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Tot injury investigation
Police are investigating how
an 18-month-old girl suffered
“non-accidental injuries” after an
incident near her Hamilton home.
The toddler remains in Waikato
Hospital with moderate injuries.
Detective senior sergeant Nigel Keall
said police were called last night.
The initial incident was not at the
girl’s home in Fairfield’s Halberg
Crescent, but in a public place.
He said police were sufficiently
concerned to launch an investigation.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Man’s face burned
A man suffered burns to 5% of
his face after collapsing onto his
lawnmower. The man, in his 50s,
suffered a medical event while
mowing his lawns in Onetangi on
Waiheke Island. The Auckland
Westpac rescue helicopter flew the
man to Auckland City Hospital in a
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A strong earthquake jolted the
upper South Island yesterday. The
magnitude 5.1 quake recorded by
Geonet as “severe” struck 15km
east of Seddon at 1.20pm. Within
minutes more than 4500 people
had reported feeling the sharp jolt,
most in the lower North Island. It
came days after the last severe quake,
a magnitude 5.3 near Seddon on
Friday. — NZ N
Sheep bowl woman
A woman in her 70s has been
flown to hospital after being
knocked over by sheep. St John were
alerted to the incident at a private
property in Birchwood Wairio Road,
near Ohai, Southland, at 2.14pm.
Paramedics were told the woman
was knocked over by sheep. She was
flown to Southland Hospital by with
moderate injuries. — NZ ME
Lamb not claimed
The sheep found in central
Dunedin has not been claimed. The
Perendale lamb was discovered in
Moray Place about 2pm on Monday.
Dunedin City Council compliance,
animal and parking ser vices team
leader Peter Hanlin said nobody had
come for ward to claim the ewe lamb.
— Otago Daily Times
A ticket sold in Franklin won its
holder $1 million in division one
of Lotto draw No 1611 last night.
Successful numbers were 9, 13, 22, 29,
32, 40; bonus 16. Strike numbers were
29, 22, 13, 32. There was no Strike
Four winner. Powerball number 5.
There was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13612:
4, 15, 25, 26, 32, 35, 37, 38, 42, 47, 49,
51, 52, 56, 60, 63, 70, 71, 74, 77. Draw
No 13613: 2, 8, 9, 19, 33, 37, 38, 41, 42,
43, 55, 58, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75, 77, 79, 80.
Draw No 13614: 2, 15, 17, 18, 19, 28,
30, 36, 39, 46, 48, 50, 54, 55, 58, 65, 67,
68, 72, 74. Draw No 13615: 2, 17, 24,
28, 31, 32, 35, 41, 42, 44, 46, 48, 54, 55,
60, 61, 64, 69, 70, 78.
Coroner says fatal crash probably failed suicide bid
Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison was
“ back to business as usual” after a bomb
threat forced the jail into lockdown.
Corrections said the prison received
a bomb threat over the phone about
But operations returned to normal by
the afternoon after a police search found
nothing. — NZ N
No bomb at jail
A yachtsman who went missing with
his six-year-old daughter in December
has told how the pair saw “plenty of
whales” while international searches for
their pair were under way.
Alan Langdon, 46, and his daughter
Que were located in Australia this week,
almost a month after they were last seen
on December 17.
Mr Langdon was in the middle of a
custody dispute with his former wife,
Que’s mother Ariane Wyler, when they
disappeared, prompting widespread
searches of the New Zealand coast.
Interpol also became involved after it
was revealed Mr Langdon might head
The pair landed at Ulladulla on the
New South Wales coast earlier this week,
New Zealand police and child recovery
specialist Colin Chapman announced
Mr Langdon told local newspaper the
Milton and Ulladulla Times that he
and Que were looking for ward to much
needed rest after the trip, for most of
which they were left with just one rudder
after the other broke.
“I tell you I learned a lot about sailing,”
“ Yes we are safe and well. We were
always safe, we just couldn’t let anyone
He described his daughter as happy
and revealed they saw lots of whales on
Mr Chapman, who was hired by Ms
Wyler to find Que, said the girl’s mother
was over the moon to hear the pair had
It is believed Mr Langdon and Que
had been in Australia for about two
days before authorities were notified by
a member of the public who had seen
Mr Langdon is understood to be
co-operating with Australian authorities.
It is not clear if Mr Langdon will
face any charges. Q ue does not have a
passport and the pair did not enter the
country legally. — NZ N
safe in Aust
A driver found not guilty for
killing a Napier kindergarten teacher
in a car crash probably caused her
death in a failed suicide, a coroner
Pam McGar va died 10 days after
the female driver crashed into her on
Prebensen Drive in Napier, in 2014.
