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Burglar y spree
Burglars have robbed six homes and
garages on the outskirts of Invercargill
over the past week. Southland district
police say the burglaries in the
Branxholme, Lorneville, Makarewa
and Wallacetown areas appear to
be linked with offenders targeting
properties in which the occupants
were away on holidays. Items stolen
include meat from freezers, power
tools, chainsaws, lawnmowers and
electronic items, police say. — NZ N
Man dies following crash
A man has died in hospital after
a two-truck crash near Palmerston
North. The crash happened on
Rangitikei Line at Newbury, north-
west of the city, yesterday morning.
Police yesterday confirmed the man
had died in hospital overnight. They
are investigating the cause of the
crash. — N ZN
Injured woman winched
A woman had to be winched
from a remote South Island valley
after slipping and falling heavily
on a steep ridge track. The Nelson
Marlborough Rescue Helicopter
was called to the Wangapeka Valley,
at the base of Mount Owen in
Kahurangi National Park, after an
emergency beacon was activated.
The crew found a 31-year-old
Nelson woman who had injured
her leg while descending a steep
ridge track above Granity Creek.
She was unable to walk, and gother
members of the group had activated
the beacon. The helicopter’s on-
board intensive care paramedic was
dropped near the woman, who was
assessed and stabilised before being
winched onto the helicopter with the
paramedic. She was then flown to
Nelson Hospital. — NZ ME
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Bonus number: 1. There are two
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There were no Strike Four winners.
Powerball winning number: 1.
Powerball was not struck.
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35, 52, 58, 62, 63, 67, 68, 69, 73, 74,
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60, 71, 78, 80. Keno Draw No 13586.
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66, 68, 70, 71, 72, 78. Keno Draw No
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The partner of the man missing
on Lake Rotoiti is heading out with
the Police Dive Squad to show them
where the incident happened.
Constable Colin Fraser from Search
and Rescue said the woman would be
going out on the initial search to help
map out the search zone.
“S he will show them where it
happened, then they will bring her
back and the divers will go back out
and start searching.
“ We have all the experts here, this is
what they are trained for, it ’s what they
do for a job. There’s no one better in
the country that could do it.’’
Mr Fraser said the man heading out
to the hot pools when he lost his hat.
‘’They went back to retrieve it and he
got in the water to grab it and we don’t
know what ’s happened in there.’’
Mr Fraser said locals in the area had
opened up their homes to the family
and looked after them.
The search for the 48-year-old man
was officially changed to a recovery
operation last night after police, the
Coastguard and a rescue helicopter
failed to find the boatie.
There will be a shoreline search
and also a search of the water, with
Coastguard assisting the dive
Local inspector Ed Van Den Broek
said late last night that the man had
been with members of his family
when the incident happened yesterday
He had jumped off the boat and did
The alarm was raised about 2.10pm.
Van Den Broek said the man’s family
were being supported by relatives,
police and Victim Support. Local
residents had also helped the man’s
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Bad weather and the risk of rockfalls
has forced the closure of State
highway 1 south of Kaikoura.
The road, which was badly damaged
in November’s magnitude 7.8
earthquake, has been closed between
Peketa and Goose Bay.
It was expected to be closed until
Motorists travelling to Kaikoura
in the meantime have been advised
to use Inland Route 70 between
Culverden and Kaikoura.
The closure comes during the busy
summer tourism season as the region
works to rebuild after the quakes.
It was only yesterday, seven weeks
after the big quake hit, that Whale
Watch Kaikoura was finally able to
send out a tour boat.
The business is Kaikoura’s largest
tourism operator, and marketing
manager Lisa Bond said everyone
understood how ``momentous’’ the
Meanwhile, traffic remains limited
to one lane at the scene of a crash on
State highway 6 between Lumsden
and Dipton while palm kernel is
removed from the road.
A trailer containing the product
overturned about 11.15am, spilling
its contents, while being towed by a
Police said the driver was not hurt
in the incident, which happened near
the intersection with Caroline Valley
Road users were advised to expect
— N ZM E-Otago Daily Times
Threat of rockfalls forces road closure near Kaikoura
Race Relations Commissioner Dame
Susan Devoy says Sir Peter Leitch
needs to fix up the row between him
and Waiheke Island ’s Lara Wharepapa
Bridger over his “white man’s island ”
The commissioner has waded into
the matter between Ms Bridger and
the 72-year-old Sir Peter, which was
sparked by a conversation they had at
an island winery.
Sir Peter has since apologised for his
comment where he warned the 23-year-
old Waiheke was a “white man’s island”.
Today, Dame Susan released a
statement thanking Ms Bridger and
saying New Zealanders should be
grateful to her for speaking up about
“She is a very brave young woman
whose story is one that many Maori
New Zealanders will recognise.
