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Road crash fatal
One person is dead after a truck
crash at Edendale near Invercargill.
Three others were taken to hospital
after the single-vehicle crash just
before 3am today. Diversions were
in place between St Ronans Road
and Moore Road while major crash
investigators were at the scene. No
other details were available. — NZ N
Motorcycle hits car, pole
A person is in a serious condition
after a motorcycle collided with a car
and a power pole in south Auckland
yesterday. Police, the Fire Ser vice
and St John were called to the crash
in Mangere about 4.20pm. A police
spokeswoman said power lines came
down and Oruarangi Road was
closed for a time.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Light truck hits tree
A Rotorua man was flown to
hospital after the light truck he
was travelling in hit a tree on
Paradise Valley Road about 10.40am
yesterday. Police said three people
were in the truck when it left the
road and struck the tree about 2km
down Paradise Valley Road from
State highway 5 near Wingspan.
A 21-year-old man driving the
truck and a 21-year-old female
passenger were checked at the scene
and released. A 22-year-old man
had to be cut free and was initially
flown to Waikato Hospital before
being transferred to Middlemore in
Auckland in a serious condition with
suspected spinal injuries.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Two hurt in acid spill
Two people were injured in
Auckland after a forklift punctured
a drum containing nitric acid. A
Fire Ser vice spokesman said crews
cleaned up the spill. The drum had
a 200-litre capacity and about 150
litres of the highly corrosive acid
spilled out, leading to an evacuation
of the building. Two employees of
the company were affected by fumes
and taken to hospital with injuries
described as moderate. — NZ N
Canterbury river caution
High levels of toxic algae have
been found in the Hurunui River
at State highway 1 and people have
been warned to avoid the area. The
Canterbury District Health Board
said animals, particularly dogs, should
also be kept away because of the
high levels of the potentially toxic
benthic cyanobacteria Phormidium.
Medical officer of health Dr Alistair
Humphrey said the cyanobacteria
(algae) look like dark brown to black
mats and can produce toxins harmful
to people and animals. — NZN
Numbers in Keno draw No 13616:
48, 50, 55, 58, 61, 64, 69, 79. Draw No
13617: 2, 9, 13, 16, 20, 24, 29, 32, 37,
39, 43, 50, 63, 65, 69, 71, 72, 74, 79, 80.
Draw No 13618: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 17,
25, 30, 35, 36, 38, 45, 55, 59, 63, 65, 70,
72, 74. Draw No 13619: 5, 9, 14, 15,
24, 29, 35, 37, 40, 44, 46, 49, 53, 56, 58,
59, 60, 63, 64, 68.
Ardern, Genter to contest Mt Albert
A grandfather and patched Bandidos
gang member has been jailed for 20
months for handling four firearms stolen
in a high-profile gun theft.
Grant Andrew Latimer, 57, was not
responsible for the burglary of a D unedin
house on October 25 when four rifles,
23 pistols, a shotgun and 25,000 rounds
of ammunition were taken.
But he was found in possession of one
of the pistols, which led to police finding
three military-style, semi-automatic
firearms at a Waitati address.
Latimer had previously pleaded guilty
before the Dunedin District Court to
four counts of possessing a firearm and
four of receiving, as well as possessing
2400 rounds for the firearms.
A summary of facts revealed new
details regarding the burglary, on which
police have remained tight-lipped since
arrests were made last year.
Offenders removed a window from the
front door of the Maitland Street house
to gain entry.
Once inside, they removed the firearms
and ammunition from a storage cabinet,
the summary said.
A list of names and contact details
for local pistol club members was also
Defence lawyer Elliot Higbee said his
client had possession of the rifles for
only a short time.
The defendant came to D unedin on
November 8 with associates and the
following day couriered bags from a
house on Canongate to Waitati in a
black Peugeot stationwagon.
Once there, a member of his party
said they were storing something at the
address and Latimer hid the two bags
containing the firearms.
He later returned that afternoon to get
the pistol and went back to Dunedin,
where he met an associate.
At 11.10pm they headed north again
with Latimer at the wheel but police
signalled for them to pull over as they
drove through Waikouaiti.
