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Pool woman critical
A young woman was rushed to
hospital in a critical condition
after being pulled from a pool in
Auckland. The woman in her 20s
was treated at the scene in Lake
Road, Takapuna before being taken
to North Shore Hospital. Paramedics
were called after the woman was
foud unresponsive in a backyard pool
about 1.30pm yesterday. Police did
not believe there were any suspicious
circumstances. — N ZN
Kaikoura highway cut
Motorists wanting to travel
between Christchurch and Kaikoura
are again having to use the inland
road after a slip closed State highway
1. The slip came down last night
between Peketa and Goose Bay, the
New Zealand Transport Agency said.
State highway 1 north and south of
Kaikoura were badly damaged by
the November 14 earthquake but the
highway south of the town reopened
just before Christmas. — N Z N
Smash closes road
A State highway north of
Wellington was closed after a
two-car crash, which left a man
with a serious injuries. The incident
happened about 7.35pm yesterday on
Haywards Hill Road (State highway
58) at Judgeford. The road was closed
for a rescue helicopter to take the
injured man to hospital. — NZ N
Pizza shop robbed
A worker has been punched during
the robbery of a south Auckland
pizza shop. Bridge Pizza, in
Coronation Road, Mangere Bridge,
was raided last night. A man entered
the shop, punched the worker and
made off with cash, police said. The
worker’s injuries were not serious.
The offender made off in a vehicle.
Fire at medical centre
Firefighters extinguished a blaze at
a medical centre in south Auckland.
The Fire Ser vice was called at
8.50pm yesterday and sent five crews
totalling 25 firefighters to the Queen
Street Medical Centre in Otahuhu.
The fire was in the ceiling space.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Shearers Coel L’Huillier and
Kelvin Walker have set a world
record after a tense finish to an
eight-hour effort in a King Country
woolshed. The pair bettered the two-
stand strongwool ewes record by two
sheep, reaching 1068 before the time
limit at Te Hape, between Te Kuiti
and Taupo. L’Huillier, from Te Akau,
shore 537 sheep, while Walker, from
Taumarunui, tallied 531. — NZ N
Numbers in Keno draw No 13608:
51, 53, 55, 70, 71, 72, 74, 80. Draw No
13609: 1, 7, 9, 12, 16, 18, 21, 26, 27,
33, 35, 37, 38, 43, 46, 50, 53, 57, 60, 62.
Draw No 13610: 2, 8, 11, 13, 15, 27,
28, 38, 40, 42, 47, 50, 54, 59, 60, 64, 67,
68, 76, 80. Draw No 13611: 2, 5, 13,
20, 21, 26, 30, 31, 32, 38, 44, 45, 55, 56,
63, 66, 70, 72, 73, 74.
Shot man ‘had many chances’
Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison is in
lockdown after reports of a bomb
“Corrections can confirm that a bomb
threat has been made by telephone
this morning to Hawke’s Bay Regional
Prison,” a spokesman said.
The prison was locked down and police
were called to the Hastings jail about
Police have revealed they are responding
to “an item of concern”. — NZ N
Prison bomb threat
A teenage girl remains in a serious
condition in Waikato Hospital after a
fatal crash near Thames yesterday.
The teen was the driver of a car involved
in a head-on crash near the Kopu Bridge,
one of two crashes in the area within 15
A Waikato Hospital spokeswoman
this morning said she was in a serious
condition in the high dependency unit.
Police said it appeared the teenager’s
silver stationwagon crossed the centre
line into the path of an eastbound green
The crash happened about 1.25pm on
State highway 25 west of Kopu Bridge
before the Turua turn-off.
The driver of the green vehicle died
at the scene and the teen was flown to
In the second crash, on State highway
25a, a car carrying parents and a teenage
son and daughter careered down a bank
on Kopu-Hikuai Road, between Kirikiri
Valley and Puketui Roads.
The Trustpower TECT rescue
helicopter, based in Taupo, and the
Northland Emergency Ser vices Trust
helicopter, flew patients to hospital.
The mother is stable in a ward and her
14-year-old son is in a critical condition
in the intensive care unit.
The father was last night discharged
from hospital and a teenage daughter
remains in Thames Hospital with
The serious crash unit is investigating.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
The man who was shot by police
“ had so many chances and he chose
the worst way ”, says the daughter of
an elderly victim from the beginning
of his criminal career.
Author and health advocate Beryl
Harris expressed sympathy for the
parents of Savey Sous, who died after
being shot by police in Whanganui
on Friday, but said she was “not sorry
he was gone”.
