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House fire thought
to be suspicious
Authorities are investigating a
house fire in Hamilton overnight.
Emergency ser vices were called to
Nixon Street about midnight, where
they found a two-storey house well-
involved. There were people home
at the time, but no one was injured.
A northern fire communications
spokesman said this morning a fire
investigator would be at the scene
today. The circumstances of the blaze
appeared to be suspicious, he said.
Four appliances responded to the
fire, which was put out reasonably
quickly. — NZ ME
The name of the man who was
swept out to sea at Lake Ferry
in Wairarapa on Monday has
been released. He is 34-year-old
Bennie Palay Hombrebueno of the
Philippines. Police recovered the
body of the fisherman near the river
mouth about 11pm on Monday. The
man, believed to be a father of four,
was fishing near the mouth of Lake
Onoke when he was swept out to sea
about 2.30pm. — NZ ME
One injured in crash
A person has been injured in a car
crash in Manurewa, South Auckland,
this morning. Emergency ser vices
attended the crash at Mill Road, near
Totara Park, where a car rolled. The
accident happened just after 10am.
St John said one person received
moderate injuries and was taken to
Middlemore Hospital for treatment.
Whale Watch back
Seven weeks on from the magnitude
7.8 earthquake that struck the
country in November, Whale Watch
Kaikoura has finally been able to
send out a tour boat. It ’s the first
tour for Kaikoura’s largest tourism
operator since the earthquake hit,
and marketing manager Lisa Bond
said everyone understood how
“momentous’’ the occasion was.
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Police in Gisborne are hunting a
man who attacked a woman as she
slept at a campground early on New
The attack was sexually motivated,
The incident happened at the A
and P Showgrounds Campground
on Main Road about 12.20am.
Police said the 24-year-old victim
was sleeping in her tent when an
unknown man entered.
“He attacked the woman and she
has fought back and screamed,’’
“Other campers have heard the
disturbance and come to the woman’s
assistance. The man was chased off by
Police said the offender made off
in a light-coloured SUV which was
seen entering the premises around
midnight. There were at least two
people in the vehicle at the time.
Authorities said other campers
reported items stolen and police
believe the thefts are connected with
The offender is described as being
of slim or athletic build and is aged
in his early 20s.
“The victim reported biting his
hand and arm — it is possible he has
visible bite marks.’’
Police described the assault as very
serious and had been a traumatic
experience for the young woman.
“The victim has received medical
attention and given detailed
information in regards to the
“She is being supported by friends
and family, Victim Support and
Police. The victim is not from
Gisborne and has since returned
Anyone who may have seen the
vehicle or has any information —
no matter how small — that may be
helpful to authorities investigating
the incident is being urged to contact
— N Z M E-New Zealand Herald
Woman attacked at Gisborne campground
A tsunami threat to Fiji has been
cancelled, the Pacific Tsunami
Warning Centre said today, shortly
after a powerful earthquake struck
off the South Pacific island nation,
prompting many panicked coastal
residents to evacuate to higher
The quake, which hit at 10.52am,
was centred 280km south-west of
Fiji’s capital, Suva, at a shallow depth
of about 15km, the US Geological
Sur vey said. It was originally
recorded with a magnitude of 7.2
but was later downgraded to 6.9 .
There were no initial reports of
widespread casualties or damage.
Fiji’s national disaster office issued
a nationwide tsunami warning after
the powerful under water quake,
leading to widespread evacuations
and traffic jams.
“The earthquake caused a fair bit
of panic, there are cars lined up
trying to get to higher ground,”
Jovesa Saladoka, the Fiji director
of Oxfam, said by phone from
Corrine Ambler, a Red Cross
worker in Suva, said on Twitter
all Red Cross staff and most of
the capital was “headed to higher
At least two aftershocks with
magnitudes of more than 5 rattled
Fiji soon after the quake.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning
Centre cancelled the tsunami threat
to Fiji just over an hour after the
There was no threat to nearby
Pacific island nations Vanuatu and
New Caledonia, authorities said.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade said 185 New Zealanders
were registered on the SafeTravel
website as being in Fiji.
A message has been sent to all
those New Zealanders and on to
the Safe Travel Facebook page.
“ MFAT is aware of the 7.0
magnitude earthquake in Fiji and
tsunami warning this morning.
“ New Zealanders in the affected
area should follow the advice of
the local authorities, including any
tsunami evacuation instructions
and keep family in New Zealand
informed of their well-being.’
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Neighbours of a Hamilton
house on fire woke the sleeping
family in time to escape with their
There were no smoke alarms
in the two-storey Nixon Street
house when the blaze took hold
The upper level — which was
on fire — was empty after its
previous tenant had been evicted,
The top level has been left
gutted while a window remains
smashed in the lower level unit
with other debris scattered around
A neighbour said the fire was
so intense that she thought the
house directly beside the blazing
building was on fire.
“The flames were billowing out
of the house,’’ she said.
