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Farm accident fatal
A young man has died in a
workplace accident at a Hakataramea
Valley farm, north of Oamaru. Police
said this morning the 27-year-old
died at 10.35pm yesterday. Work
Safe NZ has been advised of the
death, which has also been referred
to the coroner. — NZ ME
Track free of norovirus
The trails on Travers-Sabine
Circuit in Nelson Lakes National
Park have been cleared of the
norovirus outbreak. The gastro bug
hit the region about Christmas time,
but the Department of Conser vation
and Nelson Marlborough Health say
the outbreak is over, and the track
is back in use. On January 4 people
were advised to stay away from the
Travers-Sabine Circuit for at least a
week to try to limit the outbreak. No
new cases have been reported since
January 8. — NZN
Truckie leaps for life
A man narrowly escaped with his
life after he leaped from his moving
truck which then crashed and rolled
to a stop. The man, in his 50s, jumped
from his vehicle on the Napier-
Taihape Road near Kuripapango
about 11am yesterday. The truck hit
a steep bank and rolled. The man
was flown by the Lowe Corporation
rescue helicopter to Hawke’s Bay
Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.
He is in a stable condition.
— NZME-Hawke’s BayToday
Crash victim in bad way
A woman involved in a car crash on
a rural road three days ago remains in
a serious condition. The 25-year-old
was in a vehicle that crashed off the
Paparoa-Oakleigh Rd about 4pm
on Friday. When emergency ser vices
arrived the woman was found outside
the vehicle but the windscreen
remained intact. A male in the
vehicle was not injured. The woman
was flown to Auckland Hospital by
the Northland rescue helicopter.
— NZM E -Northern Advocate
Nails thrown on highway
Marlborough police are calling
for a “stupid” nail thrower to stop
before someone gets seriously injured.
Someone has twice thrown nails on
to State highway 1 north of Blenheim
this summer. Sergeant Barrie
Greenall said at least 20 tyres were
punctured on different vehicles on
January 1 and 11 because of the nails.
He said the person could be charged
with manslaughter if the nails caused
a fatal crash. “It is mindless, it is
stupid, and it is inherently dangerous.
I fail to see why somebody would get
gratification from doing this.”
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Bush fire wipes out Coromandel commune
A cyclist has died in a collision with a
truck in Gisborne.
Serious crash investigators were still at
the scene on Awapuni Road at midday
and were working to determine the cause
of the crash, which happened about 9am
today. A section of State highway 35
between State highway 2 and Lytton
Road is expected to be closed until at
least mid-afternoon. — NZ N
Dairy product prices inched higher
at the Global Dairy Trade auction,
stemming two consecutive declines.
The GDT price index rose 0.6% to
$US3517 ($4881), up from $3463
($4806) at the previous auction two
weeks ago. Some 22,030 tonnes of
product was sold, edging down from
22,396 tonnes at the previous auction.
Whole milk powder slipped 0.1% to
$3283 ($4556) a tonne.
“The results are indicative of the overall
dairy market which is currently relatively
balanced,” Agri HQ dairy analyst Susan
Kilsby said in a note. “At present there is
neither a shortage of dairy products or an
excess of product available.
“This situation is likely to persist for
the next few months during which time
prices will most likely bob up and down
from week to week,” she added.
At the latest GDT auction, rennet
casein increased 4.9% to $6470 a tonne,
while anhydrous milk fat rose 3.7% to
$5528 a tonne.
Butter rose 1.6% to $4382 a tonne,
while cheddar added 1.3% to $3940 a
However, butter milk powder sank
10.1% to $2783 a tonne, lactose fell 1.7%
to $813 a tonne, while skim milk powder
slid 1.6% $2612 ($3625) a tonne.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
A fierce fire on the Coromandel
Peninsula is continuing to burn out
of control, claiming properties on a
sustainable farming community.
Firefighters have been monitoring
the explosive bush fire south of
Whitianga which has already burned
six homes to the ground and come
close to destroying others.
The blaze, which now covers 8ha,
has been fuelled by strong south-
The Wilderland Sustainable
Community on the Whitanga
Estuary is the latest casualty of the
blaze with houses, buildings and
orchards destroyed by fire overnight.
The fire has reached the water’s edge
and is now burning back on itself.
Ash the size of cherry tomatoes has
been raining down on residents as far
away as Cooks Beach.
Fire Ser vice northern shift manager
Colin Underdown said ground crews
monitored the fire overnight as homes
on Comers Road came perilously
close to burning.
