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Car crash fatal
One person died after a car
accident in the North Shore suburb
of Albany. Five others were injured
in the crash which happened about
1.30am yesterday on Oteha Valley
Road. The serious crash unit is
investigating. — N ZN
Fisherman dies on boat
A fisherman reported overdue has
been found dead on his boat. He is
believed to have died as the result
of a medical event, police say. The
man in his 40s was reported overdue
from a trip near Great Barrier Island
on Saturday night. The Coastguard
located the boat yesterday morning.
A cyclist has been flown to
hospital after crashing on a steep
Banks Peninsula road. A police
spokeswoman said police were called
to Purau Port Levy Road at 7.25pm
yesterday. “ It looks like a cyclist has
fallen off their bike and they ’ve been
taken to hospital by helicopter.’’ S he
believed no cars were involved.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Police have identified the body
found on a Bay of Plenty beach on
Friday evening. The body of Marama
Greeks was discovered by a member
of the public on Morice’s Bay, east of
Opotiki just before 7pm. Police say it
is too early to speculate on how she
died. Ms Greeks, 54, was last seen
in Opape, 13km east of Opotiki on
New Year’s Eve. — NZN
A Te Puke man was flown to
Middlemore Hospital after he
suffered a serious neck injury
diving into a swimming pool. The
Trustpower TECT rescue helicopter
flew the 38-year-old to Middlemore
on Saturday night. The man is in the
care of the spinal unit. — NZ N
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Porirua and
Rotorua, won their holders $500,000
each in Lotto draw No 1610 on
Saturday. Successful numbers were
8, 16, 23, 30, 37, 38; bonus 28.
Strike numbers were 8, 30, 23, 38.
There was no Strike Four winner.
Powerball number 6. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13596:
3, 12, 18, 19, 21, 24, 32, 37, 38, 43, 51,
52, 57, 58, 60, 67, 71, 76, 78, 80. Draw
No 13597: 1, 2, 9, 23, 25, 28, 29, 31,
37, 41, 45, 48, 49, 55, 66, 73, 76, 78, 79,
80. Draw No 13598: 2, 3, 4, 7, 13, 14,
16, 17, 22, 27, 33, 34, 38, 40, 44, 50, 52,
69, 76, 80. Draw No 13599: 3, 11, 13,
17, 19, 22, 26, 27, 33, 35, 40, 42, 44, 48,
51, 59, 63, 64, 67, 69. Draw No 13600:
3, 4, 15, 18, 23, 24, 27, 29, 31, 38, 43,
44, 45, 50, 59, 63, 70, 73, 74, 80. Draw
No 13601: 5, 6, 7, 9, 16, 18, 24, 25, 32,
33, 40, 44, 49, 50, 53, 55, 61, 66, 68, 74.
Draw No 13602: 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 19,
20, 21, 37, 38, 41, 44, 46, 47, 53, 56, 57,
61, 75, 78. Draw No 13603: 13, 14, 16,
18, 22, 27, 30, 35, 43, 44, 47, 49, 52, 53,
58, 59, 61, 63, 66, 68.
Greg O’Connor may stand for Labour against Dunne
The driver of a car that crashed in
Highcliff Road in Dunedin on December
14 has died.
She was Sheree Jayne Procter, 35, from
She was driving a car that went through
a wire fence and rolled down a slope.
Crash injuries fatal
A man has been stabbed in Christchurch
following a heated argument over a dog.
Armed police were called to a property
at Leitch Street, Sydenham about 8pm
yesterday after people reported a group
fighting, a police spokeswoman said.
At least one person had been stabbed.
A police spokeswoman said a fight
broke out between five people after two
accused three others of running over a
Fairfax reported the stab victim was
seen walking around, visibly bleeding.
A neighbour said there was a
“commotion” on the street.
“There were three guys on the road, and
they ’d been stabbed,” a neighbour said.
“One had a gash on his shoulder about
The stabbing had come about after
someone nearly hit the victim’s dog with
a car and he had confronted the driver.
Police said all five were taken to hospital
for treatment. None of the injuries were
serious, said the police spokeswoman.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
United Future leader Peter Dunne
has poured cold water on speculation
he could retire from politics,
confirming he plans to contest this
Mr Dunne yesterday confirmed his
intention to stand again in the Ohariu
electorate in Wellington in this year’s
“It is certainly my intention to
stand again based on the many strong
messages of encouragement and
support I have been receiving from
my constituents over recent months,”
Former Police Association president
Greg O’Connor is rumoured to be
interested in becoming Labour’s
Ohariu candidate. Nominations close
on February 3.
Mr O’Connor did not respond to a
request for comment.