The 57-year-old attempted to speed
away but was eventually blocked in by
another police car and stopped.
They found the pistol and 0.1gm
of amphetamine in the car and later
executed a search warrant at the Waitati
house where they found the other
Judge Kevin Phillips
Mr Higbee’s suggestion leave to apply
for home detention should be granted.
— Otago Daily Times
Man jailed on firearms charges
A man collapsed and died late yesterday
afternoon after a medical event while he
was driving near Otematata.
It appeared the man drove into a
roadside barrier, got out of the car and
The incident happened just before 4pm
on State highway 83, north-west of the
Aviemore hydro station.
Senior constable Craig Bennett, of
Kurow, believed the Mazda had drifted
off the road at low speed and into the
The front of the car had minor damage
and its bumper was left at the impact
zone, almost 70m from where the car
came to a stop.
Constable Jay Morriss, of Oamaru, said
two passengers in the car were teenagers,
a male and a female who did not require
medical attention but were in shock.
“It could have been a lot worse if the
barrier wasn’t there.”
The barrier is between the road and a
steep bank down to Lake Aviemore.
The road was reduced to one lane as
emergency ser vices cleared the scene and
closed for a short time as the ambulance
prepared to leave, traffic banking up on
Mr Bennett said passers-by offered
medical assistance to the crash sur vivors.
— Otago Daily Times
Next month’s Mount Albert by-
election will be a battle between the
left parties with Labour’s Jacinda
Ardern and Green Party’s Julie Anne
Genter named as candidates within
hours of each other.
Ms Ardern, a list MP who has made
three attempts to secure an electorate
seat in neighbouring Auckland
Central, will be confirmed as Labour’s
candidate later this month after being
the only person nominated.
The by-election in the safe Labour
seat is to replace David Shearer, who
resigned from parliament last year to
lead a United Nations peacekeeping
mission in South Sudan.
Mr Shearer won the seat in 2014
with more than 20,900 votes over
National’s 10,300 and the Green
Party’s little over 3000.
Just 3000 votes separated the
Labour and Green parties in the party
vote, but that is not recorded in a by-
“Labour will be taking nothing for
granted and intends to earn a new
mandate in Mount Albert by talking
to the local community and focusing
on how a Labour-led government can
build a better New Zealand,” Labour
Party general secretary Andrew
Prime Minister Bill English declared
Ms Ardern would be “difficult to
beat ” after revealing National would
not run a candidate against her in the
The party will instead look ahead
to contesting the seat in the general
election later in the year.
announcement Ms Genter, a Green
Party list MP, took to Twitter to
announce she had been selected as her
The health, transport and Auckland
issues spokeswoman was confirmed
at a selection meeting on Thursday
Green co-leader James Shaw said
Ms Genter had been a strong voice
for the party on public transport and
housing, two of the biggest issues
“ I also look for ward to seeing
two dynamic and talented women
standing in Mount Albert. This is
democracy at its best and how politics
should work,” he said.
Nominations do not close until
February 1 but already two other
candidates have thrown their hats
into the ring.
Joe Carolan, who received 290
votes in 2014 as a candidate for the
Internet Mana Party will stand again,
this time representing Socialist
The only competition from the right
comes from Vin Tomar, who will
represent the New Zealand People’s
The by-election will be held on
February 25. — NZN
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Kiwiburn is set to kick off in
Hunter ville with 1600 burners
settling in Rangitikei at the end
of the month.
This year will be the biggest
event to date, exceeding last years
burn by 100 tickets.
Its based on the annual week-
long Burning Man festival in
Black Rock Desert, Nevada.
While the five-day New Zealand
version may not have the size,
organiser Shelley Watson says
it has come a long way since it
started in 2004. She recalls only
140 people in 2007.
Forty camps will be set up
throughout the event, each
ser ving a different function.
“ We’ve had a sound camp set up
before, called Dance-a -lot. It ’ll be
their fifth year here.
“There a camp that does talks on
various things called Chur. One
has set itself up as the bar for the
first Star Wars movie.”
