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Fire claims fourth life
The Auckland man who lost
three family members in a horrific
house fire last month has died.
Refugee Council of New Zealand
secretary Kaileshan “Kailesh”
Thanabalasingham, 47, escaped the
blaze in Flat Bush on December 22
but was severely burned. He died at
Middlemore Hospital just before
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Truck crash blocks road
A truck crashed south-east of
Taupo about 6am today, blocking
State highway 5, police said. No one
was seriously hurt in the crash on the
Taupo-Napier highway, about 40km
from Taupo. Significant delays are
expected. — N ZM E
Milk tanker, cars collide
A milk tanker and two cars crashed
on State highway 1 near St Andrews
in Canterbury shortly before 6pm
yesterday. Two people were trapped,
one in each car, a Fire Ser vice shift
manager said. A St John spokesman
said one patient was in a serious
condition while the other had
moderate injuries. Both were taken
to Timaru Hospital. — NZ ME
Armed bank robber y
bank in Christchurch before making
his getaway on a bicycle. The robbery
happened at the Bush Inn Kiwibank
branch on Waimairi Road in Upper
Riccarton about lunchtime yesterday.
It was not known how much cash
the man got away with, police said.
No one was injured. The man was
last seen cycling along Totara Street.
Boy tumbles from tree
A nine-year-old boy was flown
to hospital yesterday after suffering
abdominal injuries and a serious leg
injury when he fell from a tree at
Waihi Beach. A St John ambulance
drove the boy to Waihi Beach
airfield where they were met by a
rescue helicopter at 1pm. He was
flown to Waikato Hospital.
— NZ ME-Bay of Plenty Times
Popular seal dies
A popular, yet disruptive, D unedin
resident has died. Dale, the fur seal
which made headlines for sunbathing
in the middle of D unedin roads,
gardens and public places, is believed
to have been hit and killed by a train.
Department of Conser vation coastal
Otago ranger Jim Fyfe said Dale had
been identified because of its bad
teeth. “He didn’t have good teeth to
tackle fish with, hence his preference
for octopus in the harbour,” Mr Fyfe
said. — NZN
Numbers in Keno draw No 13644: 3,
9, 11, 12, 19, 24, 35, 39, 40, 42, 46, 47,
51, 59, 60, 61, 66, 67, 70, 79. Draw No
13645: 5, 9, 12, 17, 20, 23, 25, 31, 32,
44, 46, 51, 54, 58, 60, 63, 67, 72, 74, 78.
Draw No 13646: 5, 6, 10, 15, 18, 24,
27, 28, 34, 35, 43, 44, 47, 49, 55, 64, 68,
72, 73, 75. Draw No 13647: 3, 10, 11,
15, 21, 22, 23, 28, 32, 33, 38, 43, 47, 49,
54, 56, 58, 59, 68, 75.
Fiery rescue earns rare bravery award
A light plane has gone off the end
of the runway at a rural airstrip near
Clarence in southern Marlborough.
Three people were aboard the aircraft.
No serious injuries have been reported.
Police and emergency ser vices were
sent to the scene. — N ZN
A sur vival expert says it is possible
missing Torbay woman Pat Wearn could
be alive as search parties continue to look
The 73-year-old, who has Alzheimer’s,
is physically fit and could be expected to
sur vive despite likely being dehydrated
and disoriented, according to a doctor
working with police.
Mrs Wearn was last seen heading out
for her regular walk about midday on
The alarm was raised when she did not
“There is still hope, and we need
everyone in the Torbay, Browns Bay and
Long Bay areas to continue to check
their properties,” North Shore police
Inspector Sunny Patel said last evening.
“Even if you’ve already done this, please
do it again.”
Defence Force personnel have joined
the search parties, which already include
police and search and rescue volunteers.
More than 90 people were involved by
Searches of bush areas round Lonely
Track Road, East Coast Road and
Glenvar Road are to continue.
Police divers arrived on Wednesday
and searched 10 water ways and ponds
without any sign of Mrs Wearn.
Extended bush searches are expected
to continue, as well as door-to-door
Police say they are still receiving reports
of sightings. — N Z N
For the first time in nearly 50 years,
a New Zealander has been awarded
the prestigious United Kingdom
Royal Humane Society’s Stanhope
In 2015, Murray Michie, then
58, rescued Susan Evans and her
three daughters from their burning
vehicle following a road crash in the
As others helped keep the flames at
bay, he cut three of them from their
seatbelts with a pocket knife.
