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Smash claims life
One person has died and another
has been taken to hospital in a
critical condition following a crash
on State highway 3 near Palmerston
North. The pair had been trapped in
a car after a collision with a truck at
the intersection of Rangitikei Line
(State highway 3) and Oroua Road
about 7.30pm yesterday. — NZ N
Man fighting for life
A 22-year-old man has been
arrested in relation to an assault in
Northland on Sunday that has left a
man fighting for his life in hospital.
The 42-year-old was severely bashed,
possibly with a piece of wood, in
Whangarei at a house in William
Jones Drive. The man has been
charged with wounding and will
appear in the Whangarei District
Court this afternoon. The victim
is still in a critical condition in
Auckland City Hospital. — NZ N
Man’s body found
Police believe the man whose body
was found on the footpath in the
west Auckland suburb of Te Atatu
today died of natural causes. Police
have identified the man, and are
informing his next-of-kin.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Two hurt in brawl
Two men have been hurt in a
brawl at a McDonald’s restaurant
in Napier, with one of them going
through a plate glass window.
Police were called to the outlet on
Thackeray Street last night, and a
weapon is thought to have been used.
The men were taken to Hawke’s Bay
Hospital with non-life threatening
injuries. — NZN
Fire not suspicious
A fire at a warehouse in the west
Auckland suburb of Avondale
— which required 18 crews to
put out — is not suspicious. The
fire was caused by old electrical
appliances. Fire Ser vice assistant
area commander John Booth said
when crews arrived, they found
the building full of smoke and the
sprinkler system working. He said
without the sprinklers, the building
would have burned to the ground.
Fire at kohanga reo
A kohanga reo has gone up in
smoke in the central North Island.
Fire Service central shift manager
Jan Wills said four fire crews
found Raetihi’s Mo Te Whanau
Te Kohanga Reo well ablaze when
they arrived at 9.45pm yesterday.
A fire investigator was at the scene
determining the cause.
— N ZME -New Zealand Herald
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Woman selling ex’s yacht with $1 reserve
Two investigations are under way
into the death of a highly respected
data analyst with Christchurch’s
earthquake recovery authority.
Father of two Julian Car ver, the
former chief information officer
at the Canterbury Earthquake
Recovery Authority Cera, died
unexpectedly at a psychiatric
hospital in Christchurch on January
2 aged 44.
The matter is now under
investigation by both the Canterbury
District Health Board (CDHB) and
Health board chief medical
officer Dr Sue Nightingale said it
was carrying out a serious incident
review to ascertain the facts.
“The review will identify whether
there are changes we need to make to
our systems and processes that could
have prevented this sad outcome,”
“O ur sympathies go to the family
and friends. ”
Police confirmed that they attended
Mr Car ver’s sudden death last week.
“The matter is now in the process
of being referred to the coroner,” a
police spokesman said.
The Car ver family declined to
comment, not wanting to potentially
prejudice the coronial investigation.
Friends have organised a memorial
gathering in Wellington tonight
where they plan to build a cairn
down at a local beach.
Mr Car ver’s funeral was held
last week. He leaves behind two
children, Seraphine and Xavier, who
will benefit from donations to a
Givealittle page set up by his sister
Anwen Holtshousen to fund their
“ Julian Car ver has always had
a great love for his children, and
a passion for education which he
was taught by his beloved mother
Judith,” Ms Holtshousen wrote on
“He had a thirst for knowledge,
and it would be important for him
to know that his children are able to
pursue education and experience in
whatever form they choose.”
Prior to his role at Cera, Mr Car ver
founded three web software start-
ups; and led several large shared
ser vices projects across central
and local government; and helped
develop New Zealand’s Declaration
Open and Transparent
On a Facebook memorial page,
dozens of friends left tributes for
the man with the “sharp brain” and
passion for his work.
