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A pedestrian has died after he
was struck by a vehicle in Central
Otago last evening. The man was
hit on State highway 8 near Airport
Road in Alexandra about 5.45pm.
Police initially said the man was
being airlifted to hospital by rescue
helicopter in a critical condition,
but a short time later they advised
he had died. The police serious crash
unit is on its way to the scene. The
highway has been closed between
Alexandra and Clyde and diversions
are in place through Airport Road,
Dunstan Road and Springvale
A sailor reported missing in the
Marlborough Sounds area has been
found safe. Peter Gascoigne, 52,
was reported missing after failing to
meet a friend in Blackwood Bay on
December 31. Police said Gascoigne
was believed to be in his blue and
white yacht, a 7m Southerlee, and
was a competent sailor who was
familiar with the Sounds area. Police
asked the public to help find him.
Winders lodges appeal
The man convicted of killing
stop-go worker George Taiaroa
has appealed both his conviction
and sentence. A Court of Appeal
spokesman confirmed an appeal had
been lodged by Quinton Winders
against both the murder conviction,
and the sentence of life in prison
with a non-parole period of 17
years. Mr Taiaroa, 65, was shot dead
while operating a stop-go sign at
roadworks in Atiamuri in 2013.
Winders was found guilty of the
murder in September 2016 after a
five-week trial in the High Court
at Rotorua. He was sentenced in
December. A date for the appeal
hearing had not yet been set.
he appeal was lodged on
— N ZM E -Rotorua Daily Post
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McCully says it is “regrettable’’ his
electorate office was vandalised by
people opposed to New Zealand’s
sponsorship of a UN Security Council
resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian
And while he understood some
people felt strongly about it, there
was nothing new in New Zealand’s
“O bviously we have had a significant
number of communications from
people who are concerned about the
issue,’’ he said today before his meeting
with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier
“But it is very difficult to get past
the fact that it is long-standing New
Zealand policy to support the two-
state solution, to condemn incitement
and violence, and to call for a halt to
the settlements process.
“These are not new New Zealand
It was unfortunate if anyone
portrayed him or New Zealand as
“ We have a longstanding friendship
with Israel and our foreign policy
positions have been very balanced and
fair on these matters.
“It is simply incorrect to assert that
we are anti-Israel in any shape or form.
“The fact is that there was a particular
resolution before the council that our
longstanding policy positions support,
and so we supported it.’’
East Coast Bays
electorate office was spray painted this
week with the words “traitor’’ and “Jew
He would not comment on whether
Israel was likely to escalate its response
to New Zealand for co-sponsoring
the resolution — after Egypt was
pressured to drop it.
“ We hope that a normal friendly
relationship with Israel will resume
Nor would he comment on calls from
a One Nation senator in Australia
for reprisals against New Zealanders
living in Australia.
Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg has
been recalled from Wellington to
Israel and New Zealand Turkey-based
ambassador Jonathan Curr has been
denied access to Israel.
Senegal, another co-sponsor, has also
had diplomatic relations suspended
and aid halted.
A United Nations Security Council
resolution passed on December 24
condemning Israeli settlements in
Palestinian territory occupied since
1967 as a “flagrant violation under
international law and a major obstacle
to the achievement of the two-
state solution and a just, lasting and
With the United States abstaining,
the vote was passed 14-0 .
McCully visited the Middle East
in November to discuss a possible
Security Council resolution, including
with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu telephoned McCully
hours before the Security Council
vote and according to the Haaretz
newspaper said that from Israel’s
point of view, it would be seen as a
“declaration of war’’.
McCully today refused to confirm
that those words were used.
“All I’ll say is I was left in absolutely
no doubt about his views and those I
had heard previously on that topic.’’
McCully said a report in The
Australian newspaper that Netanyahu
had been planning a trip to New
Zealand was incorrect, as was a
suggestion that he did not discuss
a Security Council resolution with
Netanyahu on his last visit to Israel.