Last year he was awarded the Royal
Humane Society of New Zealand’s
Silver Medal in recognition of his
The New Zealand
nominated him for the Stanhope
Medal, and he came out ahead
of nominations from societies in
Australia, Canada and the UK.
New Zealand society president
Austin Forbes says the last New
Zealander to be awarded the medal
was Mount Cook ranger Robert Ryan
in 1968, for belaying down a crevasse
to help rescue a climber where their
climbing companion was killed.
Despite the lethal combination of
smoke, flames and leaking petrol, Mr
Michie had helped rescue Ms Evans
and her daughters and moments
later their vehicle exploded.
“ It’s just incredible. People see
what ’s happened and feel there’s no
alternative but to go in there. It’s very
much to their credit,” Mr Forbes said.
The society is hoping Governor-
General Patsy Reddy will agree to
present the medal to Mr Michie but
a date is yet to be confirmed.
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A group of uninsured homeowners in
Christchurch’s red zones have lost their
bid to avoid costs for a legal battle with
The “Q uake O utcasts” will have to
pay more than $50,000 to cover the
costs of a legal challenge which aimed
to get the same Crown compensation
for earthquake-damaged properties as
Following the Canterbury quakes in
2010 and 2011, residents with uninsured
properties in the worst-affected areas
were offered half the value of their land
by the Government.
The group of around 40 “outcasts”
took the Government all the way to the
Supreme Court to challenge this offer.
After the court found in the group’s
favour, the Government last year raised
their offer to 100% of the value, but of
the land value only, not the building’s
Some of the group then unsuccessfully
appealed in the Supreme Court last
year to get an improved offer, similar to
insured homeowners. They are appealing
the court’s decision.
Earthquake Recovery Minister
Gerry Brownlee and the Canterbury
Earthquake Recovery Authority
sought costs of $55,605 plus additional
payments of about $2400.
The Quake Outcasts’ lawyers opposed
costs on the grounds that the uninsured
homeowners were “of modest financial
means” and had suffered enough.
They also argued that there was public
interest in testing the emergency powers
given to the minister following the
Those arguments were not accepted by
Justice Gerard Nation.
“ I consider that the applicants’
particular circumstances do not require
the court to depart from the general
principle that a party who fails with
respect to a proceeding should pay costs
to the party who succeeds. ” — NZME
Firefighters were last night
damping down hot spots after
a fire that destroyed a Waitati
building known as the Dome.
The fire took hold in the
Thornicroft Road structure about
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said
firefighters had been called to
a fire in trees and “a dome-like
structure” north of Dunedin.
The building was on is a 1.1ha
lifestyle block owned by Dunedin
man Geoffrey Layton, who could
not be contacted last night.
Four rural fire crews were still at
the site about 8pm.
The incident was initially
referred to police as a suspicious
fire, but a police spokesman
said last night the fire was “not
looking suspicious any more”.
The two-storey building had a
large hall-like area upstairs, and
downstairs an area where bands
Dunedin man Damien
Sutherland said he had been
working nearby and saw black
smoke about 3pm.
When he got near the building
with a workmate “even if there
was anybody (needing help), I
couldn’t go any further because of
the heat and the flames”.
“The whole house, top to
bottom, was totally engulfed.”
His workmate called emergency
ser vices, but it appeared others
had already done so.
Fire trucks arrived about 10
Waikouaiti Coast Community
Board chairman Alasdair
Morrison, who lives nearby, said
the structure had been there “a
long, long time”.
Mr Morrison said it was
fortunate it had been raining for
the past few days.
“ If all the surrounding
shrubbery was still bone dry it
could have been a real problem,”
“ It could have been a lot worse.”
— Otago Daily Times
Fire crews too late to save ‘Dome’
PICTURE: Ed Higbee-Otago Daily Times
Firefighters hose down a blaze at the dome-shaped structure in Thornicroft Road, Waitati, yesterday
The primary and secondary
education of a child born in New
Zealand today is expected to cost
parents up to $345,996, the latest
research from a sector funding
The ASG New Zealand planning
education index, released
yesterday, has estimated the cost of
13 years of education to be $38,362
at a State school, $109,354 at an
integrated school and $345,996 at a
The education index is
independently verified and based on
almost 2000 responses which measure
a range of variables to determine the
costs of education, including school
fees, transport, uniforms, computers,
school excursions and sporting trips.