“Ah, Julian. Too soon, man, too
soon. I wish I’d been a better friend,
that I’d have known to reach out
when you needed it. You always
seemed so strong and sure, that I
never thought to check. Arohanui,
you big, bad pacifist, you,” Mark
Damian Brown said: “ You always
had such a sharp brain, and were
so passionate about open data . . .
I will miss our regular coffee catch
ups and discussions on government,
Christchurch rebuilds, reminiscing
on our days at Cera, and many other
topics. You have gone too early mate.
This is very sad and a little too hard
to comprehend. Bye bro, I wished
I had told you what a damn good
bloke I thought you were.” Another
friend, Scott Tansley, posted Car ver’s
favourite phrase, promising to keep
“A picture saves a thousand words,
a map saves a million!”’
It is not known why he was in
hospital. Any recommendations
following the serious incident review
will be published by the Health
Quality and Safety Commission.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Data analyst ’s unexpected death probed
A New Zealand woman who is
selling her ex-husband’s historic
sailing boat on an on-line auction
website with a reser ve of $1, has been
swamped with bids.
The auction, which started on
January 2, started at $1 but by
yesterday afternoon bids had reached
The boat, a 20m schooner built in
1944, is called Ruah and is insured
for $800,000, according to the
advertisement put on-line by owner
“I bought my seafaring husband
this beautiful yacht. We had amazing
trips on it and I loved sailing her,”
Ms Campbell wrote on the auction
website Trade Me.
“But then my husband and I divorced
and I was left with the yacht.”
Ms Campbell told website Stuff
that, since putting the boat up for sale
on-line, she has had some unusual
One bidder reportedly suggested
she could keep the boat and marry
him instead, while others asked her
out for dinner or proposed to swap it
Ms Campbell told Stuff that she
was happy that the bidding price for
the boat is now starting to get closer
to its actual value.
“ It would have been good, but
slightly heartbreaking, to sell her for
“O bviously people have seen the
value in her and are willing to put
their money where their mouth is,”
Art philanthropist Ms Campbell
made her fortune as one of the early
Trade Me investors when she sold her
shares in the company 10 years ago.
The boat auction closes on January
16. — NZN
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Aluminium High Grade
Auckland firefighters have
blacklisted a fleet of new fire
engines after a firefighter was
burned and others stranded
inside a blazing house when gear
The New Zealand Professional
Firefighters’ Union has banned
the use of the ser vice’s troubled
Fraser-MAN trucks after
firefighters were stranded inside
a burning home in Manurewa on
Friday when the engine’s pump
suddenly lost pressure and the
water was reduced to a trickle.
Fortunately, firefighters had
finished searching the home and
were able to get out of danger.
The union fears the
consequences could have been
serious as water could not be
pumped while firefighters fought
In a newsletter to firefighters,
the union has also revealed a
firefighter was burned during the
Flat Bush house fire that killed
three people on Christmas Eve.
Union spokesman Boyd Raines
said the drastic action to black
the 11 vehicles across the city
from the plagued fleet was
not taken lightly but given the
failures firefighters were no longer
prepared to be guinea pigs.
“Auckland firefighters have
completely lost faith in these
Fraser-MAN appliances. The
incident on Friday eroded the last
vestiges of trust our members had
in these vehicles.”
A number of “fixes” had failed
to stick and firefighters were
concerned for their safety.
In August firefighters blacked
an appliance because of safety
The Auckland City fire engine
that carried the “jaws of life”
rescue equipment was the first of
the 11 vehicles to be taken off the
Christchurch and Wellington
each have one truck blacked by
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Firefighters blacklist engines over safety fears
Fraser-MAN fire engines at the Fire Ser vice’s Otahuhu workshop.
Strolls around St Bathans will not
be the same after the loss of its canine
tour guide, Jack.
The Vulcan Hotel’s labrador-border
collie cross was known for escorting
visitors around the village and in its 12
years became one of the town’s central
It was on one of these tours, guiding
campers back from the Blue Lake,
it was fatally hit by a car over the
Owner Mike Kavanagh said it was
“really very sad” for the village.
“ He was a mar vellous dog.