Netanyahu is expected to visit
Australia and Fiji in the coming
McCully rejected a suggestion
that New Zealand would start
its relationship with the Trump
Administration, from January 20, on
the back foot, given Trump’s vehement
opposition to the resolution.
“The United States will elect its own
leaders and will develop their own
policies and we will absolutely respect
that and we will always hope that
other countries are going to respect
our policy decisions and the election
of our own leadership.’’
McCully is heading to London and
Berlin next week to accompany Bill
English on his first overseas trip as the
new Prime Minister.
— NZM E -New Zealand Herald
New Zealand not anti-Israel, says McCully
A cheeky chap from Chester is
challenging a proud D unedin record.
United Kingdom data analyst John
Murray approached his local paper
— the Chester Chronicle — with the
outrageous claim that Guinness World
Records had it wrong.
Baldwin Street is not the steepest
street in the world — or so he
Armed with a tape measure and
spirit level, Mr Murray has been
filmed this week making some
conclusions on Saint Mary’s Hill in
Standing on the cobbled street in
the north-west of England, the man,
decked out in traditional flat cap,
tells the camera the road has a 36%
gradient at its steepest.
Baldwin Street has a 35% gradient.
Or as Guinness World Records puts
it: “At just over 350m in length, with
34 houses along it, the road rises a
total of 69.2m at the rate of one metre
vertically for every 2.86m horizontally
“The average gradient is about 1:5
but the top section gets to the 1:2.86
The jewel in North-east Valley ’s
crown has attracted hordes of tourists
for years and the Dunedin City
Council recently installed a toilet at
the bottom, for those who struggle
to contain their excitement with the
imposing slope before them.
The scandalous bid to steal Dunedin’s
title was prompted by the BBC
posting a video about Baldwin Street
on its Facebook feed.
The post had been viewed by more
than 1.2 million people in 48 hours
and featured breathless tourists scaling
Mayor Dave Cull also speaks on
the video about the city’s pride in the
“ It’s quite a novelty and the Jaffa race
has put it on the world map,’’ he said.
North Dunedin community
constable Brendan Thompson
discusses the “unfortunate incident ’’ in
which a teenager died while riding a
wheelie bin down the street.
But Dunedin residents do not have
to worry about the record being
gazumped just yet.
Guinness World Records requires
more evidence than some
chancer in a tweed cap spouting
If Mr Murray and Chester want
to be taken seriously they will have
to submit a formal application to
the arbitrator and attach all relevant
evidential documents to prove their
If a record bid is successful, the
holder is sent a “complimentary
certificate’’, according to the website.
Do not go clearing space on the
mantelpiece any time soon.
— Otago Daily Times
Saint Mary’s Hill, Chester.
Baldwin Street has rival
Olivia and Oliver have remained top
of the list of most popular baby names
in 2016, with Charlotte and Jack again
in second place.
The Department of Internal Affairs
has released list of the most popular
baby names for boys and girls born in
New Zealand last year.
While the top two places for girls and
three for boys remains unchanged, Isla
has risen from sevent to third place and
Leo has leaped in popularity, up from
24th place to ninth.
Noah, Lucas and Max are also new
additions to the top 10 for boys, while
Ava is the only female newbie, jumping
from 15th place to ninth.
Nearly 61,000 births were recorded
and the most popular 100 names make
up only a fraction of all the names given.
There were more than 18,000
registered first names.
However, 494 name have been rejected
by Internal Affairs since legislation was
introduced in 1995.
Names which use more than 99
characters are not allowed, as well as
names deemed offensive, of a religious
nature, or implied a child held a title or
In 2016, numerous baby names were
rejected including Justice, King, D uke,
Prince, Royal and Lucifer.
