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Truck crash kills two
Two people are dead after a truck
crash in the Tararua district. Police
say the pair were killed when the
truck left State highway 2 about
5km north of Norsewood about
12.30am. A crane is being brought
in to recover the truck. The road
is expected to be closed for the
morning and diversions are in place.
Three hurt in smash
Three people were taken to
hospital after two vehicles crashed
in Canterbury. The accident
happened on State highway 1,
south of Dunsandel, about 3.40pm
yesterday, police said. Three people
with moderate injuries were taken to
Christchurch Hospital. — NZ N
Search called off
Police have called off the search
for missing North Shore woman Pat
Wearn a week after she disappeared.
The 73-year-old has not been seen
since leaving her Torbay home for a
walk on January 16. Extensive air, sea
and bush searches, involving hundreds
of experts, defence force teams and
volunteers, have failed to find any
trace of her. Police divers also searched
a number of ponds and water ways
without success. With medical experts
advising Mrs Wearn could not have
sur vived so long, police have ended
search efforts but will continue to
investigate, Waitemata police acting
district commander Inspector Claire
Humble said. — NZN
Girl hit by car
An eight-year-old girl was rushed
to hospital after being hit by a car in
south Auckland. The girl sustained
moderate injuries after she was
struck on Manston Road, Mangere
on Saturday afternoon, St John
said. She was taken to Middlemore
Hospital in a stable condition.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
Two tickets, sold in the Auckland
suburbs of Sunnynook and Te
Atatu South, shared the division
one prize in Lotto draw No 1614,
each winning $500,000. Successful
numbers were 3, 7, 13, 20, 30, 34;
bonus 19. Strike numbers were 13,
20, 3, 34. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 3. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13652:
2, 8, 15, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 33,
42, 47, 59, 60, 63, 66, 67, 76, 77. Draw
No 13653: 1, 9, 12, 13, 14, 20, 26, 30,
31, 36, 37, 40, 54, 57, 61, 69, 70, 72, 77,
78. Draw No 13654: 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12,
28, 31, 33, 48, 50, 51, 62, 65, 66, 67,
68, 70, 72, 75. Draw No 13655: 2, 8, 9,
12, 14, 21, 22, 29, 32, 37, 39, 40, 46, 56,
57, 65, 67, 75, 76, 77. Draw No 13656:
9, 11, 20, 24, 27, 33, 34, 35, 40, 42, 49,
50, 51, 54, 60, 61, 64, 68, 69, 79. Draw
No 13657: 1, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 22, 23, 28,
30, 34, 37, 55, 62, 65, 69, 72, 77, 78, 80.
Draw No 13658: 2, 5, 12, 14, 19, 24,
30, 31, 34, 39, 41, 53, 55, 56, 58, 60, 68,
69, 73, 77. Draw No 13659: 2, 6, 8, 13,
23, 26, 29, 30, 32, 35, 37, 41, 55, 59, 60,
61, 69, 72, 76, 78.
Rocket firm near moon shot
A body has been found in the sea near
Nelson. The body appears to be a man
and was found off Rocks Road about
10.20am today, police said. — N Z N
Body in sea
A record number of organ transplants
from deceased donors were carried out
in 2016, Health Minister Jonathan
He says from 61 deceased donors 181
organs were transplanted. The number of
organs transplanted has increased 57% in
the past four years.
“Organ transplantation is a life-
saving treatment and for people with
organ failure it ’s often the only option
available,” Dr Coleman said.
“Decisions by families of deceased
donors and by living donors, together
with the compassion and hard work of
staff means that more and more patients
are receiving transplants. ”
In New Zealand, there are more than
550 people waiting for an organ or
tissue transplant, Organ Donation New
The Compensation for Live Organ
Donors Bill, brought by MP Chris
Bishop, was passed by Parliament in
November last year.
The legislation helps to remove the
financial deterrent to becoming a live
organ donor, Dr Coleman said.
The Ministry of Health is developing
systems and processes to meet the act ’s
provisions, with the law due to come into
effect before the end of this year. — N ZN
New Zealand is ready to join the
space race, with start-up Rocket Lab
on the brink of launching a rocket to
After signing a partnership with
United States outfit Moon Express
in 2015 on a deal to send three
rockets to the moon, Peter Beck —
who founded Rocket Lab in 2006
said the last major technical
questions had now been answered.
Mr Beck said the ambitious project
was almost ready to go and test
launches were slated for the coming
months from the Mahia Peninsula,
on the east coast of the North Island
between Napier and Gisborne.