She said Burning Man is based
on a principle of self-reliance
and gifting. This means that
no money can be used at the
event, attendees must bring all
they need and rely on gifts from
“People will think about
something they want to share
with others. It may be they’re
a singer and their gift is their
music, it may be that someone’s a
“It ’s often food. A camp may
put on a breakfast, say between
9-11am on Sunday morning we’re
going to have pancakes.
“It ’s usually not a problem.
People are usually amazingly
Each year the overall theme
is different, with this festival
celebrating The Robots are
“Some people are building
actual robots that will go along
on wheels that will do things
like move. I don’t think they ’re
huge, but they ’ll be really fun
and people will dress up in robot
The top bot on display for the
event will be a giant metal weta.
One point 8m high and 8m
long, the weta was welded
together from sheet metal in
Auckland. It will weigh two to
three tonnes and shoot fire from
its antennae using LPG.
Project manager Hippathy
Valentine says the breathtaking
bug was at the Burning Man
festival in Nevada in August and
is now making its way home
across the sea to New Zealand.
“It had its premiere showing,
where it was received many
He is stoked with the creation,
which was put together through
donations and the work of 60
“ I think what we’ve made is
amazingly gorgeous. Pretty much
everyone learned to weld within a
week of the project.”
He believes the weta is an
appropriate symbol for Kiwiburn.
“ Its something that really
resonates with people as
something that represents New
Zealand. I mean we all have or
own story about a weta.
“ How many countries have a
90-million-year-old living fossil
they can champion?”
The festival will run from
January 25-30, attendees are
encouraged to read the Kiwiburn
sur vival guide and follow the 10
Burning Man guiding principles
of “radical”inclusion, self-reliance
and self-expression, community
cooperation, civic responsibility,
participation, immediacy and
leaving no trace.
Ex-burner Pania Molloy said
last year’s event was a blast.
“Its crazy. You can be a big kid.
There’s a really cool atmosphere
as soon as you hit the gate, with
kinda of like-minded people.”
The five days will culminate in
the burning of a giant wooden
— NZ ME-Wanganui Chronicle
Breathtaking bug at Kiwiburn
PICTURE: Wanganui Chronicle
The giant weta set for Kiwiburn, displayed in the Nevada Desert.
Revelations about miners
A documentary film being made
by the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
explodes several myths about early
Chinese links with Dunedin.
“O ur project will clear up some
common misconceptions about
the historical Chinese population
of D unedin,” museum exhibition
developer and film producer William
The Journey To Lan Yuan
documents the Chinese in Otago
from their initial arrival in 1865 up to
the present day.
The Dunedin Chinese Garden is
also called Lan Yuan.
Mr McKee said many people did
not realise Otago’s first Chinese
gold-miners were formally invited by
the Otago Provincial Government in
1865, because of a “ labour shortage
across the province”.
The Provincial Government had
guaranteed the safety of all Chinese
in Otago, but when that form of
government was abolished in 1876
and replaced by central government,
the “guarantees it made went with it”.
“So from a comparative peaceful
co-existence with Europeans in the
1870s, the Chinese experienced
much discrimination in the 1880s”,
sanctioned by central government, he
Museum curator and historian Sean
Brosnahan, is the documentary’s
presenter. The work had been
undertaken “in-house” by the settlers
museum and Chinese Garden.
The documentary cost less than
$50,000 to make.
The total cost came from external
sources, including a $20,000 grant
from the Community Trust of Otago.
The film highlighted the
“remarkable” reality of some of the
“tough living conditions” the Chinese
gold-miners faced around Otago.
“ When you consider that nobody
lives near many of these places due
to the surrounding environment 150
years later, it ’s little wonder some of
them perished,” he said.
“ To get to these locations we have
tramped, used helicopters, four-wheel-
drives and even jetboats,” he said.
The film will be launched at Chinese
New Year, January 28.
Retired family GP and Otago
community historian Dr James Ng
welcomed the documentary, which
he said would play a “positive” role in
raising awareness of the Chinese role
in D unedin’s history.