Sous, 32, was shot by police in the
shoulder and torso after drawing a
sawn-off shotgun on officers who
turned up after reports of a domestic
dispute. Sous later advanced on
police cordons when he was shot and
After his death, it was revealed
Sous had a lengthy criminal history,
including convictions for violence,
although his father, Savuth South,
said his son was trying to turn his
Ms Harris said she had met the
man when he was aged about 15 in
the fallout of a series of burglaries at
the home of her mother, who was 89
at the time.
She was prompted to speak out
after concerns were voiced that
Sous, who came to New Zealand
as a refugee when he was a boy, had
“There was not a language
problem,” she said.
Having attended court hearings
and a family conference, she said
she recalled asking the boy about his
favourite subject at school.
“ English,” he replied.
Ms Harris said: “He spoke well, so
not a hard-done-by person by any
prompted Ms Harris to e-mail her
children, saying: “I can tell you it was
She told her children: “Do not let
pity or dread overcome you, I was in
the courtroom and at a conference
with him. I have my thoughts and
they are not good.”
She told them Sous had broken
into her elderly mother’s home three
times in two weeks — including
breaking a window and entering the
house as she slept.
She said her mother was Sous’
latest elderly victim; a 93-year-old
man had earlier been burgled by
Sous and other teenagers.
“ His dad now says he got in with
a bad crowd. He was the bad crowd.
After those first robberies he broke
into his parents’ house and stole his
mother’s wedding ring.”
She said his father’s reference to
Sous being a “good boy” was better
stated: “He was our son we loved
wife beaten up enough to ring for
police and why did this so-called
‘good boy ’ have — and present — a
sawn-off shotgun at the police?
“I am not sorry that he has gone he
had so many chances and he chose
the worst way.
“Sorry for his parents who were
always hopeful that he might be
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
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set to plot
Labour MPs will gather
next week to plot strategy
for an election contest
dramatically changed by
John Key ’s resignation.
The party’s MPs will
return after a summer
holiday for a caucus
in Martinborough on
Monday and Tuesday,
campaign could put them
in power later this year.
Europe, is yet to call a date for the
Mr Key ’s shock resignation has
changed the “dynamic” of the election
contest, Labour leader Andrew Little
“There is a different personality leading
the National Party, so that will make a
difference. But, equally, we don’t take
anything for granted. No one is heaving
a big sigh of relief saying, ‘That ’s it, we’ve
got it in the bag’. We know we have
work ahead of us.
“ We are constantly looking at what we
do, what we need to be doing better, and
what we need to change.
“(Martinborough) is also a bit of a
chance to recap on that, and as we make
our commitments to each other about
how we conduct ourselves in the year
ahead. It is agreeing what the priorities
are, that we stick to those and the
Those messages will be focused on a
handful of areas — housing affordability,
more police to address rising crime rates,
and improving education and health
In a recent caucus reshuffle Mr Little
took on a newly-created “new economy ”
portfolio. He said another election-year
focus would be on what
measures were needed to
expand the economy.
“This is about the long-
the sorts of things we
need to be doing — the
kind of investments and
infrastructure, the kind
of measures we need to
take — to attract private
investment in the areas
that are going to be
wealth-generating and job-
generating in the future.
question is the one we have to get our
heads around . . . the basis on which we
can lift wages materially and consistently,
and it is all wrapped up of course in
environmental sustainability framework
as well. ”
After a holiday that included cycling
the Otago Rail Trail with his son, Mr
Little is now back home in Wellington
and getting back into work, including
working on his state of the nation speech
to be delivered on January 29.
He said another focus of next week’s
caucus retreat was looking at electorate
strategy — those already held, and those
that could be won.
Included in the latter category will be
Wellington’s Ohariu electorate. United
Future leader Peter Dunne won with a
slim majority of 710 in 2014, and will
Former Police Association president
Greg O’Connor is rumoured to be
interested in becoming Labour’s
candidate. He has not responded to a
request for comment this week.
“ I’m familiar with the rumours, I can’t
really comment beyond that,” Mr Little
“ I think, you know, ‘ Watch this space’. ”
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
A scrub fire has cut power and
closed road access to the small Central
Otago settlement of Glenorchy, at
the northern end of Lake Wakatipu.
About 50 firefighters and several
helicopters with monsoon buckets
are battling the blaze, which started
below the Glenorchy-Queenstown
Road some time before midnight.
It went up the slope, jumping
the road as it burned through trees
and scrub, the Queenstown Lakes
District Council says.