Last night six Fire Ser vice crews,
several rural brigades and three
helicopters battled the blaze until
This morning more fire crews arrived
and helicopters took to the air again.
Mr Underdown said the fire was
headed up a valley, fanned by strong
winds. It was burning across a 500m
The fire, which was burning on a
peninsula, had taken a dire turn after
burning to the water’s edge before
coming back on itself and burning in
the opposite direction.
The Thames-Coromandel District
Council said people living on Comers
Road, including Wilderland, had
been evacuated and everyone had
been accounted for.
Council spokeswoman Rebekah
Duffin said those forced out of their
homes were staying with friends and
She said the destruction of the
Wilderland farm would be a huge
blow to the area.
Meanwhile the local community
was rallying to help those who had
lost everything, taking in pets and
providing baking for those fighting
coastal townships reported smoke
billowing across the district.
Cooks Beach resident Kelly Picot
said ash was falling the size of cherry
tomatoes was falling from the sky.
Nearby resident Thomas Everth
described the massive fire as
“ F lames stretch 1km. It doesn’t
look like choppers are making much
Mr Everth said there were strong
winds at present. “It ’s hot and dry, and
windy. It’s such a shame.
“ It ’s a wonderful area with big trees.
There’s a few lifestyle properties that
are pretty close to the fire.”
Cassidy Dawson-Tobich said the
size of the fire was immense.
“ It ’s pretty huge. The whole hillside
is lit up. There’s still little explosions
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Like a migrating butterfly,
hot yoga will return to Otago
The inaugural hot yoga class
was held in the museum’s
Tropical Forest in Dunedin last
The 50 holding yoga poses,
across the forest ’s three levels,
included Karitane residents Jude
Ritchie, 62, and Jan Hellyer, 66.
It was the first time the friends
had tried hot yoga, let alone
among scuttling quail, hairy
tarantulas and about 1000
The temperature in the forest
for the one-hour class was about
28degC, with 75% humidity.
“If it all gets too much we’ll
just lie down and meditate,” Ms
Ritchie laughed before striking
her first pose.
Adam Brown, 37, of Dunedin,
bought tickets for himself and his
mother Natalie Brown, 62.
Neither had tried yoga and both
found the class “great ”, Mr Brown
“It wasn’t too intense.”
Butterflies sitting on you while
holding a you pose “enhanced”
the experience, he said.
He would do another class if it
was held in the forest again.
Hot Yoga Dunedin co-owners
Donna Wikio and Lili Wyant
talked people through poses last
night including the butterfly,
caterpillar and the sphinx.
Ms Wikio said he hoped the
yoga class in the museum would
be the first of many.
Museum public engagement
manager Rachel Cooper said
demand for sold-out class
on Thursday was so high the
museum would definitely be
helping host such classes again.
— Otago Daily Times
Hot yoga among quail, spiders and butterflies
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Holding a yoga pose in the Tropical Forest at Otago Museum in Dunedin last night just before a class
began are Michelle Debono, 31, left, Athena Irvine, 32, and Jessie McMahon, 25.
A Green Party candidate is aiming
to be the first refugee to become an
MP in New Zealand.
Auckland barrister Golriz
Ghahraman, originally from Iran, has
been confirmed as a candidate for the
She says electing a refugee to
Parliament would send a strong
message during a global refugee crisis
and at a time of rising anti-refugee
and immigrant sentiment.
“ It would be historic for New
Zealand and I think it will mean
something at this particular moment
in a time when we are seeing one of
the worst humanitarian disasters in
a lifetime in the Middle East,” Ms
“ To say that someone fleeing that
part of the world could actually be so
accepted, that she could take part in
a democratic society, would be really
“Especially with the rhetoric of
Donald Trump and Brexit, I got to the
point where I thought some of us who
are witnessing this actually need to
put our hands up and be at the table
in the higher levels of governance.”
Her family fled Iran’s repressive
Islamic regime in 1990 when she was
nine and they were granted political
asylum in New Zealand.
“ Having an ambitious, educated
mother, she was mostly the driver of
us moving away, and she had a lot of
trouble continuing to work because
she wouldn’t adhere to Islamic dress
codes and eventually it became
dangerous for us,” she said.
The family travelled to New Zealand
on the advice of a relative, who was
also a refugee, and found the country
was “incredibly welcoming”, she said.
The 35-year-old has since built up
an impressive CV as a human rights
lawyer in New Zealand and overseas.
She worked as a prosecutor at the
United Nations tribunals for Rwanda
and the former Yugoslavia, where
heads of State were on trial for mass
atrocities. After getting her masters
degree in international human rights
law at Oxford University she also
worked on the Khmer Rouge tribunal
Since returning to New Zealand in
2012, she has been involved in several
high profile cases.