1. Olivia (266 babies)
2. Charlotte (262)
3. Isla (239)
4. Harper (236)
5. Ella (220)
6. Amelia (211)
7. Emily (203)
8. Mia (196)
9. Sophie (189)
10. Ava (188).
1. Oliver (332 babies)
2. Jack (286)
3. William (263)
4. Mason (254)
5. James (253)
6. Hunter (244)
7. Noah (229)
8. Lucas (228)
9. Leo (220)
10. Max (217). — NZN
A police investigation into the
execution-style killing of Upper Hutt
woman Lois Tolley has revealed the
possibility of one or more females being
involved in her murder.
Tolley was stabbed and shot at point-
blank range in her Ward Street home on
Police said yesterday that they have
spoken to a large number of people as
part of the homicide investigation.
information gathered, we know there
were males seen running from the Ward
Street address, but police now believe
that one or more females were also
involved,” said detective senior sergeant
“The investigation team has spoken to
a number of persons of interest, some of
whom have associations to gangs.”
A number of vehicles of interest have
also emerged from various CCTV
footage and witness statements police
Three of these cars are described as a
blue vehicle, a white vehicle and a silver
Police said the firearm used in the
brutal murder is believed to be a shotgun
and is still outstanding.
There are still no identified offenders,
as the investigation team continues to
work through persons of interest.
“ We continue to appeal for those
holding any information or who know
anything that may be of interest to
police, to please contact us with that
information,” said Barnett.
— New Zealand Herald
Women could have been
involved in Tolley murder
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DECLINERS: 11 TRADED: 69
Aluminium High Grade
condemned a decision by St John to
deduct 10% from their wages.
The workers, who are refusing to
wear uniforms as part of a strike
action, had been told they faced
the deductions because their refusal
to wear a high visibility vest posed
health and safety risks.
St John clinical operations director
Norma Lane says the penalties come
in response to the risk posed to the
workers and their colleagues.
“The wage deductions are pretty
astounding,” First Union spokesman
represents around 1000 ambulance
“If St John is worried about health
and safety, then they wouldn’t
force ambulance officers to work
nine hours without a break and
they wouldn’t send single-crewed
ambulances to emergencies. ”
First Union ambulance officers
are three months into the strike
action after collective agreement
negotiations with St John broke
As part of the strike, the ambulance
officers are wearing “Healthy
Ambos Save Lives” t-shirts, but are
other wise responding to emergency
call-outs as normal.
St John’s Ms Lane said the
company respects its employee’s
right to take industrial action and
had earlier amended its uniform
policy to allow the union members
to wear their t-shirts.
But after receiving “adverse”
feedback from patients and fellow
emergency workers, it requested all
its ambulance officers to also wear a
high visibility vest when completing
Staff failing to do so posed a health
and safety risk and faced a 10%
deduction of wages, Ms Lane said.
She said St John had already
reached agreement over salaries with
four of the five unions who represent
its ambulance offices.
“However, First Union rejected
the offer (and) is taking industrial
action to try and force a 2% pay rise
and additional leave, which is not
affordable for St John,” she said.
condemn pay deduction
Alan Langdon had made previous
threats about fleeing with his six-
year-old daughter Que, the child’s
Langdon and Que have been
missing since they left Kawhia
Harbour in Waikato on a small
catamaran on December 17.
Ariane Wyler spoke to Radio New
Zealand from Switzerland, and said
she believed the pair were headed to
Wyler said Langdon had
threatened in the past to disappear
with their daughter and she would
never see them again.
“Australia is very large and people
do disappear, and I totally believe
he is capable of doing that.’’
“Once he gets to the shore he can
disappear, he can vanish and I’m
convinced of that,’’ she told RNZ.
She said although Langdon was
a competent sailor, she questioned
his decision to set off with their
“I don’t think anybody would
say anybody that ’s right in their
mind would take their six-year-
old girl across the Tasman in a 6m
New Zealand police called off
their search for the pair on Tuesday,
but say it remains a missing persons
Wyler implored Australian
authorities to pick up the search,
saying she believed they would not
be far off the Australian coast.