It also shows the costs during the
past decade (2007-17) have surged.
The estimated cost of 13 years’
education in a State school has
increased 15%, from $33,274 starting
in 2007, to $38,362 starting in 2017.
During the same timeframe,
education in state integrated schools
had increased 34% ($81,765), and a
whopping 48% ($233,678) in private
John Velegrinis, chief executive
officer of funding provider ASG, said
New Zealanders were fortunate to
have excellent State, State-integrated
and private schools to choose from,
but costs could spiral out of control.
“ If you have three children, the cost
of educating them in New Zealand’s
private education system could top
more than $1 million.
“That ’s significantly more than the
purchase price of the average family
Mr Velegrinis suggested parents use
“a disciplined approach” to funding
their children’s education costs, by
putting a little bit away each week so
they can financially afford to “meet
their children’s educational goals and
Mr Velegrinis said the cost of
education in New Zealand had risen
by double the rate of inflation during
the past decade.
“This is quite
because the underlying trend is
that this gap between the costs of
education and the CPI (consumer
price index) is continuing to expand
“Independent research predicts
the cost of education will increase,
irrespective of whether you send your
child to a State, State integrated or
“ Estimated costs for a State
education in New Zealand have
risen by 15% over the last decade,
and costs for a State integrated and
private school education have gone
up sharply by more than $27,000 and
$112,000 respectively. ”
He said New Zealand parents fared
better than Australian parents, who
could expect to pay significantly
more for their children’s education
across State and private schools over
The education index revealed for
a child born in 2017, Australian
parents could pay up to 88% more
(an extra $33,558), to send their child
to a State school in metropolitan
“The difference in the forecast
cost of a private education between
the two countries is 48% with
Australian parents expecting to pay
$164,575 more than New Zealand
managing director Charlie Nelson
said a range of economic factors was
influencing the cost of education.
“Employment growth, hourly wages
and inflation all impact the cost of
living, which puts extra strain on the
family budget. With school fees likely
to rise further, it has never been more
important for parents to financially
plan for their child’s future.”
— Otago Daily Times
School costs forecast to rise dramatically
Trump set to kill TPP in hours
Donald Trump is set to kill the
Trans-Pacific Partnership between
the United States, New Zealand
and Australia and nine other Pacific
countries within hours of being
sworn in as the 45th president of
Trump’s press secretary Sean
Spicer said today the president-
elect would stick to his planned list
of executive orders aimed at striking
down some of the cornerstones
of President Barack Obama’s
eight years in the White House,
including the proposed TPP.
In November Trump released a
video of his policy plans for the first
100 days and the “potential disaster
for our country” TPP was top of his
“Part of what he announced in
the executive order list around the
Thanksgiving time included the
actions on both TPP and NAFTA
(North American Free Trade
Agreement),” Spicer said.
“They will be done by executive
order so I think you will see those
happen very shortly. ”
In Trump’s video message in
November he vowed to “issue our
notification of intent to withdraw
from the Trans-Pacific Partnership”.
Spicer’s TPP executive order
confirmation is a blow to the New
Zealand Government and other
nations hoping to keep the TPP
Trump has talked
deals with nations, instead of
multi-country pacts like TPP and
He has also said deals will only be
signed if they favoured the US.
Spicer confirmed this remained
Part of what he announced in
the executive order list around the
Thanksgiving time included the
actions on both TPP and NAFTA.
“I think the president ’s message
on trade has been fairly clear,”
“He is going to fight for
American workers and American
manufacturing and that ’s going to
be the No 1 thing that guides him
going for ward.
“He is going to make sure every
deal he cuts, just like he did in
business, puts American workers
and American manufacturing,
American ser vices first. ”
Trump will be sworn in tomorrow
in Washington DC. — AAP
Two people were taken to Dunedin
Hospital after a serious crash on Three
Mile Hill in Dunedin yesterday. A
police spokeswoman said emergency
ser vices responded to the two-car
crash about 3pm. Two patients,
a woman in her 20s with serious
injuries and a patient with moderate
injuries, were taken by ambulance
from the scene. The road was closed
and diversions were in place while the
serious crash unit attended.