He is a cousin to Labour and
West Coast-Tasman MP Damien
O’Connor, and is well known through
his 21 years heading the Police
Labour’s Ohariu candidate at the
2014 election, Virginia Andersen, lost
to Mr Dunne by 710 votes and has
since been confirmed as the party’s
Hutt South candidate for 2017.
If Mr O’Connor was interested
in entering politics and selected by
Labour — in Ohariu or another seat
— the party would gain a well-known
candidate with deep knowledge of
law and order.
He often took a hardline stance
in his role as Police Association
president, including calling for officers
to be armed. In a last speech to the
association conference in October he
slammed the Government over a lack
of police resourcing, and called for an
urgent increase in officer numbers.
Mr O’Connor lives in Wellington
with his family, and in a speech to the
Johnsonville Rotary Club last year
said he had been an Ohariu resident
early in his police career and it “felt
like coming home” to be back in
Labour and the Greens formally
agreed in May to campaign together,
and have already made an electoral
agreement in the Mount Roskill by-
election, where the Greens did not
stand a candidate.
Meanwhile, Labour will select its
candidate for the Mount Albert
by-election this week.
Nominations close on Thursday,
with Jacinda Ardern a near-certainty
to be selected.
The by-election will be held on
Saturday, February 25. It is being
held after David Shearer quit
Parliament to head the United
Nations mission in South Sudan.
National will not stand a
candidate, with Prime Minister Bill
English saying the party wants to
concentrate on the general election
rather than contest a safe Labour
The Green Party’s candidate is likely
to be MP Julie Anne Genter.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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A couple of grandmothers have
smashed traditional stereotypes
at a wedding with a difference in
Matiu and Steph Workman
asked their grandmothers to be
flower girls at the ceremony at
the Sargood Centre in North
Dunedin on Saturday.
Their respective grandmothers,
Nancy Maxwell, 83, of
Paraparaumu, and Chris Elder,
88, of D unedin, accepted the
Mr Workman, 28, of
Wellington, said the couple’s
“strong connection” with their
grandparents inspired the
The ceremony allowed the couple
to acknowledge the great amount
of knowledge their grandparents
had learned through experience.
“It’s about acknowledging the
past,” Mr Workman said.
Mrs Elder, an Abbeyfield
Dunedin resident, said she enjoyed
being a flower girl at the wedding.
“A family wedding is always
such a pleasure.” The “special role”
made her feel “honoured and
valued”, Mrs Elder said.
Mrs Workman (nee Bond),
34, of Dunedin, said the couple
decided on the “unique” choice
of flower girls as a “nice way” to
affirm the importance of their
grandmothers in their lives and
show their respect for them in
front of about 100 guests.
— Otago Daily Times
Flower girl role mark of respect
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Flower girls Chris Elder, left, and Nancy Maxwell before the wedding of their grandchildren in
Dunedin on Saturday.
PM to shun
Bill English is refusing
to attend his first Waitangi
Day as prime minister on
Te Tii Marae this year in a
stoush over speaking rights.
He will be the second
prime minister in two
years not to attend official
John Key last year turned
down an invitation after
being told he could not
But his refusal has come
as a surprise to Waitangi
organiser and New Zealand First MP
Pita Paraone, who said he was not aware
of any decision to revoke speaking
Mr English revealed today he sought
clarification about speaking rights this
year but his office informed him while
he was invited to the powhiri he would
not be able to speak, “conditions which
are not acceptable to me”.
“ While I thank the marae committee
for their invitation I will take the
opportunity to attend commemorative
events to celebrate this important
day elsewhere,” Mr English said in a
But that is in direct contrast to a
decision by Ngapuhi elders in November
to return speaking rights to then-prime
minister Mr Key.
Mr Paraone said he was not aware
that anything had changed since that
“That ’s certainly a surprise to me and
I’ve been talking with the people of
the marae. In fact, they were planning
to welcome him and the
Government,” he said.
“At the end of the day
we’re disappointed that
our PM has chosen not to
come to Waitangi and to
commemorate the signing
of our founding documents
and instead has chosen to
meet a group he has met
with on a regular basis.”
Mr English will meet
with the Iwi Chairs’
Forum and attend events
in Auckland instead, while
his deputy Paula Bennett
will lead a Government delegation to
the dawn ser vice on February 6.
“ If she is representing the government
then we will certainly welcome her and
other members of the government,” Mr
But ACT leader David Seymour
has welcomed the opportunity to take
commemorations “on the road”.
“ It has never been clear why one iwi
gets to monopolise the celebrations. The
treaty wasn’t just signed at Waitangi, it
went on tour and was signed by chiefs all
over the country,” he said.