Goldminers of all ancestries faced
harsh conditions on Otago’s 19th-
century goldfields, and for part of
that early history, Chinese workers
comprised about 40% of the province’s
overall gold-mining workforce, he
said. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum exhibition developer William McKee holds
an Otago history book as he edits a film documentar y tracing the history of
Chinese links with Dunedin. The documentar y, in which museum curator
and historian Sean Brosnahan, pictured below, is the presenter, draws on an
historical work, Windows on A Chinese Past, by Dunedin historian Dr Jim
Police release murder
A man yelled “What have we
done?” as he fled the home of
Upper Hutt woman Lois Tolley on
the night of her killing, police say.
Police are looking for four men
in their 20s after a 30-year-old
woman was killed at her home in
The 30-year-old was stabbed and
shot at point-blank range in her
home on 10 December.
Police said it was possible one or
more women were involved.
Police have used CCTV footage
to identify two vehicles of interest
in the case of murdered Upper Hutt
woman Lois Tolley.
The vehicles, a blue Subaru and a
silver, lowered, sedan-type car with
black wheels, were both seen in
the area around Tolley ’s flat at the
time of her death, detective senior
sergeant Glenn Barnett said.
Police want to hear from anyone
who recognises the vehicles, or
anyone who has information which
might help to identify the vehicles’
“The investigation team continues
to review CCTV footage from the
night that Lois was killed and we’re
confident that we will find more
footage that captures the offenders
and the vehicles used,’’ Mr Barnett
descriptions of four suspects.
Suspect one is a tall male, around
1.88m with a skinny build, in his
20s to 30s. He was wearing dark,
baggy clothing, a hoody with the
hood up, dark, low-slung pants, and
possibly white under wear. Police
also say he was carrying a large,
Suspect two is a male, shorter
than the first suspect, with a skinny
build, who was wearing dark, baggy
Suspect three is a tall male with
a lean build, wearing dark clothing,
long dark pants, and a hoody with
the hood up.
Suspect four is a male who
“sounded younger than the other
suspects’’ and is believed to be the
man who was seen upset outside
Ms Tolley’s flat, Mr Barnett said.
“Police acknowledge that these
descriptions are not very detailed,
but we reiterate what we’ve said
before — somebody knows who
these people are, and they need to
come for ward and share what they
know with police,’’ he said.
“As advised last week, police now
believe it is also possible that one or
more females may be involved.
It is also possible that more than
the four people sighted outside
Lois’s flat that night know what has
happened and who is responsible
for her death.’’
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A New Zealand rescue helicopter
is flying an 800km round-trip
medevac mission after a woman
was bitten by a sea lion pup.
The woman’s finger became
infected after she cut it nine days
ago while assisting researchers
to swab sea lion pup mouths on
remote Enderby Island, part of the
Auckland Islands archipelago south
of New Zealand.
“Sea lion bites are known to result
in infected wounds,” Rescue Co-
ordination Centre New Zealand’s
John Dickson says.
“A doctor on a nearby cruise
liner assessed the wound and
recommended she be evacuated
to hospital as a precaution as her
condition is not responding to
Invercargill at 9.40am today when
the weather cleared and is expected
to return around late afternoon.
“The 800km round-trip is a
delicate operation due to the
remoteness of the island,” Mr
He said the helicopter would
refuel on Enderby Island before
making the return journey. — NZ N
Sea lion bite prompts long rescue flight
A man has died from a head injury days
after falling off the roof of a moving car
Police said today the man died from his
injuries in Waikato Hospital following
the accident in Collins Street, Te Hapara,
just after 5am on January 8.
Officers are continuing to investigate
the circumstances of the man’s death.
Fall injuries fatal
Hacking is possible during this year’s
general election, but Prime Minister
Bill English said he could not see why
anyone would want to.
Responding to claims Russia influenced
the United States election outcome,
Mr English admitted it was possible
hackers might try to do the same in New
“Just why someone would want to
interfere with our elections would be
hard to imagine,” he said while travelling
in Europe on his first overseas trip as
Mr English admitted he did not know
if Russia spies on New Zealand but did
not believe the fact New Zealand is part
of the Five Eyes spy alliance, along with
the United States, United Kingdom,
Australia and Canada, is a risk.
“One of New Zealand’s benefits is
because we’re a long way away and
fairly small we don’t attract too much
attention,” Mr English said.
The prime minister is yet to set a date
for this year’s election, but it is expected
in the second half of the year. — NZ N
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