“ We recently qualified the first
stage of the vehicle; this was the last
major technical milestone ahead of
the first test flight. We’re currently
completing various final checks
and working through international
launch licensing,” Mr Beck said from
the US, where he is on a routine
working visit meeting customers and
other industry professionals.
“ Rocket Lab has three test launches
planned in the coming months
followed by several commercial
missions. Moon Express is not the
first commercial mission. We’ll be
making further announcements
about this once the test flight phase
“ Dates of the commercial launches
will be announced following
the completion of the test flight
Moon Express, a Silicone Valley-
completed a $28 million funding
drive, wants to mine valuable
resources on the moon, where it is
believed there could be trillions of
dollars worth of precious metals and
The San Francisco outfit is also
chasing the extremely lucrative
Google Lunar XPrize - a competition
to land a privately funded spacecraft
on the moon, travel 500m and
transmit high-definition video and
images back to Earth.
The competition involves 16 teams
from all over the world battling for a
$40m prize purse.
The New Zealanders have been
contracted by their American
partners to handle the launch, with
Rocket Lab’s world-first, battery-
powered rocket engine at the heart
of the bid.
Rocket Lab’s financial backers
include Silicon Valley venture
capitalists, Sir Stephen Tindall’s
K1W1 investment fund and
Lockheed Martin. The company has
received up to $25m of Government
funding over five years.
Mr Beck said the work is now
so advanced, Mars is even on the
“ Moon Express have achieved
several significant milestones in the
last year. Notably, they have gained
permission to be the first private
company to travel beyond Earth’s
orbit. This enables them, and others,
to focus on space exploration —
particularly of the moon, asteroids
and Mars,” he said.
“O ur team is heavily focused on the
test flight programme — we have a
comprehensive qualification process
that each vehicle goes through ahead
of a launch. Once that is complete,
we’ll look to moving the first vehicle
down to Mahia for the test flight.
“ It ’s certainly an exciting time
for not only Rocket Lab but also
the growing New Zealand space
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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Aluminium High Grade
“ Last drinks” have been called
by Dunedin craft beer outlet
McDuffs Brewery — the first in
the city with a microbrewery in
retail premises — as the owners
wind up the company after 25
Graham Jenkins, 70, and Gavin
Duff, 69, have had the Great
King Street business “quietly” on
the market for two years, and an
unnamed Central Otago brewer
has bought all the manufacturing
equipment, for an undisclosed
The pair have already begun
dismantling the brewery. Aside
from fermenters it has about 20
large stainless steel tanks and
associated equipment, all of which
has a total capacity to make about
about 35,000 litres of beer.
Many of the tanks come with
a pedigree. Some were originally
made by Terry McCashin, who
in Nelson was at the forefront of
the then fledgling New Zealand
craft beer market, and were first
installed in a microbrewery at the
Hororata Hotel before ending up
In 1992, Mr Duff bought the
micro-brewery and established
a brew bar in the Octagon,
operating as Bogarts.
“ We were ahead of our time,
being the first genuine brew bar
in D unedin,” Mr Duff said.
However, with the number of
licensed premises in the Octagon
exploding, the pair decided in
1997 to concentrate on brewing
and moved the company to Great
King St. They have been running
down beer stocks and expect to
make their last retail sales today.
The operation was originally
known as Duffs Brewery, but
media giant Twentieth Century
Fox, makers of the cartoon series
The Simpsons, objected to the
name several years ago, because
character Homer drank Duff-
A year of negotiations ensued
before the parties reached an
agreement and the company was
renamed McDuffs Brewery.
“For several years, every
American tourist who came in
asked “are you that Duff brewery?”
. . . thestorywasquitebiginthe
States,” Mr Jenkins said.
Surprisingly, being in the north
end of D unedin, students were
not their biggest customers, and
the brewery supplied branded
liquor outlets, pubs, cafes and
members of the public filling
their riggers. However, it is
students the pair remember most
fondly, noting there had never
been any trouble and they still
enjoyed meeting former students
who stopped in to visit and
recollect their university days.
Mr Jenkins, a carpenter by trade,
and Mr Duff, a former mechanic,
have no retirement plans other
than catching up on jobs around
Mr Duff said while a brewing
consultant initially helped get
the brewery started, they had
since moved to “trial and error” to
He said the pair had nine
McD uff beer types, plus alcohol
infused lemonade and ginger beer,
but had not decided what to do
with the McD uff ’s brand, or their
recipes. — Otago Daily Times
McDuffs Brewery calls ‘last drinks’
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
McDuffs Brewer y owners Graham Jenkins, left, and Gavin Duff have sold the 25-year-old company
and are headed for retirement.
The weather system that blasted much
of New Zealand this weekend is moving
quickly away to the south-east, with
warnings and watches expected to be
over by late this morning.