The woman was found not guilty of
manslaughter, after police alleged she
purposely swer ved into McGar va to
try to kill herself.
Coroner Tim Scott found there to
be “significant ” evidence about the
driver’s suicidal tendencies that can
be relied upon.
Prior to the crash the driver’s
boyfriend had broken up with her.
In a state of distress she had driven
off in her car. Mr Scott considered
the possibility the driver intended to
crash into a tree or a drainage ditch
but found that to be unlikely “as the
area where the crash occurred is and
was largely free of such obstacles”.
“There is no logical or likely
explanation for how and why the
crash occurred other than it being an
attempt by (the driver) to take her
“(The driver) had a history of
suicidal thoughts and there were
occasions where she came close to
Mr Scott thought the driver had
made a “snap decision” to drive into
the other car in the hope that it
would cause her own death.
“I do not think that she meant
to cause harm, much less death,
to Pamela. To my mind she was
thinking about her own position and
what the outcome might be rather
than intending to cause any harm to
The coroner suppressed the driver’s
name, along with some other names,
medical information and evidence.
Mr Scott found the evidence
given by the driver’s father at the
inquest hearing to be unreliable.
Her father said that he had never
had any concerns about the driver
being suicidal. But he then made
the concession that he had called
the police once before about the
possibility the driver was suicidal.
In a recording of the phone call to
police he said “there is also a chance
she might just drive into someone
and kill herself or someone else”.
The driver refused to make a
statement to police and did not give
evidence at her jury trial.
She said she had no memory of the
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
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Aluminium High Grade
A protected green gecko which
suffered severe burns to its
four feet during a scrub fire in
Northland is expected to sur vive
but will not be returned to the
The native reptile was handed
to the Native Bird Recovery
Centre in Whangarei last Friday
by Department of Conser vation
staff who found it after the fire
in Pouto was brought under
Centre manager Robert Webb
said he was amazed the gecko,
possibly a female that could be
pregnant, was still alive after what
it went through.
A small part of its belly was also
The gecko started eating
on Monday. Mr Webb said it
could be suitable for a breeding
programme for a zoo, other wise
he would keep it for as long as
“It started eating on Monday
which is good but I doubt it can
be returned to the wild because
it can’t climb anymore. The ends
of its toes are missing. They
normally have quite big toes. ”
Mr Webb has been feeding the
creature with worms, a little moss
and honey on the end of a match
“The thing that worries me is
there are other geckos the firemen
couldn’t find. Lots of them would
have been on trees but luckily this
one was on the ground.”
Apart from geckos, Pouto
Peninsula was a perfect habitat
for kiwi and other birds so people
should think of the danger to
wildlife before lighting fires, he
The scrub fire on Thursday was
among several suspicious scrub
and grass fires in Northland over
the past seven days that stretched
resources and put the lives of
people and wildlife in danger.
Three of the fires were at Pouto.
“ You see firemen who work in
those conditions but they still get
burns. There are idiots out there
who set fires so they are able to
watch the helicopters and all the
excitement, but nobody thinks
“They don’t stand a chance. Fires
this time are worse because birds
have babies and fires like these go
through very rapidly.
“ Fires are a kick in the guts
of all those landcare volunteers
who’ve been slaving down there,
preser ving natural habitats and
making sure they are pest free.”
Geckos can live up to 40 years
and their main predators are cats,
weasels, stoats and hedgehogs.
— N Z ME-Northern Advocate
Burned gecko likely to sur vive
PICTURE: Northern Advocate
This Northland green gecko suffered severe burns to all its four feet and part of its belly charred in a
Five days before the
district health boards
are not hopeful it will be
A spokesman for the
affected DHBs said more
industrial talks scheduled
for today were “unlikely” to
avert the three-day strike
starting on Tuesday.
“The issues that were live
before Christmas are still
“ It seems unlikely that
we’ll avert it.
But the spokesman also claimed the
appetite of some junior doctors for strike
action had “waned”. This is despite the
fact DHBs expect more doctors to walk
off the job than in the previous strike.
An influx of hundreds of new doctors
who gained employment late last year
after graduating has boosted the union’s
The spokesman said the New Zealand
Resident Doctors’ Association failed to
secure support from their members in
two DHBs this time — West Coast and
Taranaki. Last time, doctors in all 20
DHBs voted to strike.
The spokesman said he expected more
doctors in the 18 affected DHBs to
ignore the strike notice.
“The appetite for strikes among
resident medical officers has waned.