“One of the boys who helps out here
put a blanket on him and took him
down to the Ranfurly vet who put his
dislocated hip back in and put him in
“They called Jude and said we’ve
done all we can and he’s comfortable.
He died a few hours later. ”
The dog was a “great judge of
character”, guiding only people who
were “worth taking”, he said.
“ If they were heading down to the
lake he’d bark and he’d bark and he’d
head them on to the walking track
and take them along (down to the
The last of a litter, it was bought
from a local farm girl at five weeks old.
Mrs Kavanagh said they would
sprinkle some of his ashes around the
lake and place a plaque in the beer
garden outside the hotel.
“ He was wonderful with kids,
wonderful with everybody. I can’t get
over it. ”
As well as guiding, Jack also loved a
game of pool.
“ He used to pinch the white ball off
the table. People would want to play
and they ’d see it in his mouth.”
Generally he never took scraps off
people and came home to be fed, Mrs
“Except there was one time when
he wasn’t even a year old, I had a
ham on the bone to take out to the
cooler, and the next thing everyone’s
laughing, Jack was off with it down
Locals knew the dog well and
holidaymakers would still ask about
him, she said. — Otago Daily Times
Jack led the tour guide’s life
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
St Bathans’ resident dog Jack keeps watch outside his home last summer.
Home ownership is
nudging a new low with
the least number of people
living in their own home in
Nationwide 63.2% of
people today live in their
own home — the lowest
rate since the 61.2%
recorded at the 1951
Census — whereas 33%
live in a rental.
Statistics New Zealand
dwelling and household
estimates data released
today showed of the 1.8 million homes,
1.2 million were owner-occupied in
December last year and 604,900 were
A record high of 73.8% (848,916)
was last recorded 26 years ago in 1991
10% more than the latest figures.
Renters in the same time period made
up only about 23% of the total.
Leader of the Opposition Andrew
Little said the figures showed there was
a need for political parties to do more for
the growing numbers of those living in a
“ With more and more
people locked out of
owning their own home
and stuck renting, it ’s time
for Parliament to come
together and solve the
crisis,” he said.
He has called on other
parties to back Labour’s
Kiwi Build and healthy
homes bills that were
The healthy homes
guarantee, which called
for all rentals to be warm,
dry and healthy to live in, has passed its
first reading and was due to be presented
before the House early in this year.
The Kiwi Build policy called for
100,000 affordable homes to be built
and is due for its first reading.
“O ur policies are ready and about to
be voted on by Parliament. All parties
should back them. If we work together,
we can fix the housing crisis.”
Home ownership rates: Lowest 61.2%
in 1951; highest 73.8% in 1991; today
63.2%. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Crash victims named
Police have released the names of the
victims of two fatal accidents.
Nathan David Karatau died in a fatal
crash on Rangitikei Line in Newbury on
the outskirts of Palmerston North last
The 34-year-old Marton man died
after two trucks crashed just hours after
the official holiday road toll ended.
motorcyclist who died following a
collision with a car on Cardrona Valley
Road on Friday.
He was Manfred Brand, 47, a Swiss
Mr Brand was working in New
Zealand at the time of his death.
The serious crash unit is still
investigating the crash.
The 2017 road toll already stands at
nine. — NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Rural Waikato district
Lotto’s luckiest area
Punters may wish to buy their
next Lotto ticket in Otorohanga,
after the Waikato district was
named the country’s “ luckiest ” area
On average Otorohanga District
residents won about $1526 per
capita, almost $600 more than
the second most prosperous area
(Auckland’s Rodney ward).
A ticket sold in the small coastal
town of Kawhia in July helped
Otorohanga reach top spot when
it proved to be a $13.3 million
A Te Awamutu man also helped
boost the statistics, when he won
big with a ticket from the Oparau
“Everyone’s been so supportive.
The truth is that I really am one
of the luckiest people in New
Zealand,” he said.
Otorohanga was the first North
Island region to win back the top
spot since 2013, after the West
Coast proved to be the most fruitful
in 2015 and Kaikoura in 2014.