— Otago Daily Times
Two injured in crash
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Police chase new leads
in Tolley slaying
New clues have surfaced as police
investigate the killing of Upper Hutt
woman Lois Tolley.
Police are hoping to speak to the driver
of a white utility vehicle seen in the area
and the owner of a beanie found at the
Ms Tolley was shot at point blank
range and stabbed early on December 10
in what was an “execution” killing.
The driver of the white vehicle could
assist the investigation because it
was parked in Ward Street early on
December 9 and seen driving past the
scene around the time of the murder,
detective senior sergeant Glenn Barnett
“ We want to know what the driver may
have seen, and who was driving the ute,”
Police also wanted to find the owner of
a beanie and single jandal found at the
He also repeated descriptions of four
Male, about 1.88m tall, skinny build,
aged 20s to 30s; wearing dark, baggy
c lothing, a hoodie with the hood up,
dark low-slung pants and possibly white
under wear; carrying a large, rectangular
Male, shorter than first suspect,
skinny build; wearing dark baggy
Male, tall, lean build; wearing dark
c lothing, long dark pants and a hoodie
with the hood up.
Male, sounded younger than the
other suspects; believed to be the man
seen upset outside Ms Tolley ’s flat.
Heavy wind and rain across the central
and south of New Zealand has largely
eased after major storms yesterday but
another low is due to hit the country
The Metser vice is predicting that
weather front will pass fairly quickly.
The North Island will dodge it
tomorrow, but the West Coast will be
the first place it hits, gradually moving
east throughout the day.
country on Sunday, and Nelson and the
eastern Bay of Plenty will be hit hard.
“ It ’s likely we’ ll have watches and
warnings out, but things will improve
by the end of the day on Sunday,”
meteorologist Tom Adams said.
For residents in the capital, it is
forecast clear up for Anniversary Day on
Monday. — NZ N
More bad weather
forecast for weekend
are being sent to battle a blaze
in the Coromandel Peninsula
that continues to burn days
after it destroyed 24 homes and
outbuildings in a local commune.
The scrub fire has burned more
than 100ha of bush land south
of Whitianga as well as causing
extensive damage to the Wilderland
The firefighters — four from the
army and one from the air force -
Major-General Tim Gall said.
“O ur firefighters have vast
experience here and overseas in
fighting bushfires,” he said.
“ We will do our best to assist the
local community in Whitianga and
hope that our firefighting crew will
be able to help get the blaze under
control soon. ”
The blaze started on Tuesday
night and was fanned by strong
As well as six homes and various
outbuildings the blaze
destroyed the commune’s orchards.
Council Mayor Sandra Goudie said
council staff were assessing how
residents of the community, which
promotes sustainable living, could
A mayoral fund has been set up
to raise money, while a givealittle.
co.nz page has also been established.
Defence firefighters join Coromandel battle
Four people have been charged over a
series of seven ram raid-style burglaries
The seven burglaries were carried
out over three days this week by what
police described as a “motivated group of
The four men allegedly used a stolen
vehicles to drive into shop fronts,
targeting commercial shops in the
Hamilton City area.
A stolen vehicle that was used in the
ram raid burglaries was located on
Wednesday and two men were arrested.
Police say items stolen in the raid were
recovered during searches of homes
linked to the men.
Another man was arrested when police
identified him driving a car allegedly
used in one of the robberies.
They say the man tried to evade officers
and rammed a police car before road
spikes were laid on Cobham Drive.
As the driver was arrested two
passengers ran from the car.
One was arrested and the other remains
on the run. — NZN
Three men are on the run after jumping
on a man and assaulting him as he
crossed a Waikato bridge.
Two of the men jumped from the
bridge’s steel frame and confronted the
victim on a pedestrian bridge between
Main and Bridge Streets in Huntly
about 10pm on Tuesday.
They threatened to rob the victim and
tried to punch him when a third man
struck the victim’s leg from behind with
an object. The victim fell to the ground
and was then struck over the head.
Left helpless by the attack police say
the three men, all described as being over
180cm tall and wearing hoodies pulled
over their heads, took the man’s wallet
and bag and fled. — NZN
One person has been injured in a
caravan fire just before dawn.
Northern Fire Communications’ shift
manager Scott Osmond said the person
suffered smoke inhalation in the caravan
fire on Cobham Street, in the west
Auckland suburb of Kelston. The caravan
had been severely damaged, and a nearby
house was also damaged. — NZ ME
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