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Kayaker’s body found
The body of a kayaker reported
missing on Tuesday has been found
in the waters of Lake Rotorua, near
Hamurana. Police were called about
4pm yesterday when the man’s body
was spotted by a member of the
public. — NZ N
Work van hits tree
At least two people were seriously
injured after a work van crashed into
a tree near East Cape this morning.
Police said two people had serious
injuries and one person was trapped
following the crash at Wharekopae
Road, near Ngatapa, 25km west of
Gisborne. Six people were in the van.
The crash occurred at 6.30am.
— NZ ME- Hawke’s Bay Today
Truck crash closes road
A section of State highway 33 in
western Bay of Plenty was closed
following a truck crash this morning.
Police said no one was hurt when a
truck crashed into a bank south of
Paengaroa, 30km east of Tauranga,
about 4am. There were cordons
at Okere Falls and at Hamurana
intersection on State highway 33.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
Hit-run witness sought
Police are seeking a driver who may
have witnessed a hit-and-run collision
on Prestons Road in Christchurch
about 1.40am on January 1. A silver
or white stationwagon is said to have
stopped, reversed, and drove on to
the footpath where three people were
walking. The driver hit a man on a
bicycle, throwing him several metres.
The bicycle was dragged underneath
the car for 100m. Police would like to
hear from the driver of a car travelling
the other way who did a u-turn and
followed the stationwagon. — N ZN
Two men have been charged over
a brawl at a McDonald’s restaurant
on Thackeray Street in Napier. Police
were called on January 9 with the
men taken to Hawke’s Bay Fallen
Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. On
Tuesday, a 19-year-old appeared in
the Napier District Court and was
remanded. The second man will
appear next week. — N Z N
Three tickets, sold in Christchurch
and Wellington (two), shared the
division one prize in Lotto draw No
1613 last night. Each winner receives
$333,333. Successful numbers were
8, 13, 14, 21, 25, 31; bonus 6. Strike
numbers were 14, 25, 31, 8. There
was one Strike Four winner, from
Taupo, taking home $100,000.
Powerball number 4. There was no
division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13640:
3, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 27, 36, 42, 48,
49, 50, 52, 53, 59, 61, 62, 69, 73. Draw
No 13641: 3, 4, 7, 14, 15, 16, 22, 32, 34,
38, 43, 46, 47, 50, 51, 54, 66, 67, 72, 79.
Draw No 13642: 1, 4, 10, 16, 17, 28,
30, 32, 38, 42, 45, 48, 52, 54, 60, 70, 71,
73, 76, 80. Draw No 13643: 1, 12, 13,
15, 16, 17, 21, 23, 27, 31, 35, 37, 40, 43,
44, 48, 49, 56, 68, 77.
Unhappy drug customer calls police
A Qantas flight from Auckland to
Melbourne has turned back after a
passenger died following a heart attack.
The adult male suffered a cardiac
arrest and died during this morning’s
flight QF152, a St John spokeswoman
The flight departed at 6.10am.
There was a nurse on board who helped
cabin crew, a Qantas spokesman said.
The Boeing 737-800, capable of
carrying up to 174 passengers, was full
and had taken off only half an hour
earlier, he said. — NZN
Man dies on flight
The owner of a Waikato-based pet
food company accused of abusing bobby
calves will face trial by jury.
Alan Martyn Cleaver, 57, has pleaded
not guilty to four charges in the Huntly
District Court laid against him by the
Ministry for Primary Industries.
Cleaver, who was excused from
attending court on Wednesday, has
previously said he felt his now-defunct
company Down Cow Ltd was used as
the scapegoat after footage of animal
abuse by one of his employees went
The recordings were made by
Farmwatch and welfare organisation
Save Animals From Exploitation.
Cleaver pleaded not guilty to two
charges against him, and two charges as
owner of Down Cow.
One charge, under the Animal Welfare
Act, alleges he failed to meet calves’
physical, health and behavioural needs
by using and allowing blunt force trauma
That charge carries a maximum penalty
of 12 months prison and and a $50,000
A second charge of not supporting
animal welfare procedures carries a
maximum $250,000 fine.
