about 8m from the pipe
entry, and could not back out.
After Hogan became trapped, in
the pipe, which is about 50cm wide,
Mr Cameron’s wife, Denise, feared it
would not escape. She had worried
that, because their pet was an insulin-
dependent diabetic, Hogan could have
lapsed into a coma.
It had been due to receive the
latest of its usual twice-daily insulin
injections at 6.30am.
After Hogan dashed into the pipe,
Mr Cameron, 75, shone a torch down
it, and could see their pet but could
not reach him.
Alerted shortly after 6am, firefighters
quickly put their local knowledge to
One firefighter, who lived nearby,
knew the ground had subsided further
along the pipe, beyond the opposite
side of the street, allowing relatively
easy access to part of the pipe.
By good luck, Hogan was located
c lose to that hole in the ground, where
there was also a gap in the pipe.
The dog was coaxed for ward towards
this, until its nose was sticking out.
Mr Cameron held on to Hogan’s
collar and talked to it, to resassure
him, while firefighters used a spade to
move away loose soil.
A crowbar widened the concrete gap,
and wire cutters cut through the steel
After about 40 minutes of sustained
work, firefighters were able to lift
Hogan clear from the hole about
6.45am, and it emerged unhurt, but
much dirtier than its usual pristine
white. — Otago Daily Times
Dog rescued from culver t
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Palmerston resident Denise Cameron is reunited with her Samoyed dog,
The twin boy who died in a farm
driveway near Tokoroa was killed trying
to escape a rolling car after he let the
handbrake off, it has been reported.
The three-year-old boy was hit at about
9.30am yesterday on the private driveway
leading to his family’s Jack Henry Road,
Kinleith, farm and died soon after wards,
despite the efforts of family, neighbours
and emergency ser vice staff to save him.
The boy released the car’s handbrake
causing it to roll down the driveway,
sergeant Terry Garnett, of Tokoroa
police, told Stuff.
“ From the preliminary reconstruction
and mapping it appears the deceased has
let the handbrake off,” he said.
“The person in the driver’s seat is the
one who has been killed.
“ We may never know as we can’t talk
to the kids but the reconstruction is in
that direction, and the twin brother is
not part of the accident.”
It appeared the boy was struck while
attempting to get out of the driver’s seat,
Mr Garnett said.
“ It has gone down the driveway from
its own weight and propulsion and it
appears the child has tried to get out of
The boy’s mother was on the property
at the time and the boy ’s father was at a
neighbouring property. — N Z ME
Driveway death boy
let handbrake off car
Tropical Cyclone Ula may strike
New Zealand this week, possibly
bringing heavy rain to the top of
the North Island.
The category 3 storm is between
Fiji and New Caledonia, but may
come within reach of New Zealand
as early as tomorrow, weather
The slow moving storm is tracking
west-southwest, Metser vice said,
and the remnants of the cyclone
may move to within the north-
east of the North Island tomorrow,
bringing with it bands of heavy rain
It is unlikely Cyclone Ula would
bring warning levels of rain with it
to New Zealand, both Metser vice
and Weather Watch said, as it will
gradually weaken as it leaves the
tropics and moves south.
There is “a fairly good chance of
some rain”, but it ’s unlikely to be
severe, Weather Watch said.
Metser vice also said there was
a “ low confidence” it would bring
warning amounts of rain.
Campers were advised to hold
out hope — as there was a chance
the storm would sweep past the
“The computer models are
showing the centre of the storm
weakening and pulling away to
the south east, offshore to New
Zealand’s east coast,” Weather
“ But, as with any cyclone in our
neighbourhood, there’s always the
chance it may ‘wobble’ a little in
its path, and that could mean some
chance it moves a little closer to
It could be good news for surfers,
as Weather Watch said that even
if the storm remained offshore
there would be a chance of large
“ But deep offshore lows can bring
in dangerous rips and currents, even
if the weather is sunny on the beach,
something particularly important
to note with so many families on
It said the chance of a “direct hit”
from Cyclone Ula was low, based
on its latest weather modelling,
adding: “Generally speaking, it’s
not looking too concerning. ”
But even if Cyclone Ula skips
past relatively unnoticed, the North
Island is in for rain in the coming
Tomorrow showed the chance
of rain across northern parts, but
a large high would roll back in
bringing mainly dry, settled weather
across the country, Weather Watch
MetSer vice warned a front is
expected to move northeast over
the south of the South Island late
on Tuesday and during Wednesday
morning, with the possibility
of warning amounts of rain in
Fiordland. — NZ ME
Cyclone may reach Northland
An appeal is being made for sightings
of a yellow Mazda Demio hatchback in
the area where Auckland mother-of-two
Joanne Pert was found dead.
Police asked anyone who saw this
vehicle anywhere between Wednesday,
January 6, and midday Thursday, January
7, to contact the dedicated hotline.
Lead investigator Detective Inspector
Kevin Hooper said the man who handed
himself into police at Auckland Central
Station was driving the yellow hatchback.