“The people who are saying they are
not going on strike tend to be the more
senior resident medical officers.
“The more senior they are, the more
independent they are inside
of the hospital system.”
Last October, about 48%
of all junior doctors (also
known as resident medical
officers) went on strike for
secretary Deborah Powell
said the continuation of the
talks was positive.
“It would only be
conjecture on my part to
say what might be the
outcome . . . but at least we
are still talking, which is
the only way we will get settlement,” Dr
Dr Powell disputed the claim that
interest in the industrial action was
waning among her members.
The long-running dispute centres on
safe working hours and rosters.
A statement from Southern DHB said
it was working through contingency
planning for the industrial action.
“ Patients scheduled for either elective
surgery or an outpatient clinic will be
contacted directly, either by phone or
mail, if their appointment needs to be
postponed,” interim chief executive
Chris Fleming said.
In the October strike, 52 Southern
DHB patients had a procedure
postponed and 725 outpatients had a
hospital appointment postponed.
Another 52 patients were not booked
for an appointment or procedure once
the strike notice was received, the
southern board said at the time.
— Otago Daily Times
Sliding home ownership rates are a
“disaster in the making”, the Property
Home ownership is nudging a new
low with the least number of people
living in their own homes in 66 years.
Nationwide 63.2% of people today
live in their own homes — the lowest
rate since the 61.2% recorded at the
1951 census — with 33% living in a
Statistics New Zealand D welling
and Household Estimates data
released on Tuesday showed of the
1.8 million homes, 1.2 million were
owner-occupied in December 2016,
and 604,900 were renting.
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
Property Institute chief executive
Ashley Church said the situation
“threatens the fundamentals of what
it means to be a Kiwi”.
While numerous factors influenced
ownership rates, Mr Church singled
out the Reser ve Bank.
The Reser ve Bank’s policies had
made it “almost impossible for
first home buyers to get into their
first home and risk locking in a
fundamental social change that will
affect people for a generation”.
The bank in 2015 introduced loan-
to-value ratios that required most
home buyers in Auckland to have at
least a 20% deposit. These rules were
extended to the whole country last
September. Property investors need a
Mr Church said the restrictions
had “totally missed the mark”
and treated “first home buyers as
expendable fodder on the altar of
a misguided economic and social
“ It isn’t just about the value of the
house as an asset — it’s also about
what you can do with that house.
Mums and dads use the equity in their
homes to buy businesses, fund further
education, fund their retirement and
help out their kids.
“Those options won’t be available
for those who aren’t able to buy a
home and it ’s a disaster waiting to
happen — not just for the individuals
affected — but for the economy as a
“There’s also the impact on
communities, from a generation of
renters, who won’t have the same
ownership stake in the places where
they live. That ’s bad news for our
culture,” he said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
‘Generational disaster’ from sliding home ownership rates
Police appeal over
Waikato woman Kim Richmond has
not been seen in more than five months
and police say it is unlikely she is still
The 42-year-old left her Wharepapa
South farm in her silver Ford Ranger
utility vehicle in the early hours of July
31 last year in circumstances that police
and family say is completely out of
The investigation is still ongoing and
police are hopeful they can find her car,
with the registration HKD553, which
may provide clues.
“ Unfortunately it has been a long
time since Kim went missing and we
believe it is unlikely that she will still
be found alive,” detective Paul Galletta
“The investigation into her appearance,
which is completely out of character, is
very much still an active one and we’re
focused on finding her and establishing
the circumstances around what has
Two bank cards and a farm card
belonging to Ms Richmond were
discovered near State highway 46 several
months after her disappearance.
Officers are now appealing for anyone
who may have seen someone throwing
something from a vehicle in that area in
late September or early October.
“ It has been a trying five months
for Kim’s family and friends and we
thank them for their support in our
investigation,” Mr Galletta said. “If you
think you have even the smallest piece
of information about Kim or the vehicle
which may help us in our investigation,
please come for ward. ” — NZN
A mentally disturbed woman who
attempted to hijack a flight from
Blenheim to Christchurch has been
banned from Wellington Airport
before her potential release from
Asha Ali Abdille stabbed both
pilots and a female passenger
suffered minor wounds restraining
Abdille on the Air New Zealand
flight in February 2008.
“ Normally we would not discuss
individual cases but given this is in
the public interest we can confirm
in co-ordination with airport police
we have a standing trespass notice
in place and would continue to
monitor the situation,” a Wellington
Airport spokesman said yesterday.
“The safety of passengers is our top
Abdille, whose nine-year sentence
is due to end next month, is
classified as high risk.