Cleaver was remanded on bail and
reappear for a pretrial hearing on
Down Cow shut down on May
18, which Cleaver claims was due to
unattainable requirements set by MPI.
He said his company was unfairly
targeted and penalised for procedures
which he claims were common and
sometimes necessary among the
country’s farmers and slaughterhouses.
MPI has defended itself, saying it didn’t
force the company to close, but gave it
notices of compliance. — NZ N
A disgruntled pot smoker has
complained to New Zealand police
after a drug deal she allegedly
arranged via social media went
The Fairfax website Stuff said the
woman, from Hamilton, claimed
that she paid $40 for what a
dealer said was one ounce (28g) of
It was supposed to be a fraction of
the usual price.
When the dealer did not come
through with the drug, the woman
complained to police and on a
Facebook page that boasts 40,000
The woman did not think she could
be charged, she said, because she had
not received the drugs.
Hamilton senior sergeant Rupert
“ Yes, there is a charge of
attempting to procure a drug so
just because you don’t get it doesn’t
actually prevent you from being
charged,” Mr Friend said, according
“If you were to come and ask me
for a tinnie (foil-wrapped package)
of marijuana and I give you a
tinnie of lawn clippings, you’ve
still committed an offence, even
though you haven’t got drugs in your
Mr Friend did not confirm to
the website if the woman would
be charged, but said complaints to
police of drug deals going wrong
The woman has vowed to never buy
weed via a Facebook page again.
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Aluminium High Grade
Otago cherry producers are
flying helicopters low over their
orchards to dry off raindrops and
protect thousands of tonnes of
their product headed to Asia to
feed rapidly growing demand
from Chinese New Year revellers.
China has grown to become
the second largest destination
for New Zealand cherries after
Taiwan in the past seven years.
Together they take about 60% of
cherry exports, which were worth
about $43 million last year.
Last week New Zealand
exported 900 tonnes of cherries,
the largest amount recorded in
a one-week period. Exports are
expected to grow to about $50m
this season, according to Tim
Jones, chairman of Summerfruit
NZ, which represents growers.
“The demand is phenomenal,”
Tracey Burns, who handles
international cherry sales at
produce exporter Freshmax, said.
Singapore Airlines said it was
re-directing four cargo flights
from Auckland to Christchurch
to pick up 300 tonnes of cherries
to be shipped on to cities in
mainland China, Hong Kong and
Taipei by tonight.
Exporters and growers said they
received constant requests for as
much as fruit they could grow
during Chinese New Year.
“I had a woman recently calling
me up from China wanting 500
tonnes. We only do probably 50
tonnes in our orchard maximum,
so I think she was dreaming a
little bit,” Martin Milne, a grower
in Cromwell, said.
All har vesting and sales take
place in a two and a half-month
season starting in December, but
the timeframe for Chinese New
Year is even tighter; growers have
to deliver fruit by January 23, the
deadline set by Asian distributors.
Growers in Central Otago are
paying thousands of dollars an
hour to fly helicopters over trees
to stop rainfall from cracking fruit.
To ensure the good quality
sought by Asian buyers, the
choppers have been flying just a
metre above the trees, operating
like fans to blow away moisture
left by recent rain.
“ It ’s a high-value, fast-moving
crop which means it gets a lot
less room for glitches like rain,”
Marie Dawkins, chief executive of
Summerfruit NZ, said.
Growers were racing against
forecasts predicting a severe
“It’s a bit of a worry but at the
end of the day the weather is
what it is and you can’t do much
about it except getting helicopters
out,” Mr Milne said. — Reuters
Choppers save cherries for Chinese New Year rush
A helicopter is used to dry cherries at New Zealand Cherry Crops orchard in Cromwell.
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Fire destroyed this Comers Road house in Whitianga yesterday morning.
24 homes, buildings razed
About 24 homes and outbuildings have
been destroyed by the fire now under
control in the Coromandel Peninsula,
south of Whitianga.
This includes extensive damage to the
Wilderland Community commune and
100ha of burned bushland, the Thames-
Coromandel District Council says.