Police said the public response so far
had been heartening, with dozens of calls
and messages made.
Among these was a confirmed sighting
of Joanne Pert at 9am on Thursday in
the Viaduct area. Mr Hooper said it
seems she would have run from there
to Remuera, where she was later found
by residents of a Shore Road property at
10.45am on Thursday.
But police still needed more
information on her whereabouts earlier
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Warning after surfer’s rescue
A surfer who carried out a dramatic
rescue at St Clair Beach yesterday
afternoon says someone will be killed
unless the Dunedin City Council acts
to make beach access safer.
Dunedin surfer Jeff Patton is being
hailed as a hero after he threw a rope
to an inexperienced surfer being
violently bashed against rocks and the
wall at Saint Clair esplanade around
high tide yesterday.
Mr Patton said the surfer he
rescued, believed to be from Germany,
was only in the water for about five
minutes before it became clear he
Having already gone to his car
to get a rope with the expectation
something would go wrong, he made
his way partway down the stairs to
the beach and threw out a rope to the
The man, with the help of another
rescuer, was pulled from the surf
and “very lucky’’ to have escaped
“It would have only taken one wave
and he could have been dead, so he
was really lucky. ’’ He did not believe
his actions made him a hero, saying
“someone had to do something’’.
The rescue was one of about 12 he
had carried out at the beach in the
past year and Mr Patton believed
someone would likely die if nothing
was done to make the beach safer.
“I can’t keep saving people, I’m not
going to be there all the time.’’ The
esplanade wall caused the sand to be
swept away, making it very dangerous.
He believed the council should use
sand to create an artificial bar to stop
waves crashing against the wall.
He said the dangers of the beach
were highlighted again last night
when he saw an experienced surfer,
who came over from Australia for
the national championships at Street
Clair this week, swimming to get his
board after his cord broke.
The man only turned back and
abandoned his board when Mr Patton
shouted at him that it was unsafe,
other wise he could have been in
Scott James, who filmed yesterday ’s
rescue, said the man rescued was
a “complete novice’’ who had only
begun surfing two weeks ago.
The man was warned before entering
the water it was too dangerous.
He filmed the rescue so he could
show the council and others just how
bad it had got at the beach.
“The council need to spend some
money on righting their wrong.’’ There
was “no easy fix’’ and the esplanade
needed to be completely redesigned.
Witness Barbara Newton said Mr
Patton was “definitely a hero’’ for
putting himself at risk to save the
The rescued surfer looked like he
had “no idea’’ what he was doing and
got “smashed’’ a few times and stuck
between rocks and the wall.
She was very surprised he escaped
pretty much unscathed.
“ When I saw one wave smash him
underneath the stairs I thought he
was going to come up with limbs at
St Clair Action Group co-chairman
Dr Richard Egan said the rescue
highlighted concerns about a lack of
safe access to the beach from mid to
It believed the council could develop
access next to the Saint Clair Hot
Salt Water Pool, where a ramp could
potentially be created.
Experienced surfers got in and out
of the water at this spot.
St Clair Surf Life Saving Club
chairman James Coombes believed
the stairs to the water should be
removed and signs explaining the
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said
yesterday ’s incident underscored the
dangers of the area, but the council’s
approach to managing erosion was
“appropriate’’ and would not change
in the short term.
“ We are not going to hastily rush
in and spend millions of dollars to
recreate a beach unless we know it’s
going to have the effect we need,’’ he
“ We know it’s dangerous and people
need to be really, really careful. ’’ Chief
executive Dr Sue Bidrose said the
incident was an “awful thing’’ and
would prompt further discussion
within the council about safety
“ We will definitely have a look at it
. . . s afety is pretty important.’’
— Otago Daily Times
Police are advising people to be on their
guard after a fresh spate of investment
and romance scams have proved costly
for unsuspecting victims duped out of
large amounts of money.
A number of serious fraud complaints
have sparked police investigations after
New Zealanders transferred money into
offshore accounts in sophisticated scams.
The latest to cause alarm include an
investment scam where people are cold-
called from Hong Kong or China and
offered shares in well-known companies
offering large returns.
There is also a romance scam where
victims meet a person through an online
dating site and unknowingly transfer
stolen funds into offshore bank accounts.
On each occasion the offenders are
from overseas countries and once they
receive the first payment they continue
to pressure victims to transfer larger
sums of money at short notice.
Both scams are lasting for months.
Constable Ross Barnett of Wellington
CIB said people should be extremely
cautious about buying shares overseas
or transferring money on other people’s
behalf and giving money to anyone they
have not met in person.
The best thing people could do was
hang up or seek expert advice before any
money changed hands.
Other scams include winning an
overseas lottery but needing to pay
money to receive the prize, people
impersonating legitimate businesses
but siphoning the money to a different
bank account and pretending to be a
law enforcement agency and demanding
money for illegal material that has been
downloaded on to the victim’s computer.
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
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