The fire was burning around 50ha of
land on Jessie Peak, above Rat Point.
The council said the fire’s progress
had slowed, reducing the threat to
communities, and the nearest houses
were about 2km from the flames.
It could take several days to fully
extinguish but it was hoped the road
would be reopened this afternoon, a
council spokeswoman said.
There is a full house at Mrs Woolly’s
camping ground, which is about
25km from the blaze but many
cannot now leave as planned.
“They can’t go anywhere, but
that ’s just life, there’s plenty to do
here. We’ll sur vive, that ’s just what
happens in Glenorchy,” camping
ground manager Grant Dunstan said.
No evacuations were expected,
but residents of Bob’s Cove and
Closeburn Station have been alerted.
The council warned the road could
be closed for several hours and
Glenorchy was without power.
Glenorchy scrub fire cuts power, access
Crash-site conduct criticised
Police say the behaviour of motorists
at a crash scene last week was
Senior constable Bruce Dow, of
Oamaru, said police and crash workers
were at the site on January 4.
A car towing a caravan on State
highway 8 near Omarama crashed
after a crosswind appeared to lift the
dual-axle caravan, causing the car to
fishtail and crash down a 2m bank.
He said accident signs and road
cones were set up at each end of
the crash scene and there were large
recovery vehicles as well as a police
vehicle parked there.
Mr Dow and a road contractor, in
safety vests, then struggled to control
traffic as it shot through the area, even
though he and the contractor “were
sticking out like sore toes”.
other man physically inter vened by
waving vehicles down and informing
motorists of their obligation under the
law to slow down when accident signs
He said about six vehicles were
forced to stop and 10 more were made
to slow down.
Behaviour included rubbernecking
Mr Dow said the behaviour of
motorists was so bad that when
the crash workers decided to lift
the remains of the caravan on to a
recovery vehicle, the decision was
made to close both lanes to make it
safe for the workers.
“(They) should be able to go about
their work environment in a safe way
without being put at risk.”
— Otago Daily Times
A damaged caravan is recovered after a crash near Omarama on January 4.
Police and crash scene workers were put in danger by speeding motorists.
The Environmental Protection
Authority has failed on two
counts in the lead-up to hearings
on Trans-Tasman Resources’
application to mine the south
Taranaki seabed, Rochelle
Trans-Tasman Resources wants
marine consents to mine nearly
66 square kilometres of seabed
offshore from Patea. Hearings on
the matter begin next month.
Ms Bullock liaised between
opponent groups during Trans-
Tasman Resources’ (TTR’s) last
applications in 2013 and is doing
so again. Opponents include iwi
from the region, Kiwis Against
Seabed Mining (KASM) and
The authority has failed to keep
in touch with submitters and
also failed to hold hearings in the
places where most of those who
want to speak live, Ms Bullock
Anyone who wants to speak
during the hearings must contact
the authority before noon today
to let it know. Other wise they will
not be able to speak.
Ms Bullock said that last time
all the submitters were warned of
the deadline by e-mail, but that
had not happened this time.
She was desperately trying to
get the word out yesterday.
She also said it was not logical
or ethical to hold hearings
only in Wellington and New
Plymouth. Submitters had asked
for hearings in the places that
would be most affected by the
mining — from Patea south
Hearings for TTR’s first
application were held in several
places in 2013, including Pariroa
Marae near Kakaramea and at the
Whanganui District Council.
Kiwis Against Seabed Mining
said there had been 17,000
submissions to the applications.
A spokeswoman for the authority
could not confirm this, saying
they were still being counted.
The “highest density” of people
who wanted to speak at the
hearings was in Whanganui, Ms
Bullock said. The authority could
not confirm that either.
When Ms Bullock rang the
authority to ask why the hearings
would only be in Wellington
and New Plymouth, she was
told those locations were more
accessible and had venues.
She told the staff member
there was no lack of venues in
Whanganui. “ It’s very unfair to
expect a whole community to
travel to Wellington or New
Plymouth. (The hearings) should
be held in the place of the people
directly affected. There seems
something very obviously wrong
when you choose not to go to the
people that are submitting,” she
— N Z ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Seabed mining opponents want a say
PICTURE: Wanganui Chronicle
Rochelle Bullock, left, liaises with Kiwis Against Seabed Mining personnel Phil McCabe and Wanda
Three trampers feared missing in the
heart of Queenstown’s devastating bush
fire have been found safe this morning.
A search was due to be mounted this
morning for the missing trio after they
were reported overdue.