“Many of us have said or done things
that are hurtful to others without
really realising what we were saying is
“The important thing is being able
to recognise when we’ve offended
someone, to work to resolve it with
mana and to make sure we never do it
again,” Dame Susan said.
“I know Sir Peter and while I believe
he’s a very good person at heart: that
thing he did was offensive to Lara and
it needs to be fixed up. I am confident
he will do this.
“It is pretty clear he had no idea how
offensive his words were but he will
definitely know this now.”
Sir Peter, better known as the “Mad
Butcher” for the chain of butcher shops
he used to own and his support of
the Warriors league team, said it was
light- hearted banter about drink-drive
policing that was misinterpreted.
However, his spokeswoman, former
National Party president Michelle Boag,
yestersday told Maori Television Ms
Bridger was seeking fame and she was
not targeted for being Maori as she was
“ barely coffee-coloured”.
Ms Boag later told media the coffee-
coloured comment was taken out of
She also said a meeting between the
pair — which Ms Bridger has suggested
— w ould not happen.
“S he’s been very public, Peter’s made
one comment to put the facts on
the record and he’s been, apart from
that, very private and I think he feels
something like that will turn into a
media circus,” she told Newshub.
Dame Susan said Ms Boag’s
comments about skin colour were out
“This is quite an ignorant thing to say,
someone’s skin colour has nothing to
do with anyone else except that person.
Your colour doesn’t define your ethnicity
or your culture. ”
Devoy says Leitch
needs to fix race row
Dame Susan Devoy
An Australian senator is calling for
sanctions on New Zealand because
of its actions in the United Nations
Queensland’s Malcolm Roberts,
a former coalminer who denies the
science behind climate change, has
suggested Australia should “review
immigration relaxations” for New
Zealanders entering the country.
“At the very least we should look
at further cutting benefits for New
Zealanders living in Australia,” he
said in a statement on Wednesday.
He was angered by New Zealand
co-sponsoring a UN Security Council
Resolution last month, which said
Israel’s continuing establishment of
settlements in Palestinian territory
constituted a flagrant violation under
international law and a major obstacle
to the achievement of the two-state
Israel recalled its New Zealand
ambassador in response.
Israel was a close ally and the only
Middle Eastern democracy where
Christians, Muslims, atheists and
Jews could all be elected to the same
parliament, Senator Roberts said.
“ Perhaps a tougher immigration
policy aimed towards New Zealand
would stop Kiwis from establishing
settlements in Australia,” Senator
It has since emerged Australia
would not have done the same thing
if it had been on the council.
Senator Roberts said his government
could have applied pressure on New
Zealand and “the new Bill English
government would have thought
twice before stabbing our ally in the
The anti-Islam One Nation, which
holds four of 76 seats in the Australian
senate, has said Australia should never
again support New Zealand gaining
anything like a Security Council seat.
“This is why New Zealanders can’t
have nice things,” Senator Roberts
said. — NZN
Australian senator unleashes on NZ over Israel resolution
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Divers prepare to search for the missing man.
Police dive squad search for missing boatie
Trampers are being warned to
avoid a popular walking track in
the South Island after 34 people
have fallen ill with a gastro bug
The walkers all suffered vomiting
and diarrhoea after tramping and
staying in huts along the Nelson
Lakes National Park’s Travers-
Department of Conser vation
says it is possible the gastro bug
had also spread to huts in the
nearby D’Urville and Matakitaki
“ We are working closely with
the Nelson District Health Board
health protection officer, who
believes it is highly likely to be
norovirus,” he said.
“ While it is not practical to close
the circuit, we are now advising
people to stay away from the area
for at least a week to try and limit
Cleaners will disinfect the park’s
huts on Thursday and trampers
are advised to instead camp in
tents and bury their toilet waste at
least 10m from tracks and
“Thankfully, we have had no
reports of serious illness beyond
vomiting and diarrhoea but it is a
nasty bug,”Mr Wotherspoon said.
Eight people died from preventable
drownings during the holiday period,
according to Water Safety New Zealand.
The drownings all occurred in the
North Island with five of them male
and three female, while four of the eight
people were aged over 55.
“Compared to ten for the same period
last year, it ’s a slight improvement,”
“ However, one preventable drowning
is one too many and a tragedy.
“A number of these drownings were of
people who got into trouble when they
were by themselves.
“ It shows how crucial it is to have
someone with you who can either help
or call for help if needed.”
Surf Life Saving New Zealand says
none of the preventable drownings
occurred in areas patrolled by lifeguards.
About 4500 lifeguards continue to
patrol over 80 locations across New
Zealand this summer.
Eight die from preventable drowning during holiday period
A 48-year-old man has been charged
with manslaughter over the death
of a homeless man whose body
was found in the Waikato River in
Tama Retimana, 29, was last seen on
He was camping with his partner near
Pine Beach, on the eastern side of the
river, before his body was discovered
downstream by a kayaker two days later.