Vector says the number of Auckland
households without power is down to
3000 from 15,000 yesterday morning.
The Rimutaka Hill road out of
Wellington is open again.
In Q ueenstown a 30cm snow dump at
Cardrona seemed to say it all; a winter
While the drier parts of Northl and,
Auckland and Coromandel Peninsula
received useful amounts of rain.
It was breezy in most places.
Auckland had north-east gales gusting
to 100kph, peaking at 120kph on Tiritiri
Matangi Island on Saturday night.
“Some trees with all their new growth
could not cope,” Metser vice forecaster
Cameron Coutts said.
Wind gusts of about 100kph occurred
in Taranaki and 140kph in the higher
parts of Wellington.
South-westerlies gusting 120kph were
expected to develop along the eastern
coast of the South Island.
“As an example of the strength of the
elements, we’ve just been notified of a
bouncy castle that ’s become tangled in
our lines out in Kumeu,” Vector said.
Police closed Vivian Street in
Wellington between Taranaki Street and
Cambridge Terrace because a piece of
glass had fallen from a building, landing
on a parked car. Another piece is loose.
There were no reports of any injuries.
A man suffered serious injuries at
Drury, south of Auckland, on Saturday
night when a tree came down on the
Southern Motor way, hitting his car.
At the top of the South Island, Nelson
Tasman civil defence said the Waingaro
River and the Anatoki River reached
10-year flood levels. The flows were the
third-highest since monitoring began in
The Upper Takaka River peaked at
flows experienced only eight times
before in the past 50 years.
Wind gusts reached 105kph in
Richmond, short of the 136kph reached
in 2015. Rivers throughout the Tasman
and Nelson region were dropping but
care was still needed.
Cardrona ski area near Queenstown
was closed yesterday “due to this freakish
January snow storm”.
It posted a video on Facebook of
summer activities being attempted in
snow and of a snow boarder.
“ January is powder day,” the presenter
said. — NZN
Labour has launched its campaign
for the Mount Albert by-election
after officially confirming list MP
Jacinda Ardern as their candidate.
Labour leader Andrew Little kicked
off the campaign in the electorate
yesterday ahead of what is expected
to be a battle between Ms Ardern
and Green Party candidate Julie
The by-election on February 25 in
the safe Labour seat is to replace David
Shearer, who resigned from parliament
last year to lead United Nations peace
keeping missions 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.
As in any by-election, people have
only one vote — for their electorate
MP. There is no party vote.
“Mount Albert is a vital electorate.
It’s had outstanding high quality
Labour MPs representing it for many,
many years and many decades and
we’re about to make sure that that
tradition continues,” Mr Little said
launching the campaign.
Prime Minister Bill English has
said Ms Ardern would be “difficult to
beat ” after revealing National would
not run a candidate against her.
The party will instead look ahead
to contesting the seat in the general
election later in the year.
Joe Carolan, who received 290 votes
in 2014 as a candidate for the Internet
Mana Party is standing again, this
time representing Socialist Aotearoa.
The only competition from the right
comes from Vin Tomar, who will
represent the New Zealand People’s
Party. — NZN
Labour launches Mt Albert campaign
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Norton motorcycle owner and enthusiast Greg Byrnes, of Christchurch,
kicks his 1970 Norton Commando 850 S into life in Dunedin on Saturday.
The rumble of motorcycles filled
the air over the weekend as Norton
motorcycle owners descended on
About 40 bikers from around New
Zealand, and as far away as the United
States, England and Australia, were
in Dunedin for the annual Norton
Owners Club of New Zealand rally.
On Saturday, the riders revved up
early, heading out of the city on a
day trip to Karitane, then inland to
Middlemarch, before returning to
The club’s Dunedin representative,
Kevin Carter, said some enthusiasts
had been riding long distances just to
take part in the event.
One rider, from Kerikeri, travelled to
Dunedin via Cape Reinga and Bluff
to participate, he said.
“ He gets the prize for the longest
But the enthusiasm for the event
— and the Norton motorcycles
themselves — was to be expected, Mr
“They have a great sound and they
are very reliable.
“ It ’s a disease. I’ve got three
(Nortons),” he said.
The history of the British-built
Norton motorcycles dated back to
1898 and the founding of the Norton
company, followed by the production
of the first motorcycles by 1902.
The New Zealand club’s rally was
held each year, alternating between a
North Island and South Island venue,
and was a chance for enthusiasts to
get together, he said.
This year’s event was hosted by the
Otago Vintage Car Club, and riders
attended a dinner and prizegiving
on Saturday night, followed by a
breakfast yesterday, before departing.