“A bit of competition among locations
might help to lift standards of behaviour,
bringing some dignity and joy back to
this special day.”
Last year’s dispute over speaking rights
centred on Ngapuhi opposition to the
Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
The Government has since passed
enabling legislation to back the
12-nation trade agreement, but it fell
flat with the election of Donald Trump
as United States president. — NZ N
Man shot by
The man who died after being shot by
police in Whanganui after a domestic
violence incident has been named.
Savey Kevin Sous, 32, died from
injuries sustained after police shot him
when he allegedly pointed a shotgun
Police received a call just after 7pm on
Friday from a woman reporting a family
Officers arrived at the Mitchell Street
address and spoke with Upper Hutt man
Mr Sous and the woman, who had visible
injuries, in the suburb of Aramoho.
When told he was under arrest, police
say Sous pulled out a concealed, loaded
sawn-off shot gun and pointed it at the
The officers retreated and cordons
were put in place while the armed
offenders squad was called. Central
District commander Superintendent
Sue Schwalger said the man allegedly
aimed the shotgun at officers, before he
was shot by a member of the AOS three
times hitting him in the torso and arm.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical
condition but later died. — NZ N
A Dunedin sex offender, subject to
ground-breaking restrictive measures,
has told a health assessor there are
more child victims police do not
Glen Anthony Douglas, 25, became
the first person in the country to meet
the criteria for a public protection
order (PPO) when Justice Nicholas
Davidson made the ruling just before
The legislation was introduced
for offenders who had a “very high
risk of imminent serious sexual or
violent offending” if released into the
It means Douglas will be moved
to the specially-built Matawhaiti
Residence beside but separate from
Christchurch Men’s Prison, with its
own secure perimeter fence.
The $8.9 million facility, which will
eventually have the capacity to hold
24 people, will be his home for at
least the next year.
That could change if police press
charges over confessions Douglas
made in an inter view with health
assessor Debbie McLean.
In a report before the court she
wrote that the prisoner had made
no progress on the Kia Marama
child sex offender programme while
behind bars. “ His desire to engage in
sexual activity with children has not
diminished,” Ms McLean said.
There was more.
“ Mr Douglas has disclosed
undetected sexual offending, non-
penetrative, against three male
children, two aged under 12 years and
one aged 12 to 16 years. ”
Police were asked whether the
admissions were being investigated
but a spokeswoman said the officer in
charge of the case was off until mid-
However, she did confirm police
were able to act on statements made
under such circumstances.
“Reports of child safety concerns
can be received by police from any
source, and we assess and review all
information gained from inquiries to
determine what action is appropriate,”
the spokeswoman said.
Douglas has been locked up on
“ interim detention” with the PPO
stint due to start tomorrow.
But, conceivably, if police decide
to lay new charges, he could be back
among the regular prison community
as his case runs through the court.
Douglas was jailed for three years
on two counts of sexual connection
with a young person in 2013.
The charges came after he groomed
a 13-year-old boy using identities on
Facebook and sexually abused him
over two meetings before the victim’s
mother found out.
Douglas was due to be freed on
August 29, but Corrections applied
for the PPO a couple of weeks
His lawyer Sarah Saunderson-
Warner argued at the Christchurch
High Court hearing in November
that her client could be released
on an extended super vision order
with intensive monitoring. It would
effectively mean Douglas lived in
the community under 24-hour
Ms Saunderson-Warner said he
could undergo psychological and
pharmaceutical treatment and would
have the chance to show he was not a
risk to the community. If he struggled,
Corrections could apply for a PPO at
that point, she said.
Justice Davison was not convinced.
“The need for potential victim
protection is paramount,” he said.
The judge said any form of detention
other than under a sentence was
“ inherently troubling” but believed he
had no choice.
“ It is reser ved for those cases where
there is really no option, to avoid the
very high, serious and imminent risk
posed by the individual. Mr Douglas
does pose that risk,” he said.
Under the PPO Douglas’s case will
be reviewed every year and Justice
Davidson stressed his ruling did not
mean the 25-year-old would be in
the facility for a lengthy period.
— Otago Daily Times
Offender reveals more sex abuse
Prisoner sought after hospital dash
A security expert is calling for
more scrutiny of foreign students
coming here to study.
It follows the gunning down of a
former New Zealand engineering
student by police in Saudi Arabia.
They say Taie bin Salem bin
Yaslam al-Saya’ari planned an
attack last year at one of Islam’s
After the shoot-out over the
weekend they found two explosive
belts, two sub-machine-guns, a
home-made grenade and basins
filled with chemicals.
Strategic analyst Paul Buchanan
said it was inevitable something
like this would happen.