Rodney ward’s second place came
on the back of one couple winning
$44m with Powerball.
“ I was at work on smoko break
and decided to check our ticket. I
saw that I had three numbers in a
row, so I quickly checked that I had
the Powerball number and then
went back and checked the rest of
the numbers,” the winner said.
numbers on one line I just yelled,
‘Holy sh—!’ My boss thought I’d
chopped my arm off with a saw. ”
An Ashburton couple, who used
their $22.2m Powerball win to help
pay for their dream wedding, sent
the Mid Canterbury town into
More than $503m in prizes were
won in 2016 with Lotto, including
282 first division prizes.
New Zealand’s biggest winning
districts for 2016: Otorohanga
District (per capita $1526) 1;
Rodney Ward ($948) 2; Ashburton
district ($762) 3; Ruapehu district
($647) 4; Kaikoura district ($356)
5; Dunedin city ($282) 6; Timaru
district ($229) 7; Waitemata and
Gulf ward ($189) 8; Wairoa district
($183) 9; Opotiki district ($181)
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
The senior doctors’ union is accusing
district health board (DHB) chief
executives of double standards over pay.
It said bosses received higher increases
than they offered workers, and it
damaged the employers’ integrity, RNZ
A State Ser vices Commission report
late last year estimated DHB chief
packages 2.8% higher, on average, last
financial year than the preceding year.
The Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists said its own analysis showed
DHB chief executive salaries rose at least
2.2% last financial year.
That was well above inflation and more
than the 1% increase staff were offered
in the first year under some collective
Union executive director Ian Powell
said that was poor.
The union, which is in pay talks, said
DHBs should think about the message
they sent to an increasingly under-
DHBs were not available to comment.
A man was flown to hospital after
suffering from a “severe and debilitating”
medical condition in his “man region”
while tramping in the Central Plateau
The Greenlea rescue helicopter
included the rescue mission for the man,
in his 20s, in its dispatch records.
“He was initially recovered from the
road end of a central plateau walking
track, suffering from a very severe
and debilitating, but hopefully not
permanent, injury to his man region,”
according to the dispatch.
Greenlea rescue helicopter base
manager Nat Every would not go into
detail when contacted this morning,
but said the man had suffered a medical
condition that “just happens sometimes”.
“He was in an awful amount of pain.
He was seriously debilitated.”
He understood the man had walked
some of the way to help, which was
believed to have been beneficial for his
He was taken by St John ambulance
from the end of a track to Turangi, where
he was flown to hospital, Mr Every said.
— NZ ME -Rotorua Daily Post
Two people escaped serious injury
after their car and caravan veered
off the road and crashed down a
bank yesterday afternoon.
The towed caravan landed on
top of the car, trapping a female
The crash happened just before
4.30pm just north of the Mount
Bruce summit in Masterton.
Masterton Fire Ser vice officer
Mike Cornford said the male driver
was able to get himself out of the
vehicle, but cutting gear was used to
free the female passenger.
“ We used our cutting gear to open
up the back part of the vehicle so
she could be extricated that way,”
“ It is unbelievably surprising they
weren’t critically injured.
“ It was a very solid vehicle, like a
Volvo SUV and it was really well-
built. It had all the safety features.
“That ’s probably what saved any
further injuries — the airbags had
all gone off.”
It is understood the pair had been
Napier-bound but police could not
confirm where they were from.
Acting sergeant Tony Matheson
said the pair were assessed by
ambulance but “were not deemed
to be critically injured”.
“From what I understand, a car
towing a caravan northbound a
few hundred metres north of the
Mount Bruce summit got into
some difficulties with the caravan.
“ Witnesses are saying it started
fishtailing and eventually it’s got
worse and the caravan and the car
were dragged off the side of the
“The caravan is on top of the car.”
Masterton Fire Ser vice, the
Eketahuna Fire Brigade, and
Masterton police attended the
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Caravan lands on top of car
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