Convinced to join the Greens by a
former flatmate, she has worked as the
party’s Auckland convener and sat on
its national executive. She now wants
to run in an Auckland seat, possibly
Kelston, New Lynn or Te Atatu.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Refugee eyes seat in Parliament
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Auckland barrister Golriz Ghahraman, who hopes to become New
Zealand’s first refugee MP.
A man was left “cold, hungry and
terrified” after he was forgotten in a cell
for 48 hours over the weekend.
The 59-year-old was left by police
alone in a holding cell in the Masterton
District Court from Saturday morning
until Monday morning, when he was
During that time he had no food, and
Police have now apologised to the
south Wairarapa man, who has name
suppression, along with his family.
Wairarapa’s top police officer has also
vowed to find out how the incident came
about, and has notified the Independent
Police Conduct Authority.
The man’s lawyer, Susie Barnes, said
her client had spoken of the “awful”
“ He described it like torture. It caused
him serious mental anguish,” she said.
“They forgot about him, for about 48
hours he had nothing. ”
She said the court holding cell was
a small concrete room, and was not
intended to hold people overnight.
“There’s no mattresses or chairs.
“There’s one of those stainless steel
lidless toilets, but there’s no toilet paper.
“There’s a tap so he had water but no
food, no blankets, no human contact
no nothing. He was just forgotten
Ms Barnes considered her client “a
vulnerable member” of the community
and said he appeared to have been “quite
damaged” from the experience.
Ms Barnes said she had heard about
the incident involving her client directly
from the police, who had been “really
The man had been awaiting a sentence
on a drink-driving charge and was on
But on Friday night he was found to
have breached one of his bail conditions
and was subsequently arrested and held
in custody overnight in cells at the
Masterton Police Station.
He appeared in the Masterton District
Court on Saturday morning, and was
granted bail by the sitting Justice of the
The man was taken into the court
holding cells while the bail document
Wairarapa area commander Inspector
Donna Howard said the man was
discovered by police and court staff on
Monda y morning.
“ He was immediately seen by a doctor
and then returned home to his family,”
she said. “Police have apologised to the
man and his family.”
Lawyer Michael Bott, who specialises
in civil liberties cases, said the incident
was “deeply regrettable and deeply
“ When the State basically gives you
the power to detain people, there is a
parallel duty to do so responsibly and to
take account of them and know where
Mr Bott said any person granted bail
had the right to be released promptly,
after that decision had been made.
“The worrying thing is, had he had
some kind of medical condition —
needed medication, had a cardiac arrest,
had diabetes — this could have been a
significantly more serious case than it
was.” — NZME-Wairarapa Times Age
A gang-affiliated man has been charged
with possession of an offensive weapon
during a funeral procession yesterday.
The 21-year-old is due to appear in the
Whakatane District Court on January
24, and is a member of the Out Back
Arrests were made but no charges
laid yesterday after shots were fired at a
funeral procession of more than 100 cars
carrying Mongrel Mob members.
Police are asking for anyone who may
have a recording of the procession to
come for ward.
The motorcade left a tangi at Kawerau
in the central North Island about 1pm
yesterday and travelled through Taneatua
on the way to Whakatane, police say.
The shots were fired about 4.15pm near
the corner of Valley and Arawa roads in
About 15 police officers, as well
as armed offenders squad staff from
Tauranga and Rotorua, monitored the
procession. — N Z N
Police in Dunedin are hunting people
connected to two ram raids at petrol
stations in the area overnight.
Officers were called to the BP station
on Gordon Road, in Mosgiel, about
1.20am after reports it had been ram-
raided. Just over an hour later, another
ram raid was reported at a second BP
station at the O val at 2.40am.
Authorities have not indicated whether
anything had been stolen at the two
ser vice stations. — N ZM E
Police are investigating a burglary and
arson that happened in a Christchurch
bar yesterday morning.
A man broke into several areas of the
St Albans Shirley Club on Hills Road
and took an unknown amount of money,
a police spokesman said.
The burglary happened between 8am
“Before leaving, the offender poured an
accelerant on the floor of the lounge area
and set it on fire,’’ the spokesman said.
“Only minor damage was caused
because luckily a member of the public
noticed the blaze and a builder on site
used a hose to extinguish the fire.’’
