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Fatal crash near Tirau
A person has died and two others
have moderate injuries after a crash
involving two cars about 50km
south-east of Hamilton yesterday
afternoon. Police and emergency
ser vices attended the crash on
State highway 1, about 4km north
of Tirau. The accident yesterday
afternoon closed the highway
between State highway 27 and State
highway 29 for several hours.
A man who nearly drowned at
Goat Island north of Auckland
was flown to hospital. The man in
his 30s was pulled unconscious but
breathing from the water about
12.30pm on Saturday before being
revived by emergency ser vices
workers at the scene, a St John
spokesman said. He was then flown
to hospital in a serious condition
by the Auckland Westpac rescue
helicopter. — NZ N
Bar brawl man critical
A man has been critically injured
after being knocked out in a brawl
near an Auckland bar. An unknown
man assaulted the 35-year-old
outside The Right Track Sports Bar
on Fort Street in Auckland’s city
centre about 3.25am on Saturday,
police say. The injured man was
taken to Auckland Hospital. Police
are investigating the assault and plan
to check CCTV footage from the
area. — NZN
Crash victim critical
A person was critically injured in
a crash in south Auckland. St John
attended the crash in Karaka near
the intersection of Linwood and
Walters roads about 3.46am on
Saturday, police said. — NZ N
Lotto prize shared
Three tickets, sold in Otago,
Rotorua and Whangarei, shared the
division one prize in Lotto draw No
1612 on Saturday, each taking home
$333,333. Successful numbers were
1, 2, 11, 31, 32, 38; bonus 27. Strike
numbers were 38, 31, 32, 1. There
was one Strike Four winner, from
Christchurch, scooping $624,922.
Powerball number 5. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13624:
47, 48, 52, 53, 57, 69, 70, 76, 80.
Draw No 13625: 6, 8, 9, 10, 20, 25,
38, 41, 48, 53, 54, 58, 59, 60, 64, 67,
70, 71, 76, 78. Draw No 13626: 12,
14, 17, 22, 27, 31, 36, 37, 41, 44,
48, 51, 52, 54, 60, 64, 65, 69, 70, 71.
Draw No 13627: 3, 9, 16, 17, 20, 24,
25, 27, 34, 41, 48, 52, 53, 56, 57, 61,
62, 65, 66, 71. Draw No 13628: 3, 4,
26, 29, 37, 54, 70, 71, 72. Draw No
13629: 2, 3, 6, 15, 16, 26, 30, 32, 33,
41, 42, 45, 47, 51, 62, 69, 73, 77, 79,
80. Draw No 13630: 3, 9, 10, 15, 19,
33, 44, 45, 47, 50, 52, 54, 55, 56, 61,
68, 72, 77, 78, 80. Draw No 13631: 4,
5, 8, 13, 18, 28, 31, 33, 37, 39, 42, 45,
46, 50, 52, 54, 55, 57, 61, 65.
The country’s two wealthiest people
own the same amount as the poorest
30% in New Zealand.
The richest 1% of New Zealanders
own 20% of wealth, while 90% of the
population owns less than half of the
The findings are contained in a
study by Oxfam, which forms part of
a global report the aid agency is to
release today, RNZ reported.
It cited the country’s two wealthiest
New Zealanders — Graeme Hart
Chandler, who have an estimated
worth of $6.5 billion and $3.8 billion
respectively — the same amount of
wealth as the poorest 30% of New
The executive director of O xfam
New Zealand, Rachael Le Mesurier
said it was shocked to discover the
wealth inequity in this country,
saying it is trapping huge numbers
of people in poverty and fracturing
socieities, citing the drop in home
ownership rates as one example.
“New Zealanders love fairness, not
inequality. The Government should
be tackling inequality here and
globally, by cracking down on tax
avoidance wherever it is, and using
that money to make our country,
and the global economy, a fairer
place. This wouldn’t just be the right
thing to do, a more fair economy
would also be simple common sense
and enormously popular with New
Zealanders,” she said.
Labour leader Andrew Little said
improving wages and restoring
home ownership are fundamental to
“ New Zealand has always been
about ensuring everyone has a fair
shot and a fair share,” he said.
“ Rather than building their wealth,
young families are stuck paying
someone else’s mortgage.”
The O xfam research highlighted
the gap between the wealth of
individuals, rather than disposable
incomes. The number of wealthy
New Zealanders worth more than
$50 million also grew from 212 in
October 2015 to 252 in June 2016
— an increase of almost 20%.