Police said a married couple and
another person had gone into the
Mount Crichton area and were expected
to camp at Lake Isobel.
A massive bush fire tore through 50ha
on Jessie Peak in the area overnight.
Concerns were held for the party’s
safety after they did not walk out of
the bush as planned. Aerial sur veillance
failed to show any sign of the party and
they could not be contacted by cellphone.
Police were preparing to send in
searchers but just after 10am the missing
party was seen walking out of the area.
Trampers walk out of fire zone
Risky drivers have drawn the ire
of police after one drove with a 6m
trampoline on the top of his car and
another let her nine-year-old daughter
get behind the wheel.
The first driver was spotted driving
at just 20kph at Beach Haven on the
North Shore yesterday morning with the
trampoline tied loosely by a thin rope.
“If he’d been going any faster the tramp
would have fallen off,” sergeant Brett
Campbell-Howard said after pulling
over the man.
The trampoline, which was hanging
more than a metre over each side of the
car, was being taken less than a kilometre
according to the driver, who did not want
to pull it apart for such a short journey.
“After I explained that the fine for an
(unsecured) load was $600 and that the
trampoline could have easily come off
in a gust of wind and hit a pedestrian,
the driver agreed his method of moving
it was probably not the best way,” Mr
Another driver was let off with a
warning just hours later after allowing
her daughter to drive on a public
but residents-only access road at
The woman told police she intended to
pull on the handbrake if her daughter got
out of control.
“These are two incidents within only
a few hours of each other that could
have ended disastrously,” Mr Campbell-
“P lease, if you’re on a public road that
is being used by other motorists, think
about what could go wrong before you
do something risky.”
He said accidents happen but the
preventable ones are the most frustrating
for emergency ser vices. — NZ N
Man assaulted in home invasion
A man and and his family have
been left traumatised after he was
assaulted at his Southland home by
an armed group.
examination at the property near
Thornbury, 30km north-west of
Invercargill, yesterday and are
seeking information from the
Detective sergeant John Kean
said the man received fractures to
his neck and a laceration to his
head during the incident late on
He was treated at Southland
Hospital and discharged.
“Both he and his partner along
with their child, who was also
home at the time, have been
traumatised by this serious,
cowardly and unprovoked attack,”
Mr Kean said.
He said the occupants of the
house in Limestone Plains Road
were woken by knocking about
When they opened the door, they
were confronted by a person with a
Mr Kean said the person and two
others, at least one of whom was
also believed to have had a firearm,
forced their way in.
During a struggle, the victim was
taken outside, assaulted and was
left lying injured on the lawn.
Mr Kean said the offenders tried
to search the house, although it was
not known if anything was taken.
They left in a car, with possibly
a fourth person as the driver, and
were thought to have travelled
towards Thornbury. — N ZN
Port crane repairs months away
The two cranes at Wellington’s
port knocked out of action by the
Kaikoura earthquake may not be
back working for up to six months.
Centre Port was badly damaged
in the November 14 quake, with
the container area hardest hit.
The port has three gantry cranes.
Two container cranes, which are
more than 86m high and weigh
720 tonnes each, were rendered
inoperable by ground uplift.
In the coming weeks work would
secure the cranes. However, it
could be four to six months before
container operations could resume,
chief executive Derek Nind said in
That means ships without their
own cranes would not be able to
load or unload at the port during
that time, forcing them to use other
ports. However, the port says two
“geared ships” had already visited
since the quake.
Centre Port was aware of the
importance of container shipping
to the region and had worked hard
to get ships with cranes into the
port, Mr Nind said.
Work on the gantry cranes will
also aim to prevent them being
knocked out in the event of another
Centre Port ’s movement of ferries,
fuel, logs, cars, and cruise ships
continued to operate normally, Mr
Nind said. — N ZN
EU leaders talk up trade deal prospects
European Union leaders have
talked up the prospects of a free
trade agreement, saying it would
send a strong political signal as
protectionism takes hold elsewhere.
Bill English arrived in Brussels
overnight on his first official
overseas trip as Prime Minister.
After meeting Mr English,
European Council president Donald
Tusk and European Commission
president Jean-Claude Juncker said
they expected formal negotiations
for the long-awaited free trade
agreement between the EU and New
Zealand to begin soon. Mr Tusk said
it would further strengthen relations.
Mr Juncker also said he was
“very eager” to conclude a trade
agreement. He was optimistic a
New Zealand-EU deal could be
finalised in three years — half the
time it usually took and less than
a third of the 10 years it took for
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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