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Body found in river
A body has been found in the
Waikato River by police searching for
a missing swimmer. Police have not
identified the body. However, they
were looking for 21-year-old Hazael
Mailata who was last seen swimming
in the river about 3am on Wednesday.
The Hamilton man was last spotted
in the water near Grantham Street in
the city. — NZN
Bashing pair in custody
A 23-year-old man has been
remanded in custody until next
month after appearing in court
charged with attacking two police
officers with a metal pipe. Road
worker Junior Marsh was remanded
without plea when he appeared in the
Hamilton District Court yesterday
on two counts of wounding with
intent to cause grievous bodily harm
and a charge of failing to stop for
police. The officers needed hospital
treatment after they were bashed
with a metal pipe after stopping a
vehicle early on Wednesday. Peri
Fisher, 30, also appeared on charges
of assaulting police, wounding
with intent to cause grievous bodily
harm and drink-driving. He was
denied bail and remanded without
plea. Both will reappear in court on
February 7. — NZN
Man stabbed in park
A 72-year-old man was stabbed
in the neck in an unprovoked attack
at an Auckland park. He received
a deep cut in his neck which
needed medical treatment after he
was attacked by a man in Little
Rangitoto Reser ve in Remuera about
4.30pm on Wednesday. Police said
the attacker, who was not known to
the victim, tried to engage the man
in conversation but then lashed out
before fleeing on foot. The offender
is described as Caucasian with olive
skin, of medium build. — NZ N
Bank robberies arrest
A man has been arrested in
Christchurch over two Kiwibank
armed robberies. A 47-year-old
Christchurch man was charged with
aggravated robbery after Kiwibank
Riccarton was robbed on Wednesday,
and Kiwibank Bush Inn last week. A
bike was used by the alleged offender
to flee the scene after both robberies.
Fire at boarding house
A west Auckland boarding house
was engulfed by fire in a pre-dawn
blaze. A police spokeswoman said
the fire broke out in the Titirangi
Road property just before 6am.
Everyone inside had been accounted
for and one person was treated for
smoke inhalation. — NZ ME
Numbers in Keno draw No 13672:
8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 18, 19, 23, 26, 29, 34,
37, 41, 43, 50, 56, 57, 73, 74, 78. Draw
No 13673: 4, 7, 8, 9, 14, 22, 31, 34, 35,
36, 37, 38, 41, 43, 47, 49, 50, 54, 60, 79.
Draw No 13674: 3, 6, 7, 13, 23, 27, 34,
35, 38, 44, 47, 48, 51, 53, 55, 57, 60, 65,
76, 78. Draw No 13675: 16, 18, 19, 20,
22, 25, 26, 28, 30, 35, 36, 40, 41, 44, 46,
52, 54, 57, 62, 64.
Attitude of entitlement brings prison term
A bomb scare was dealt with in
Pukekohe yesterday. Police cordoned
off an area of Beatty Road after road
workers came across a suspicious object.
The Defence Force bomb squad dealt
with it. — NZN
A man and a woman have been arrested
after a police patrol car was taken in
Waikato and apparently set alight.
Police say the incident began during a
roadside breath test on Wilson Road, in
Netherton, near Paeroa, about 6.25pm
While an officer was conducting a test
on the female driver, two passengers, one
male and one female, got out and drove
off in the officer’s patrol vehicle.
A pursuit began but was quickly
abandoned because of excessive speed
and the manner of driving.
The patrol vehicle was located in
Meremere without the occupants.
Police say it appears the vehicle was set
alight, causing extensive damage.
They have arrested a 41-year-old man
and a 25-year-old woman. — NZ N
A Dunedin drug addict has been
jailed for exhibiting an attitude that
“smacks of entitlement ”.
Jessie MacGillivray, 20, came
before the court in November with
one of the worst probation reports
Judge Michael Crosbie said he had
She had told the probation officer
she did not want an electronically
monitored sentence because “I do
most of my stuff in the evenings”.
The judge put the case off until
yesterday to allow MacGillivray to
be reinter viewed and have a house
assessed for community or home
But when she appeared, the
Dunedin District Court heard
how the defendant had ignored
calls, messages and home visits by
“It smacks of entitlement. It
smacks of her deciding she’ll do
things on her own terms. What am I
supposed to do?” Judge Crosbie said.
“Here we have a person who’s just
MacGillivray, who cried through-
out yesterday ’s court hearing, was
originally sentenced to 164 hours
of community work in April last
year for drink-driving, assault, and
breaching a community-work order.