Yet figures from Inland Revenue’s
high wealth individuals unit found
more than a third of this group
declared income less than $70,000
in 2015. The 252 individuals were
linked to 7500 entities, some of
whom are in dispute with the agency
over nearly $111m in tax.
Finance Minister Steven Joyce said
it was inevitable some people would
be more successful than others.
There would always be inequality,
but what was important was that
everyone had the opportunity to get
ahead in life, he told RNZ.
Oxfam is not the only organisation
to measure household incomes.
Every year Statistics New Zealand
publishes its household net worth
The 2015 sur vey, published in
June last year, found the country’s
household wealth was concentrated
in the top 20% of households, which
held about 70% of total household
It found the median total net worth
was $289,000 and was comprised of
houses, investments in shares and
It also found an individual’s net
worth increased with age. Those
aged between 15 and 24 years had
the lowest median net worth of
$1000 while those aged over 65 had
the highest of $288,000.
Europeans had the highest net
worth of all ethnic groups of
$114,000, compared to $23,000 for
Maori, $12,000 for Pacific people
and $33,000 for Asians.
Oxfam said New Zealand’s findings
were consistent with other countries
where the gap between rich and poor
was greater than previously thought.
It blamed big business and the
extremely wealthy for the growing
discrepancy, saying they fuelled the
inequality crisis by avoiding taxes,
driving down wages for their workers
and the prices paid to producers and
investing less in their businesses.
The report, which was calculated
using data from global investment
bank Credit Suisse and the Forbes
magazine annual billionaire list,
was being published to coincide
with the annual meeting of the
World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland. New Zealand’s trade
minister Todd McClay was expected
to attend. — NZ N
Two men ‘richer than poorest 30%’
A man has been arrested and charged
for the alleged indecent assault of a
child on a school holiday programme in
The 56-year-old Canterbury man will
appear in the Christchurch District
Court on Thursday, detective sergeant
Brian Cameron said.
On Thursday afternoon, staff at the
holiday programme at Alexandra
Primary School noticed a man talking
to a child in the playground. The man’s
behaviour appeared suspicious and staff
called police. The child was not injured
and was doing well since the incident.
The Ministry of Social Development,
which runs the programme, and the
Ministry of Education have been advised.
Police say it was an isolated incident
and no one else was being sought.
Despite blustery weather, authorities
have kept control of a deliberately-lit
fire on the banks of the Taylor River in
Blenheim that started near Westmount
On Saturday, 30 firefighters and six
helicopters were used to subdue the
blaze, while about 60 residents were
asked to leave their homes mostly
because of heavy smoke.
Marlborough Kaikoura Rural Fire
Authority principal fire officer Richard
McNamara says eight crews and three
diggers remained on site yesterday to
dampen hot spots and make break lines
to protect homes.
Mr McNamara said the fire was
deliberately lit and asked anyone with
information to call authorities.
The Marlborough District Council
said conditions had been difficult due to
warm temperatures and strong winds.
It said emergency teams were installing
a large scale sprinkler line near the back
fences of the homes under threat to
“A heavy duty grader will be used to
scrape off the dry grass to create a bare
earth break and minimise the risk of hot
spots spreading,” the council said.
“Sprinklers will run for the next couple
of days to keep the area dampened
A total fire ban remains in place across
Marlborough and the Taylor River
walkway near Westmount School is
closed with members of the public asked
to stay away from the area. — NZ N
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After battling a rare bone cancer
and helping raise nearly $1 billion
to build a children’s hospital,
the next challenge for a young
American is to study in Dunedin.
University of Otago student
Paddy O’Brien, 18, of San
Francisco, has beaten the odds to
study in D unedin.
In 2009, aged nine, he
developed pain in his left leg
and was rushed to hospital after
collapsing at his home in Mill
Valley, which overlooks the
Golden Gate Bridge.
He was diagnosed with Ewing’s
sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
During the many rounds of
chemotherapy his blond hair fell
out but he remained positive.
Nine months of hospital care also
included two surgeries and four
months of radiation treatment.
“I tried to make the best of
it. Obviously it’s not a good
situation to be in but there’s no
point complaining about it. I was
thankful to be alive.”