The noise of smashing windows,
yelling and arrival of emergency
ser vices all alerted surrounding
residents to the blaze.
The neighbours who woke the
mother, father and child sleeping
in the unit — which is down a
long driveway — were still too
upset to talk but said it was scary
and a very intense fire.
Many other residents walked
past or stepped out to get a
daytime view of the damage this
morning, with some saying they
could see the flames from their
Two fire safety officers and
Hamilton CIB detectives arrived
at the scene this morning, which
was protected by a scene guard
Four appliances responded
to the fire, which was put out
reasonably quickly, a northern
fire communications spokesman
None of the occupants of the
house were injured.
It is the second fire at the
property after a garage was
destroyed about a year ago, a
— N ZM E-Bay of Plenty Times
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
The Nixon Street, Hamilton, house after the fire.
Neighbours wake sleeping residents to escape fire
Sir Peter Leitch says a woman
“misinterpreted some light-hearted
banter’’ after she claimed he made
Auckland woman Lara Bridger
posted a video on social media
claiming Sir Peter — the Mad
Butcher — told her Waiheke Island
was a “white man’s island ’’.
She last night took down the
video, saying “people were going a
bit overboard with threats and racist
comments’’ at Sir Peter in response
to her post.
The 23-year-old Maori woman said
she was wine tasting with her mother
and sister at Stonyridge Vineyard
when they spotted Sir Peter eating
lunch with his family.
The group waved to him before
heading outside, she said.
She says Sir Peter came out and
approached them and began making
Bridger said Sir Peter had warned
the group not to drink and drive
before going on to say they must not
‘I go ‘Yeah, I’m actually born here’.
That’s when he said ‘Well this is a
white man’s island and you should
acknowledge that ’,’’ she said.
Sir Peter, in a press statement, said
he was “extremely disappointed that
a young woman on Waiheke Island
had misinterpreted some light-
hearted banter he had with her’’.
“I was joking with her group about
not drinking too much because there
were lots of police on the island. She
said that she was Tangata Whenua
and could do what she liked, and I
responded with a joke about it being
a white man’s island also.
“This was not a serious comment
and was only ever intended to be
“ When she later informed me
she was offended by my comment I
apologised unreser vedly. There is no
way I can ever be accused of being
“The irony is that I was with my
own granddaughter, who is herself of
Leitch’s Facebook page was flooded
with angry posts from members of
the public after Bridger posted the
Wharepapa, earlier said she had got
up and went inside to speak to him
after “a good five minutes’’ of mulling
over what he had said.
“I just said to him ‘I really think
what you’ve just said to my daughter
is unacceptable. I’m quite offended
that you could talk to my daughters
like that ’.’’
Bridger was upset and tearful over
the incident, saying it was the first
time she had experienced anything
She said he did not offer an apology
or try to explain why he made the
The group said the manager
approached them after the incident
and offered them a free wine tasting
tour as compensation.
Numerous comments have now
been posted onto Sir Peter’s Facebook
page. Some are asking for his version
of events. Others are telling him he
should be ashamed.
In the post explaining she had
deleted the video, she said her “point
— N Z M E-New Zealand Herald
Sir Peter Leitch says comments ‘misinterpreted’
Sir Peter Leitch
A woman jailed after she hijacked an
Air New Zealand flight is warning she
will do it again when she is released.
Asha Ali Abdille, a refugee from
Somalia, was sentenced to nine years in
jail after trying to hijack a flight from
Blenheim to Christchurch in February,
The then 33-year-old stabbed both
pilots and a female passenger suffered
minor wounds as she tried to restrain
Abdille — whose sentence is due to
end in February — is still classified as
a high risk and has reportedly warned
that given the chance, she will attempt
to hijack an aircraft again.
Radio NZ obtained a written summary
of a Parole Board hearing for Abdille, in
which is reads that she has “said that she
will attempt to hijack another plane and
has threatened to set herself on fire.’’
The report also said that hospital staff
held “ongoing concerns about potential
risky behaviour in the community on
Abdille is due to be transferred into the
mental health system on a compulsory
treatment order after her sentence ends,
Radio NZ said.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Asha Ali Abdille
says she will
do it again
The physical search for missing
yachtie Alan Langdon and six-year-old
daughter Que has been called off by
police who say they can not discount
the possibility he has fled to Australia.
Experienced seaman Langdon, 49,
and his daughter left Waikato’s Kawhia
Harbour bound for the Bay of Islands
on December 17 and have not been
seen or heard from since.
Border alerts are in place and Interpol
has been working with New Zealand
police, while last week the Herald
reported a top child recovery specialist
enlisted to find them said he thought
they had set sail for Australia.
Yesterday, sergeant Vincent Ranger
of Waikato Police said that the search
which has scoped the entire west
coast from Wellington to Cape Reinga,
and down the east coast to the Bay of
Islands — has been called off.
“ We have searched all the areas we
can physically search with the resources
available,’’ he said.
“ We’re still appealing to members
of the public for any information or
“That they may be headed overseas is
just one of many possible scenarios, and
we’re keeping an open mind.