Four stand-alone homes were lost in the
fire and the Wilderland commune lost
two homes, vehicles, workshop and en-
gineering tools, as well as two caravans,
business stocks and food production
The fire started on Tuesday and
six homes between
Kaimarama and Coroglen. It is expected
to take several days to extinguish, with
full efforts — including helicopters with
monsoon buckets — resuming at 6am
With fire crews containing the blaze
and now working to dampen hot spots,
Mayor Sandra Goudie thanked the
teams and volunteers who came from
outside the district to help.
She said the council was assessing
how it could help the Comers Road and
Wilderland residents affected by the
Earlier, a mayoral fund was set up to
raise money, while a former Wilderland
resident has also set up a givealittle.co.nz
page to help the commune.
Earlier, fire crews were called to the
commune, which promotes sustainable
living, just after 5pm on Tuesday with
26 residents subsequently evacuated
Rural fire officer Paul Shaw said crews
saved more homes than they lost.
“But I feel very sorry for everyone from
that community. There’s not much left,”
Helicopters and crews fighting
the blaze had been forced to retreat
at sundown on Tuesday, but three
helicopters had resumed the the attack
at first light yesterday.
Mr Shaw described the conditions
with very dry scrub on steep terrain as
“At this stage it’s not a raging
inferno any more, it’s pretty much just
smouldering,” he said. — NZ N
An investigation has been
launched after several containers
of highly-corrosive acid
were discovered in D unedin
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said
firefighters from three stations
— Dunedin City, St Kilda and
Willowbank — were called after
a sulphuric acid spill at Otago
Waste Management Ser vices in
Wickliffe Street about 1pm.
The refuse station was
cordoned off, as the crews and
Otago Regional Council staff
monitoring and operations
director Scott MacLean said six
containers, each with a 10 litre
capacity, had sulphuric acid labels
and various quantities of the
highly-corrosive acid inside.
The acid had been “dumped
illegally” in the trade waste bay at
the transfer station, he said.
A machine operator at the
station noticed the containers,
prompted the closure, and called
the Fire Ser vice and council.
A “modest amount ” of the acid
was lost but was contained in a
sump system and would not have
entered a storm water system, Mr
“There is no danger to the
public and the environment,” he
Council staff had started an
investigation to find the party
responsible for dumping the
acid, including reviewing CCTV
footage from the station.
— Otago Daily Times
Acid dumping investigation
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Emergency services attend a sulphuric acid spill at Otago Waste Management Ser vices in Dunedin
A New Zealand woman has
admitted to carrying the drug ice
when she arrived in Bali last year,
with her lawyer saying a friend had
given it to her.
A “ner vous” Myra Williams
said nothing as she was lead into
Denpasar Court yesterday for the
first day of her trial in which she
faces charges of drug trafficking
Prosecutor Paulus Agung alleged
the 26-year-old, who flew into
Denpasar from Australia on August
31, began “babbling” when asked to
queue for her travel documents.
Drawing the attention of
immigration officials, she was then
taken to a waiting room.
Later, when she got up from her
seat to speak to a customs officer,
Mr Agung said a plastic pouch
containing crystals fell out of her
It is alleged 0.43g of
methamphetamine, or ice, was
Williams’s lawyer Poppy Eunike
said her client was not objecting
to the indictment and admitted
to having drugs on her when she
arrived in Bali.
“S he admits that she carried it.
It was given to her by a friend,”
Ms Eunike said after the court
She said Williams, who is
believed to have been living in
Melbourne when she flew to Bali,
was using while in Australia and
therefore should be eligible for a
The 27-year-old from New
Zealand was “ner vous”, Ms Eunike
The maximum penalty for the
possession of less than 5g of drugs
carries a 12-years prison sentence,
while importation has a maximum
of 15 years.
If she is convicted for drug use,
however, she would face a maximum
of four years in prison.
Williams is due to return to court
on January 31. — NZN
NZ woman admits charge of
carrying drug into in Bali
Nelson residents and tourists are set
to take part in historic re-enactments,
guided history tours and even a
community cricket game to celebrate
175 years since Europeans arrived.