The positive attitude attracted
the attention of hospital
management. It made him the
face of a fundraising campaign to
build a children’s hospital in San
In remission, he won a
fundraising challenge to collect
the most donors for the nearly
$1 billion University of California
San Francisco Benioff Children’s
He beat scores of big
technology companies and
celebrities, including actor
At a ground-breaking ceremony,
at 12, he turned the first sod on
the new hospital site and read
his poem Needles about his
The hospital building was
finished in 2014 and his cancer
has remained in remission.
He heard about University of
Otago through a family friend
and “checked it out ” on-line.
“ I feel in love with the campus
— it’s absolutely beautiful.”
He aimed to complete a science
degree in less than three years so
he could focus on his sporting
He is targeting being part of
a United States cycling squad
for the 2020 Olympic Games in
He arrived in D unedin
earlier this month, and was
“over whelmed” by the campus
“ I couldn’t be happier.”
— Otago Daily Times
Good times ahead . . .
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
University of Otago student Paddy O’Brien, of San Francisco, is set for campus life after battling a rare
bone cancer when he was a boy. Inset: Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, the 52nd Speaker of the United
States House of Representatives, meets cancer patient Paddy O’Brien, 12, at the groundbreaking of new
children’s hospital in San Francisco in 2010 in this supplied photo.
Parents stressed over school uniform cost
As parents get ready to send their
little ones back to school, a new
sur vey has revealed almost nine out
of 10 parents are worried about the
cost of kitting out their children.
School uniforms are the biggest
worry for 88% of parents who
experience financial stress when
buying appropriate clothes, while
others want more flexibility in their
schools’ uniform policy.
One in five parents revealed they
sacrificed basic necessities including
food, electricity, clothing and personal
hygiene in order to cater for the cost
of sending their children back to
school, a sur vey by researchers Pure
“It is astonishing for parents that
have difficulty keeping up with
basic everyday costs to then have
to shell out hundreds of dollars
for something they don’t have a
choice in, which doesn’t necessarily
represent affordability or value
for them,” financial coach Shula
Data found the average cost of a
school uniform is $265, while parents
ideally wanted to spend just $131.
Of the more than 500 parents
sur veyed 72% said uniforms were too
expensive while 53% thought they
were poor quality. — NZ N
Police are going door-to-door after an
unsuccessful appeal to find a driver who
hit and killed a 16-year-old skateboarder
Jacob Pakura was rushed to hospital
after being struck in New Lynn on
Saturday night, but died from his
He was a talented student with a
hearing impairment, and was passionate
about automotive engineering.
Police said he was found unconscious
on the side of Rua Road just before
midnight and died at the scene.
This morning Avondale College
principal Brent Lewis paid tribute to
the Year 13 pupil saying the school
community was left stunned as news
spread of his tragic death.
“ It’s horrendous and we’re all deeply
unhappy,” said Lewis.
“ He was a very lively and lovely young
man who was outgoing and a person of
social influence among his peers.”
Jacob was set to return for his final year
at the west Auckland college where he
was enthusiastically studying technology.
He wanted to pursue a career in
automotive and mechanical engineering.
Mr Lewis also confirmed the student
had a hearing impairment.
The college’s head of technology,
Neil Bartlett, described Jacob as a
hardworking, smart student focused on
an automotive career.
“ He was just one of those really nice
kids in the class that created a good
climate and made everyone happy.”
The death would shake the close-knit
department that had appreciated his
practical ability and enthusiasm, he said.
Police said the victim’s family had been
left devastated by the tragedy.
They declined to comment when
approached this morning.
A former neighbour of the teen
described him as “a humble kid”.
“ He was my neighbour for nine years, I
watched him grow up.”
Mr Pakura was on his way to meet the
man’s nephew and other young people
when he was killed. The group waited
for several hours for him to arrive, but
he never did.
They heard the news the following
morning, the man said.
Detective Inspector John Sutton
confirmed the teen was the victim of a
“The scene has been examined by
members of the serious crash unit and
police have been conducting door-to-
door inquiries,” he said.
“ Police are appealing to the driver of
the vehicle, or anyone who knows who
the driver is, to come for ward.
“Police are also asking for any family
members, mechanics, panel beaters
or handy person who has been asked
to fix a vehicle which could have been
involved in a crash overnight, or if
the driver appears suspicious, to come
The accident is believed to have
happened on Saturday between 11.30pm
“Several members of the public have
called police with information and this
is being assessed,” a police spokeswoman
“The family of the victim are devastated
and police and victim support are doing
everything possible to support them
during this time.”