Four months later she had only
completed 101⁄2 hours of the
sentence. As of yesterday, that figure
remained the same.
“ We have provided you with
opportunities to do the sentence,”
the judge said. “ Not once, not twice
but more than that.”
MacGillivray said she felt unsafe
doing community work.
“That might be the case but it ’s not
a friendship group,” Judge Crosbie
Lawyer Chris Lynch spoke about
her client ’s drug problems as well as
depression and anxiety but that too
gained little traction with the judge.
know you say you’ve got
difficulties but Ms MacGillivray,
this is not a happy place. People who
come to this court have the same
problems you have,” he said.
If people did not complete their
sentences, the work before the court
The judge said it was important “to
send you and the wider community
the message that we expect sentences
to be done”.
MacGillivray was jailed for two
months and her community work
sentence was cancelled.
— Otago Daily Times
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PICTURE: New Zealand Police
The gold dredge, which has been washed away in the Nevis River.
A search is on for a gold dredge
washed down the Nevis River in
Mining permit holder Daniel
Midgley, of Cromwell, said he
owned the 600kg gold dredge,
which went missing on Monday.
“ I still think it’s up the Nevis
somewhere,” he said last night.
The Nevis River was flowing
at 188 cumecs on Monday as a
result of heavy rain.
“It usually flows at 10 cumecs
. . . therivercameupabout3m
Mr Midgley believed a tree
floating down the river ripped the
dredge from its mooring.
He doubted the $30,000
dredge, which his family had
owned for about three years,
would be found.
The family built the “prototype
dredge”, which had been
For commercial reasons, he
declined to reveal how much gold
the dredge had won.
The 24km gold claim the family
owned in the Nevis Gorge exited
near the Nevis Bungy, he said.
Two cargo boxes with diving
and camping equipment were also
If the dredge was not recovered,
the family would build another
one, Mr Midgley said.
The family owned two dredges
so the mining operation was able
In a statement, police warned
river users to take care because of
concern someone could hit the
missing dredge. It was moored
1km down from the bridge at the
bottom of the dell in Nevis River.
— Otago Daily Times
Rain washes dredge down Otago river
Saudi businessman linked to deal
A livestock carrier owned
by a Saudi businessman is
on its way to New Zealand
to collect more than 5000
dairy cows and take them
The cows are about to
be shipped to China by
the Saudi businessman
involved in the so-called
Saudi sheep scandal, RNZ
Critics say Sheik Hamood
chequered animal welfare record means
the Government must guarantee the
journey will not prove another debacle.
The death of thousands of sheep on
their way to the Middle East on another
vessel owned by Mr Al-Khalaf in 2003
led to the banning of live sheep exports.
Then, two years ago, nearly all the
lambs of 900 heavily-pregnant sheep
the government flew to Mr Al-Khalaf ’s
farm in the Saudi desert died soon after
birth. It was part of a much criticised
deal, in which the Government gave
more than $11 million in cash, livestock
and agricultural equipment to the Saudi
livestock importer. A report on the deal
last year found no evidence of corruption,
but criticised Government processes.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
has received an export application for
5300 dairy breeding cattle.
Mr Al-Khalaf owns the livestock
carrier Awassi Express which is heading
to New Zealand to transport the cows.
It is due to dock in Napier in a few days.
The Labour Party’s primary industry
spokesman Damien O’Connor said the
public needed reassuring the animals
would be safe.
“ I think we need to know that there’s
not some kind of deal done that leaves
the animals at risk.
“ We need to be assured they have the
very highest standards of animal welfare
both on the ship and then of course once
they get to China,” Mr O’Connor said.
Animal rights organisation SAFE
director Hans Kriek said
not only was the voyage
to China tough on the
animals, there was no
guarantee the cows would
be treated humanely at
“These animals, then, in
the end, will be slaughtered
at the end of their
productive life, which we
don’t even know how long
that is in some of these
“They will be slaughtered,
for instance, without stunning as is
required in New Zealand.
“ We are sending our animals to
countries that may well kill them in
a way that would be illegal in New
Zealand — and you could go to jail if
you did it here. ”
New Zealand First leader Winston
Peters said animals could be shipped
humanely if there was appropriate
He said selling New Zealand dairy
cows to China was short-term thinking.
“ It ’s economic treason, there’s no
shortcut through what they ’re trying to
do here. We’re just wantonly making
competition for ourselves,” Mr Peters
Mr O’Connor was not sure the
shipment made strategic sense for New
“ It does beg the question, is New
Zealand benefiting from such a large
export of high-quality genetic material
from our dairy industry?