With the New Zealand Company
in London planning the settlement of
Nelson, the first vessel, The Fifeshire,
landed on January 30, 1842.
Now the occasion is celebrated annually
on January 30 as Nelson Anniversary
“ We are one of the oldest cities in New
Zealand,” Nelson City Council’s Gaile
“This is about celebrating our history,
teaching our young ones about our city
and our heritage, and recognising how
lucky we are to call Nelson home.”
The council said preparations were well
under way with families and tourists able
to begin planning which activities they
would like to attend.
Attractions on the day include actors
recreating different periods in Nelson’s
history, a guided tour of the historic
cemetery and a cricket match against
visitors, The Cricketers Club of New
South Wales. — NZ N
Shark washes up
A shark washed up on an Auckland
beach yesterday morning.
Residents in the suburb of Hillsborough
spotted it on nearby Aldersgate Reser ve.
A local woman said she had earlier
seen who she thought were fisherman
releasing it from a net. However, it did
not swim away. — NZ ME
Defence staff join search
The search for missing Torbay woman
Patricia Wearn has entered its fourth
day, as defence force staff join those
looking for the 73-year-old.
Mrs Wearn, who has Alzheimer’s, has
not been seen since she left her Torbay
home for a walk on Monday.
A large-scale operation with police
and search and rescue volunteers has
The officer in charge of the search,
sergeant Dene D uthie, said several
ponds and water ways near Wearn’s
home were searched by the national
police diving squad.
Nothing was found.
Additional search and rescue staff from
Waikato have arrived to help.
Members of the defence force,
including those from the navy and air
force, had joined others searching bush
areas around Torbay.
Police officers are also continuing to go
door-to-door to speak to residents and
Mrs Wearn’s family asked police to
share their thanks to the public for their
support and good wishes.
“They say the past four days have
been long and stressful and while they
are grateful for the public support, at
this point they don’t wish to make any
further comment in the media, or on
social media. ”
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
McClay seeks trade deal
Trade Minister Todd McClay has
grand plans for the relationship between
New Zealand and the Gulf countries
during a visit to the region.
Mr McClay is currently in Kuwait
where he’s set to attend a series
of meetings to discuss free-trade
agreements with the Gulf Co-operation
“There’s a huge amount of support
for New Zealand here in Kuwait and
we have a very strong relationship with
them,” Mr McClay said after a meeting
with Kuwait’s Commerce Minister
Khaled Nasser Abdullah al-Roudan
“In fact they want to find other ways
for us to not only trade with each other
more but invest more and get more
Kuwaiti students to New Zealand and
perhaps a few more Kiwis to come and
visit them here.”
Mr McClay said getting a free trade
agreement with the GCC countries —
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab
Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman —
would save $19 million a year in duty
on New Zealand products sent to those
“And that, in effect, means more jobs in
New Zealand,” he said.
Negotiations for a free trade agreement
with the GCC concluded in 2009 but
the steps to a final signing were delayed.
4000 fewer on benefits
The number of people receiving a
benefit has fallen 1.4% in the last 12
Almost 4440 people have gone off the
benefit, putting the rate at the lowest its
been since the lowest the 2008 Global
Those receiving sole parents support
dropped the most, according to Social
Development Minister, Anne Tolley,
with 3410 fewer people receiving it than
the same time last year.
The Bay of Plenty had the most sole
parents going off the support, with 9%,
followed by 6.4% in Auckland.
“Children who grow up in benefit
dependent homes are less likely to
achieve NCEA Level 2, more likely to
be notified to CYFs, and more likely
to end up on a benefit themselves,” Ms
The increasing numbers of sole parents
not receiving benefits will help break the
cycle of welfare dependence, she says.
However, Canterbury had the largest
increase in jobseeker support recipients,
with 11.8% .
As of December 31, 297,010 people
aged 18 to 64 years were receiving a main
benefit; 57.5% of main benefit recipients
were female; and 70.4% of main benefit
recipients had been receiving it for more
than a year. — NZN
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