— NZ N-New Zealand Herald
Victim had hearing impairment
The boss of a tour company whose
bus was involved in a dramatic
crash in Tongariro National Park
yesterday, injuring 15 British and
American tourists, says nine have been
discharged from hospital.
The injured tourists, four of whom
were seriously hurt, were taken to four
different North Island hospitals after
their bus crashed down a 10m bank
and into a stream at the intersection
of State highways 47 and 48.
The tourists, in their 60s, were
travelling with Auckland-based tour
company Moa Trek and were on
their way to Napier when the crash
occurred just after 8am.
The company ’s director, Miles Clark,
this morning said staff were in Taupo
and Whanganui, where most of the
injured were being treated.
“ Nine clients have been discharged
so far but six others, including the bus
driver, remain in hospital.
“ Moa Trek will make arrangements
for those discharged to travel back to
“ Moa Trek staff will remain on
site in Whanganui and Rotorua to
continue offering assistance to affected
A staff member at Whanganui
Hospital this morning said two
patients remained in their care and
both were in stable conditions in a
No one from Waikato, Rotorua or
Taupo hospitals could be contacted
today for updates on the other injured
passengers, but a Waikato Hospital
spokeswoman last night confirmed
their two seriously injured patients
Mr Clark said he had spent time
with the injured in Taupo yesterday,
and would do the same today in
“I and the rest of the Moa Trek
team will continue today to provide
assistance first hand in terms of
recovery and support including
accommodation and transport.”
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Most bus passengers out of hospital
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
A member of the search and rescue team at the scene of the bus crash on
State highway 47 near the Chateau Tongariro.
Couple’s deaths referred to coroner
Police have named the two people
found dead at a house in Hawke’s
Bay on Saturday.
There were husband and wife
Kevin Douglas Maulder, 68, and
Patricia Anne Maulder, 67.
Police said they were not looking
for anyone else in connection to
the deaths and the matter is being
referred to the coroner.
Kevin Maulder worked at Johnson
Electrical but his boss was too upset
to talk to the media.
The couple also owned Sunset
Dairy on Racecourse Road for
about 10 years but the company
dissolved in May 1993.
Their bodies were found just
before 9am on Saturday after
family members contacted local
police with information, police said.
Neighbours along Porangahau
Road were reluctant to talk about
Teams of police were at the
semi-rural property for most of
the weekend trying to determine
the circumstances surrounding the
Detective Rob Jones said an
investigation was launched shortly
before 9am on Saturday.
A forensic team from ESR was
called in to examine the couple’s
Yesterday police issued
statement saying they were not
seeking anyone else in connection
with the deaths.
Central Hawke’s Bay Mayor Alex
Walker expressed sympathy but
said she could not provide any more
information about what happened.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
An American tourist who sparked
a frantic search after his belongings,
including his passport were found
at Picton, has been located.
Jason Michael Johns, 36, was
found on board a charter yacht in
the Q ueen Charlotte Sound this
The search was sparked after
found a backpack, sleeping bag,
clothing, Mr Johns’s passport and
a wet blanket at the marina early
yesterday morning. — NZ N
American tourist found safe on yacht
A 34-year-old man has been bashed
and robbed by three woman and a man
at an Epsom motel.
Police were called to the motel in
Epsom just after 9.30am yesterday where
the man was seriously injured.
The alleged offenders, three women
and a large Polynesian man, took the
man’s phone and drove off in his car
Police are appealing for sightings of
the car, a grey Audi 3.0 Quattro saloon,
registration HZM895. — N Z N
One badly hurt in crash
A person was seriously injured in a
rollover on an Auckland motor way. The
crash occurred just before 2am yesterday
near Mangere East on the south-western
motor way. St John took the seriously
injured person and another with minor
injuries to Middlemore Hospital. — N Z N
Rival gang members have fought with
weapons during a funeral motorcade in
Police say they received reports from
the public about 8.40pm on Friday of
clashes between Mongrel Mob and
Black Power members.
The fights broke out near the
intersection of Cleary Avenue and
Awatapu Drive as up to 15 vehicles
took part in a funeral motorcade for a
Mongrel Mob member who died in
Kawerau earlier in the day.
Police say they also received a report a
Black Power member had been struck by
a vehicle taking part in the motorcade.
However, no gang members were taken
to hospital with injuries or laid an official
complaint, police said. — NZ N
Gangs in funeral fight
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