According to a Parole Board
hearing summary earlier this
month, Abdille “said that she will
attempt to hijack another plane
and has threatened to set herself on
The report also said hospital staff
maintained “ongoing concerns
about potential risky behaviour in
the community on any release”.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Hijacker banned from airport
A Taranaki woman distributed
nude photos of her husband’s
mistress after finding out about the
Gaylyne Joy Fowler, 49, appeared
before Judge Philip Crayton
yesterday in the Hawera District
Court on a charge of objectionable
The court heard Fowler, who has
no prior convictions, discovered her
husband was having an affair when
the woman in question e-mailed
nude photos of herself to Fowler’s
The photographs were seen by
Fowler’s teenage son, which led to
Fowler finding out about the affair.
This led to the end of her marriage,
the court heard. The affair, and
subsequent discovery, happened in
2014. However, Fowler kept copies
of the photographs as well as videos
of sexual encounters between the
woman and her husband.
In November last year, Fowler
printed off several copies of the
photographs on to A4 paper
and then placed them on car
windscreens of cars parked in the
Hawera fire station car park at a
time when the fire brigade was
holding a formal presentation
The court was told Fowler’s ex-
husband had been a chief fire
officer with the Hawera Volunteer
A few days later, on November 9,
an unaddressed envelope containing
more nude photos was placed under
the door of the victim’s workplace.
This envelope was opened by the
receptionist at the building, who
handed them to the victim.
Later in the same month, more
of the photos were distributed, to
businesses in Hawera, the Hawera
fire station and to the victim’s
The photos came with messages
made from cut-out newspaper
letters, identifying the victim as
being featured in the photographs.
Police prosecutor sergeant Steve
Hickey said the motive was “fairly
After Fowler entered a guilty
plea to the charge, which carried a
maximum $1000 fine, Judge Crayton
told her he imagined she had had
plenty of time to consider the trouble
she had got into as a result.
“ Whatever your motives, and
however aggrieved you may have
felt, you should not have responded
in this way,” he told her, before he
fined her $250.
Fowler was jointly charged with
another woman, Myree Mihi
Woodhead, 44, regarding the
Woodhead also has no prior
convictions but did not enter a plea
yesterday and was remanded until
— NZ ME -Stratford Press
Woman guilty of naked truth
Kiwi Rail says a significant section of
the earthquake-damaged main north
line has been reinstated, with the track
from Picton to Grassmere now repaired.
It also said designs for six bridges
along the route, which was hit by
the devastating Kaikoura quake in
November, are near completion.
Network ser vices general manager
Todd Moyle says more than 100 staff,
consultants and contractors had worked
up to and through the holiday period.
They were involved in fixing twisted
track, inspecting and redesigning
replacement bridges and tunnels, and
getting the first part of the line, from
Picton south, working again.
“A key strategic goal was to get the line
to Grassmere completed,” Mr Moyle
“ While there are no major slips in that
area, there were more than 50 medium
scale faults on the line and the track had
been shifted sideways in many sections
along the network. ”
He said work began two and a half
weeks before Christmas, “so to have it
finished by the second week of January
is a remarkable feat ”.
Kiwi Rail plans to do a test run from
Blenheim to Grassmere on Monday.
Mr Moyle also said designing a new
bridge normally took several months,
but the design team already had six
ready to go so construction could begin
in early February.
“There is continuing seismic activity in
the area and so the safety of our work
crews is our No 1 priority,” he said.
“That makes a final completion date
difficult to commit to but there is no
doubt that, despite the size of the project,
we are working to schedule.” — NZN
Section of track repaired
Man on park seat
killed by car
A 54-year-old man has died after a
park bench he was sitting on was struck
by a car at Kaitaia in Northland.
A 20-year-old man has been charged
over the crash on Commerce Road about
He is expected to face the Kaitaia
District Court this afternoon charged
with driving with excessive breath
alcohol causing death. — N Z N
The body of a 48-year-old man missing
in Lake Rotoiti at Rotorua has been
The man, Colin McCormick, was
recovered by search and rescue volunteers
shortly before 7am today.
He was thought to have jumped from
his boat on the lake a week ago, and
failed to resurface. — NZ N
Dead man named
Police have named the man who was
killed in a crash on State highway 25 at
Kopu on Tuesday as Raymond Stewart
Bruce, 76, of Tairua.
Mr Bruce was driving one of two
vehicles which collided head-on just
west of the Kopu Bridge near Thames.
The other driver, a young woman,
remains in a critical condition. An
investigation into the crash is continuing.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
West Coast DHB not included
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