The 48-year-old accused will appear
in the Hamilton District Court today.
Man charged over death of homeless man
Trampers unwell on popular South Island trail
Prime Minister Bill English
will make his first overseas trip
as the country’s leader next week,
heading to Europe to talk up trade
Mr English leaves on Monday
for nearly nine days in Brussels,
London and Berlin.
He will meet with three
Prime Minister Theresa May,
London Mayor Sadiq Khan,
Belgian Prime Minister Charles
Michel and German Chancellor
“This is an opportunity to
exchange views on a range of issues
facing Europe and the world, and
to reaffirm that New Zealand
remains a committed friend and
partner,” Mr English said in a
“The focus of my trip will be to
advance New Zealand business
and trade opportunities in the
region, including starting the
negotiations on an FTA with the
European Union this year.”
He was also interested in the
British prime minister’s views on
Brexit and would reaffirm New
Zealand ’s commitment to working
towards a high-quality trade deal
when the UK was in a position to
negotiate, he said.
Trade Minister Todd McClay
will accompany Mr English in
Brussels and Foreign Minister
Murray McCully will attend in
London and Berlin.
Bill English heads to Europe
An avid game fisherman,
originally from New Zealand,
has sur vived six hours at sea after
falling overboard while hooking
marlin off Western Australia.
Ross Chapman saw several boats
pass him as he languished in the
water around 50km off North
West Cape, near Exmouth, on
Friend Jeni Gates said Mr
Chapman told her he tried to
remain calm because “there are a
lot of sharks in that area”.
“ He saw his own boat plus three
or four other boats pass him but
they didn’t see him,” she said
After snagging and releasing a
250kg blue marlin, Mr Chapman
knocked his Go Pro camera from
the side of his boat into the water.
“ He lent over to get that and fell
in,” Ms Gates said.
“The boat was in gear so it
basically kept going without him.”
It was initially believed the
marlin had dragged the fisherman
Ms Gates said Mr Chapman
grabbed a lure that was in the
water and tried to bring the boat
towards him “for quite some time”
but it was “doing circles around
him” and the line eventually
Local fishermen called for
assistance after spotting Mr
Chapman’s boat, Poppa George,
abandoned at 1:30pm.
Ms Gates said her husband,
Matthew, was among those who
jumped onboard and studied the
boat ’s GPS track to find out where
Mr Chapman may have fallen off.
Commander of Exmouth
Volunteer Marine Rescue, Rusty
Ellis, says the search was “a little
frantic there for a while” as the last
radio communications with the
boat had been made before 9am.
Mr Chapman, believed to be
aged in his late 20s, was eventually
found and put on a fast boat
back to shore suffering from
hypothermia and shock.
He spent the night in Exmouth
Hospital and was discharged on
Mr Ellis said Mr Chapman
was also fortunate the water
temperature was around 26 degrees
as “the amount of hypothermia
that he got wasn’t as bad as it could
He said the incident ser ves as
a warning for solo voyagers to
reconsider their plans.
“If something like this happens,
you have nobody to back you up,”
“Most vessels these days are fitted
with safety leads to cut the motor
should you fall over and they
should be attached to your wrist.
“ When you’re doing things like
he is and wrestling big fish, they
can be attached to your waist or
your ankle or something, so you
still have a chance.” — NZN
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Ross Chapman with a marlin.
Marlin fisherman sur vives six hours at sea
Foreign Minister and East Coast
Bays MP Murray McCully’s office
has been vandalised after New
Zealand co-sponsored a United
Nations resolution against Israeli
A photograph posted to Reddit
shows graffiti on the frontage
of McCully’s electorate office in
Browns Bay, calling him a “traitor’’
and “Jew hater’’.
A spokesman for McCully said
the damage was reported to the
landlord, who removed the spray
paint today. He did not know if
the incident had been referred to
The vandalism comes after
New Zealand co-sponsored a
resolution in the United Nations
Security Council criticising
Israeli settlements as violating
international law and undermining
The resolution was passed 14-0 at
the last council meeting of 2016,
and New Zealand ’s last meeting
in its two-year term as an elected
member of the Security Council.
Crucially, the US abstained.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu ordered his foreign
ministry to temporarily limit ties
with the 12 UNSC members that
voted in favour of the resolution,
being Britain, France, Russia,
China, Japan, Ukraine, Angola,
Egypt, Uruguay, Spain, Senegal
and New Zealand.
McCully previously said he
hoped “the friendship’’ between
Israel and New Zealand would
continue, in spite of the resolution.
Asked if the resolution was a
victory, McCully said: “It is a
victory for those who are keen
to see the Security Council
take action on the Middle East
peace process after eight years of
The United Nations maintains
that settlements are illegal, but UN
officials have reported a surge in
construction over the past months.
— N Z ME -New Zealand Herald
McCully’s office vandalised by tagger
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