He believes Taie bin Salem
bin Yaslam al-Saya’ari studied
engineering at Auckland University
and came and went some time ago.
He says there is no security vetting
of students who come to schools or
universities here from Saudi Arabia,
or other hotbeds of extremism such
In fact, Dr Buchanan says there are
favourable student visa schemes for
both these countries signed during
the fifth Labour government and
which continue to this day. .
Dr Buchanan says it was possible
some might be dangerous and
might hone their skills in our
universities, particularly in the
hard sciences, or in the case of this
He said we may see more of this.
After the September 11 attacks
there was a serious clampdown on
student visa entry into the United
States and United Kingdom, so
other English speaking countries
became attractive to students from
the Middle East, particularly those
countries with a good academic
reputation like New Zealand.
He says the fifth Labour
opportunity to welcome such
students into the country, but
without any security vetting.
He describes that as naive, given
the level of corruption in places like
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
Dr Buchanan said 90% to 95% of
students coming from the Middle
East were legitimately interested in
getting a degree, and some were the
idle children of the Saudi Arabian
rich sent here because they were
pretty useless and their parents
want to get rid of them for a while.
When he worked at Auckland
University, Dr Buchanan says he
was told the university was not in
the business of security vetting
foreign students. When he asked
who did, he was told no one, not
the police, not immigration and not
the SIS. He believed that was an
invitation for trouble.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Mosque attack plotter studied in NZ Wellington
Labour has accused the
Government of applying
the handbrake on buying
electric cars, with just eight
bought in six months last
It has released the results
of a written question to
Minister Steven Joyce
last month, which show
that in the six months to
the end of September the
Government bought 2039
vehicles, but just eight of
them were electric.
“ It is a wasted opportunity
for the Government to
use its purchasing power
to increase the viability
of electric vehicles in
New Zealand,” Labour’s
Sue Moroney said.
The eight electric vehicles was even
more pitiful than the Government ’s
target of owning 2% of the country’s
electric fleet by 2021, she
“The Government can’t
even lead by example
to reach that tiny target
Ms Moroney ’s comments
Minister Simon Bridges,
in an article in the New
Zealand Herald, raved
about his hybrid electric
SUV (which also has a
No number of photos of a
grinning Mr Bridges with
electric vehicles could hide
the fact his Government is
failing to lead the switch to
electric vehicles, she said.
Last year the government
set a target of 64,000
electric vehicles on the
road by 2021.
Early indications were the public were
keen, with more than 2000 registered
half way through the year — double the
target. — NZ N
Govt buys few electric cars
killed on bike
Tributes are flowing for businessman
Nick Calavrias who died after being
hit by a car while cycling on the Taupo
Expressway near his holiday home.
The 67-year-old was a well known
runner, a leader of the Greek community
in Wellington and a former long-
ser ving chief executive of Steel and Tube
The Wellington Scottish Athletics
Club posted on Facebook that Mr
Calavrias was a club stalwart with a wide
circle of friends in Scottish, mostly from
the 1960s and 70s.
He joined the club as a young lad
from Wellington Tech and represented
Wellington at both cross country and
He was club captain in 1975 and 1976,
during an era when Scottish had many
successes and the teams had a great
camaraderie, which still continued.
“He always kept a keen interest in
the club and was a foundation member
and a very generous benefactor of the
Supporters Trust,” the club said.
Mr Calavrias was made an Officer of
the New Zealand Order of Merit for his
ser vices to business. — NZ N
A prisoner who had been taken
to the Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial
Hospital in Hastings last Friday
night decided to do a runner rather
than get treatment and was still at
large as of yesterday.
“ We are still looking for him,’’
senior sergeant Dave Sutherland
Rua Joseph Morrell, 29, was being
taken to hospital for an unspecified
reason and was being escorted by
two officers from the Department
When they arrived at the hospital
he made a dash for it and managed
to elude the officers.
Police were called in and carried
out searches across a wide area
around the hospital but failed to
find him. A police spokesman said
they believed there was no risk to
the wider public.
“ We have been to see family and
associates of his,’’ Mr Sutherland
said, adding that Morrell was a
local and had family in the Pakipaki
A Corrections spokesman said he
was unable to say what Morrell was
being taken to hospital for.
After police posted information
about the escape on their Facebook
page it attracted plenty of attention.
Some people who posted
messages said they knew of Morrell
but not his current whereabouts.
One wrote “Don’t make it any
worse man. Do the right things and
hand yourself in. Life is better on
the straight side of the law man.”
Another posted, “ You did the
crime go back and do the time —
they will catch you eventually.”
Corrections would not comment
on what Morrell was ser ving time
for. — NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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