‘Start searching, start actively
searching, put it out in the media.
“If Alan and Que are on the
Australian coast, and other sailors
see them, it wouldn’t come to their
mind that they’ve just sailed across
Wyler said her daughter was
“awesome’’ and very staunch.
“S he’s been brought up on a boat
her first four-and-a -half-years of
her life, so she’s very physically
active. She’s just gorgeous.’’
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Father made previous threats
to flee with daughter, says mum
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Alan Langdon and his daughter Que.
dominate baby names
National MP Nikki Kaye says
she tried to resign when she
found out she had breast cancer,
but then-Prime Minister John
Key refused to let her.
Kaye joined Matthew Hooton
on Newstalk ZB today to discuss
her breast cancer diagnosis with
former Internet Party leader
Talking about the practicalities
of dealing with her September
diagnosis, Kaye spoke of calling
Key to tell him she was sick.
“I offered my resignation and
he refused to accept it, which was
pretty incredible,” she said.
“I was a complete mess. He was
really strong and just said ‘nup,
you’re going to get through this
and we’ll switch the portfolios’.”
Kaye said she had enjoyed a
new c loseness with her family
since finding out she was sick,
but telling her mum was “very,
“It was my mum’s birthday so I
actually delayed telling her by a
day. My family has been amazing
but I actually saw my mum’s face
At 36, Kaye said it was a fluke
she found the lump in her breast
as she had not yet started getting
The diagnosis “broke” her
life and meant her career as a
promising young politician had
to be put on hold.
“One moment I was on my way
to Wellington, the next minute
I was on a table getting poked
and prodded and had essentially
Now Kaye is planning her
return to Parliament, but getting
well is her No 1 priority.
Kaye said the diagnosis was
still “raw ”, but a positive result of
finding out she was ill had been a
new outlook on life.
“Now I just don’t worry about
the little things I used to worry
‘I just think ‘frick, I’m alive, it’s
sunny ’. I hope that ’s a permanent
new state of mind.”
Harre, who also faced a breast
cancer diagnosis in 2011,
encouraged women to get
checked regularly, a sentiment
“I think one of the things I’ve
learnt is that everybody has a
different journey and there are
lots of different kinds of breast
cancer,” Kaye said.
“It can be more aggressive in
mammogram, and if they felt
anything unusual to go to their
GP and referred right away.
“Don’t muck around,” she said.
“In the scheme of things it can
be the difference between saving
your life and you’ve just got to
go and do it. It takes a couple of
— New Zealand Herald
opens up about
A severe magnitude 5.3 earthquake
rocked central New Zealand overnight.
The quake, centred 20km south-west
of Seddon, struck at 12.17am.
It was just 13km deep and felt widely
across the country.
So far there have been no reports of
injury or damage.
It has been described as a short, violent
quake that shook homes in the dead of
night and set hearts racing.
More than 6300 people from Auckland
to Invercargill reported feeling the
Most reports were located in the lower
half of the North Island and top of the
The Fire Ser vice said there had been no
calls for help following the quake, which
the government geoscience research
Geo Net described as severe. — N Z ME
Quake rocks central
New Zealand overnight
Two people have been arrested after
crashing their car into a South Auckland
house and then fleeing this morning.
The crash happened shortly before 2am
on Ray Small Drive, Papakura.
The car hit a fence before crashing into
the side of the house, said Fire Ser vice
spokesman Jaron Phillips.
Neighbour Percy Manning said he was
woken about 2am by the sound of the
‘It was very loud.’’
A van-type car had come off the road
and crashed through the fence that
divided his property from the next, he
A firefighter who attended the crash
said the van had “taken the wall out ’’.
The van had not gone inside the house
but the wall by the lounge had been
knocked over, he said.
Police at the scene told him a woman
had been home at the time but was
The two occupants of the car then fled,
but were arrested a short time later.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Two arrested after car hits house
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