The man was last seen running from
the building heading north towards the
entrance on Hills Road. — N Z ME
Two ram raids
Child killer admits prison attack
The man ser ving life in prison
for killing Featherston schoolgirl
Coral Burrows has pleaded guilty
to attempted murder after he
brutally attacked another inmate at
Stephen Roger Williams will be
sentenced in March after admitting
the violent attack.
It was revealed last month that
Nikki Roper — also ser ving a life
sentence for murder — suffered
life-threatening injuries after an
attack on a landing in C Block at
the maximum security prison in
“ Roper was stabbed with a piece
of glass in the lower neck area,” a
source said after the December 11
“ He was also stabbed with a
broken-off part of a broom handle,
through the neck into the chest
The source said the broom handle
snapped, leaving about 20cm
embedded in Roper’s body.
Williams was later charged with
He appeared in the North Shore
District Court for the first time
on the charge today, and pleaded
He will be sentenced in the High
Court at Auckland in March.
Williams is ser ving a life
sentence for murdering Coral, his
stepdaughter, in 2003.
He beat the six-year-old to
death and dumped her body near
Roper was jailed for life with a
minimum non-parole period of 14
years for murdering Christchurch
mother Alexsis Tovizi in December
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Search for Alzheimer’s sufferer widens
The search for an elderly North
Shore woman with Alzheimer’s is
in its third day.
Police have asked the public to
check their sheds, garages and other
places of shelter for Patricia Wearn,
known as Pat, 73, who has not
been seen since she left her home
on Caversham Drive in Torbay at
12.30pm on Monday and went for
Police confirmed this morning
she was still missing.
They had been inundated with
offers of public help, and many
members of the public have arrived
at the Browns Bay Police station
offering their assistance.
But they asked the public to leave
the search to the experts.
“ While we are very grateful
for the assistance, the search will
continue with specially trained
search and rescue members and
our biggest request of the public is
that they check their sheds, garages,
and places where Mrs Wearn could
have gone to seek shelter or rest,” a
police spokeswoman said.
The search area is being expanded,
and the police Eagle helicopter and
police boat Deodar are continuing
their sweeps and searches of the
nearby coast and land areas.
Mrs Wearn normally returned
home within 30 minutes of her
It was possible she had made her
way to Long Bay, about 4km from
her home in Caversham Drive.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Arrest in fatal hit-run crash
A man is due to face court
accused of hitting and killing
teen skateboarder Jacob Pakura in
Auckland and fleeing the scene.
Police arrested a 33-year-old west
Auckland man last night after a
three-day public appeal for the
driver in Saturday’s crash to come
The man is due to appear in the
Waitakere District Court today,
charged with dangerous driving
causing death and failing to stop.
Police made the arrest based on
information provided by a member
of the public following extensive
public pleas and searches of CCTV
Mr Pakura’s family are relieved by
the arrest and thanked officers who
worked on the case and the public
who phoned with information,
On Monday about 50 family and
friends gathered on Rua Road,
where the crash happened late on
Saturday night, and held a final
blessing for the 16-year-old.
His mother Esther broke into
tears, saying her son will be sorely
“He loved living and he took
every opportunity he got,” she said.
“ When this person hit Jacob and
they left, they don’t know what they
“They don’t know what an
awesome person he was.” — NZN
in cell for
Tourists’ van burgled
A person has been injured in a crash in
Canterbury early this morning, but the
outcome could easily have been more
tragic, police say.
The driver of the vehicle, whose age
and gender has not been revealed, was
thrown from the car in the crash on
Tram Road, West Eyreton. They were
not wearing a seatbelt, police said. “Seat
belts are there for a reason — to protect
you,” police said.
The driver was taken to Christchurch
Hospital. St John said the driver was
taken in a serious condition. However,
police said just before 11am the driver had
suffered moderate injuries. — NZ M E
Crash driver not
A young German couple
have been left scrambling for
emergency passports needed for a
trip home next week after thieves
broke into their camper van
within five minutes of them
The couple have lost thousands
of dollars worth of electrical
items and their passports, which
they needed for their return
home next week.
The tourists parked outside
The Warehouse in Paraparaumu
yesterday at 11.05am and went
They had been in the store for
no more than five minutes, and
upon returning to the camper van
discovered the break-in.
“The couple have been very
shaken by this incident and
have also been hit with the extra
stress of obtaining emergency
passports as they are due to leave
the country next week,” a police
spokesman said. “ The pair are
desperate to get their property
back, especially their camera
which contains all the memories
of their holiday in New Zealand.”
CCTV footage revealed at the
time of the incident a red utility
vehicle was captured pulling up
next to the camper van for about
30 seconds, then leaving.
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