— Otago Daily Times
Norton owners rally in Dunedin
Cat lost overboard near nature sanctuary
Northland nature sanctuary.
The cat vanished from a yacht
moored at Moturua Island’s
Otupoho Bay (also known as
Homestead Bay) last week. It was
thought to have jumped or fallen
When the boaties awoke to find
their cat missing they alerted the
(DOC), which immediately sent
Paihia man Brad Windust to the
island with his trained cat-sniffing
DOC Bay of Islands manager
Rolien Elliot said no scent was
detected and rangers could not
find any cat scat or paw prints.
Nearby Motukiekie Island was also
“ We’ve put in quite a bit of effort
trying to find it,” she said.
The cat ’s owners said it was not a
Given the tide at the time it was
possible it had been carried to the
Ms Elliot said DOC’s advice was
to leave pets at home when boating
to avoid the risk of losing them
overboard or introducing them to
islands are home to endangered
(saddleback) and have an ongoing
detection and trapping programme
to keep them predator-free.
In 2015 a cat named Missy
fell off a yacht moored at nearby
Urupukapuka Island and swam to
shore. Its owner did not tell DOC
and the cat was found four months
later, thin and with a paw stuck
through its collar, when it wandered
in to the cafe grounds at Otehei
The fact a cat had avoided
detection for so long sparked a
review of biosecurity measures on
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Quake blamed for major leak in capital
Wellington nearly ran out of water
due to a just-discovered leak caused
by last November’s magnitude 7.8
“ We came pretty close to sending
out a call asking Wellingtonians
to cut back water use to only the
bare essentials,” acting Wellington
Water chief executive Mark Kinvig
“There’s really only one main
supply pipe into central and eastern
Wellington, and this was it. ”
Wellington Water staff and
contractors worked all night Friday
to find and repair a leak affecting
the main supply pipe to the city.
They were back yesterday morning,
in the bottom of a 4m deep hole,
next to the railway station.
Gary O’Meara from Wellington
Water said it was likely the Novem-
ber earthquake was behind the leak.
“ We know that the foreshore
area suffered the worst, and our
pumping stations and pipelines in
the port area suffered damage in the
November 14 quake,” he said.
“ When our guys cut through the
concrete road base where the leak
was, they found a big hole. It’s
clearly been leaking for a while.”
The leak, from a damaged valve
leading off the main pipe, appeared
to have been eroding the sandy soil
beneath the road surface.
Plans are in place to build a 35
million litre reser voir in Prince of
Wales Park, and for an alternative
pipeline into the city but it will take
years. — NZN
ship visits NZ
Germany ’s flash research ship RV
Sonne is in Auckland and members of
the public will be able to have a look at it.
Commissioned in 2014 by German
Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Sonne
heralded a new era for German and
international marine research and is
expected to be in use for at least 30 years.
It is the flagship of the country’s research
There is about 600 square metres of
work rooms on board, among them
eight laboratories, one hangar for
large equipment and fully automated
The Sonne spends most of its time in
the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
It is in Auckland to mark 40 years
of the German New Zealand Science
There is an open day on Wednesday.
Paul Goldsmith, the minister of science
and innovation, will visit the vessel today.
Two men have been arrested for
assaulting a person in D unedin and
stealing a bag.
The men stole the bag around 4.30pm
on Saturday at the corner of High and
Hope Streets after threatening a man
and demanding his wallet, police say.
The men then also assaulted a second
Police hope to speak to witnesses to the
incident or people who may have seen
one of the men asking members of the
public for money about the same time on
Hope Street. — NZN
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake has rocked
eastern Bay of Plenty.
The quake struck off the coast at 10am
today, 15km south-west of Te Kaha at a
depth of 40km, Geonet said.
Almost 900 people registered feeling
the quake on Geonet ’s website. — NZ N
A large truck rolled near Tokoroa
yesterday, blocking a lane and causing
delays on State highway 1.
The driver was unhurt. — NZ ME
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei has
given up trying to become MP for
Dunedin North and will stand in the
Te Tai Tonga electorate at this year’s
The list MP stood in Dunedin North at
the last three elections but was third on
each occasion in the Labour stronghold.
Labour frontbencher David Clark has
been the electorate’s MP since 2011 and
Labour has held the seat since 1978.
“ I’ve loved standing in Dunedin North,
but I think this is the right time to step
aside,” she said. Ms Turei contested
Te Tai Tonga in 2005 and was third,
more than 6700 votes behind Labour’s
Labour’s Rino Tirakatene currently
holds the Maori seat where the Greens
were second in the party vote at the last
election. — N Z N
Turei switches to Te Tai Tonga
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