“Our job is made more difficult by the
fact that Mr Langdon didn’t lodge an
official trip report. As such, at this stage
our focus has been on searching New
Ranger said police “can not discount
anything at this point ’’.
It is possible that Langdon is headed
for Australia, but to do so would seem
“foolhardy’’, Ranger said.
Police say it remains a missing persons
“There’s nothing to suggest anything
near criminal,’’ Ranger added.
“Our interest and focus is on locating
Mr Langdon and his daughter to ensure
The massive search operation has
included an RNZAF P3 Orion, Philips
Search and Rescue Trust ’s fixed wing
aircraft and helicopter, Northland
Coastguard air patrol, Coastguard
boats from Houhora and Hokianga,
and commercial aircraft which have
searched the southern coast of the
Ranger said police on the ground are
involved in following up various lines of
inquiry. Langdon’s bank accounts and
phone records have also been checked.
“Police continue to call for any
sightings of the boat or Mr Langdon
and his daughter,’’ he said.
“ We have been searching and making
inquiries regarding the most obvious
possible scenarios, but without having
more information as to where they may
have been headed, we’re calling on the
public to help us.’’
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Search for missing dad
and daughter called off
Passengers on a United Airlines flight
from Sydney to San Francisco have
revealed the extent of bad behaviour
of a man that led to the flight being
diverted to New Zealand.
Flight UA870 was diverted to
Auckland Airport on New Year’s Day.
A 42-year-old man was arrested on
arrival and referred to immigration
officials, police said.
Immigration New Zealand said an
American national was refused entry to
New Zealand as he did not meet entry
and border requirements.
He is in police custody while
arrangements are made for him to
board a flight to the United States.
The remaining 252 passengers were
put up in hotels overnight and got a
flight the next day.
Passengers have told media the
man was angry at having to sit in a
seat between two people of Indian or
Pakistani descent who talked over him.
He was abusive to crew for a prolonged
period, his language was profane and at
one point he spent 20 minutes in the
Passenger Neil Kay posted on
Facebook that the passenger was a
“misogynistic, homophobic bigot ” who
verbally harassed “kind passengers” and
physically threatened the wonderful
United Airlines’ flight crew.
He said the flight was re-routed to
Auckland to “have the racist arrested ”.
Another passenger said airline staff
told him and four other men on the
flight about hold-down tactics in
case the troublesome passenger got
overheard the pilot being denied
permission to land in Fiji or American
Samoa which meant the flight
backtracked two-and-a -half hours to
unscheduled stop in New Zealand. Mr
Kay posted a picture of some of them at
a bar at a hotel.
The airline has said the unscheduled
stop cost about $150,000. — A AP
Unruly passenger released
after NZ stopover
A New Zealand man has reportedly
been arrested in Sydney after a French
tourist ran into a car dealership with stab
wounds seeking help.
Footage captured a man “casually
strolling’’ through a car park, armed
with an axe before the stabbing, Yahoo
Witnesses claimed the 32-year-
victim crossed the busy
Pacific highway and ran into a car
dealership in the suburb of Artarmon
about 10am yesterday, suffering stab
Workers tried to stop the bleeding
before an ambulance arrived.
“ He said ‘I’ve been stabbed, he smashed
my car with a tomahawk or an axe and
he stabbed me’,’’ Jobsz said.
Another witness, Ian Wood, said: “He
was just yelling out all sorts of things, he
was quite erratic.
“ I mean, he’s just got stabbed.’’
The victim was taken to the Royal
North Shore Hospital where he was in
a serious condition.
Police later arrested a 34-year-old New
Zealand man near the incident and he
was charged with wounding with intent
to cause grievous bodily harm and
He was set to appear in the Parramatta
Local Court today.
Detectives were working to establish if
the men worked together, and the cause
of the altercation, Yahoo reported.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A kayaker missing since lunchtime
yesterday off the Far North coastline
has been found alive by a boatie this
A large-scale sea, shore and air search
was launched this morning in the
Doubtless Bay area after the man failed
to return from an ocean paddle.
Coastguard spokeswoman Georgina
Smith said a boatie spotted the missing
kayaker in the sea and plucked him to
He was safe and was being brought
back to a local beach.
A police spokeswoman said other than
being cold and hungry the man was
uninjured despite his ordeal.
He was spotted floating in his kayak
around 9.20am and brought to shore at
nearby Coopers Beach.
Coastguard Northern air patrol and
Whangaroa Rescue launched a search at
first light for the overdue paddler.
Police say the man, in his early 30s, left
from Cable Bay and had not returned.
Smith said the alarm was raised last
night. An extensive search was mounted
this morning involving Coastguard,
police search and rescue, and Far North
The paddler was last seen heading into
the bay yesterday and had not been seen
or heard from since.
A police spokeswoman said police
were told at 8.50pm the man had not
come back from his ocean paddle.
— N ZM E-Northern Advocate
NZ man arrested for
safe at sea
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