“ If we’re selling our best genetics to the
Chinese then that makes it harder for us
to compete in that Chinese market.”
The Ministry for Primary Industries
said livestock exporters must meet
requirements around water, food,
space and having suitably-experienced
stockmen and/or veterinarians before it
issued an export permit.
Minister Nathan Guy would not
comment because the export certificate
was not yet issued. — NZN
Maintaining the fabric of St Paul’s
St Paul’s Cathedral is about to
undergo work that could include
earthquake strengthening, a general
tidy up and even an extension.
The work comes as the cathedral
has had to deal with an expanded
role as one of the first ports of call
for cruise ship passengers.
Two huge cranes were in place
yesterday lifting workers high above
the Octagon to inspect the building
as part of a three-stage work
An upgrade of the 98-year-old
Anglican cathedral was necessary
for the “major part of Dunedin’s
cultural background”, keeper of the
fabric David Tucker said.
Mr Tucker, who said his title
translated to the more modern
“chairman of the works committee”
at the cathedral, said the church
“ just gets over the minimum limits”
in terms of being earthquake-proof.
He expected those limits to be
raised by the Government, so the
issue needed to be considered.
Opus International Consultants
principal structural and civil
engineer Andrew Blacker said
his company would assess the
whole building, and update its
conser vation plan.
That would take into account the
condition of the building and set
up a regime of maintenance for the
next 100 years.
Mr Blacker said the cathedral was
“actually a very well-built building”.
“ It’s pretty good.”
However, some aspects, including
its finials, were “just stone work” and
would need to be strengthened.
“There are solutions,” he said of
Inside the cathedral there was
some “massive stone work”, which
had its own resilience but might also
That could involve a system of
“ties” to hold the structure together,
though that would be done in a
way that was in keeping with the
Mr Tucker said the church had
received a $135,000 lottery grant,
and would need more funding as
the project progressed.
The church had become very
popular with cruise ship passengers.
“ We get thousands of them — you
have no idea.
“They flood up the steps like you
While they provided some
donations, it was “not a great deal”,
Mr Tucker said.
That was something that could be
worked on, and the church was also
looking to Dunedin businesses to
help fund the programme.
Mr Tucker said the first stage
of the work included yesterday’s
inspection and would finish in July.
The next stage would include
detailed design and developing
specifications for contractors, while
stage three would be physical work.
That would be “ in a couple of years
at the earliest ”.
While it was “very early days
to talk about it ”, there was
consideration of building “a small
extension” on the Harrop Street side
of the building.
That would provide better facilities
for toilets and meeting rooms, and
easier access. — Otago Daily Times
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
Workers inspect the exterior of St Paul’s Cathedral, part of a project to
assess the state of the building.
Farmers plead for dam
Hawke’s Bay farmers face a bleak
future and the local economy is under
threat unless the Ruataniwha Dam is
built, Federated Farmers says.
The controversial water storage scheme
has been in the works for years but
progress has been bedevilled by council
disputes and legal challenges.
In the latest development, the
Department of Conser vation was in
December granted a Supreme Court
hearing to appeal a decision which
quashed a land swap deal that would
allow the scheme to go ahead.
“ It’s time to put aside the delaying
tactics and negativity and get on with
building the dam,” Federated Farmers’
Hawke’s Bay provincial president Will
“ It ’s getting to a stage now where surely
it ’s obvious the dam is in the interests
of everyone who cares about the Bay’s
future environment and economy.”
Mr Foley says another drought
threatens the region, aquifers are low,
bores are running dry and little rain is
“ We have to get on with building the
dam other wise our future is looking
bleak and uncertain — it will be just too
dry for our region’s sustainability and the
local economy, which relies on primary
produce and manufacturing.” — NZN
Woman killed in smash
A woman died and another was badly
injured after crash on a bridge in Tararua
Both women had been trapped in their
vehicle after a crash with another vehicle
on Anzac Bridge near Eketahuna on
State highway 2.
The driver of the second vehicle was
“okay ”, police said. It was not known if
the second driver was taken to hospital.
The road was expected to remain closed
until the afternoon and diversions were
in place. — NZN
Former prime minister Helen Clark is
stepping down as director of the United
Nations Development Programme in
April at the end of her second four-year
She told her staff that she has informed
UN Secretary-General Antonio
Guterres of her intention to leave the
post on April 19, AFP reported from
“ It has been an honour and privilege
for me to lead UNDP for eight years,”
she said in her e-mail addressed to “dear
Miss Clark has been the highest-
ranked woman at the UN since she took
She was a candidate for the secretary-
general’s job last year but lost to Mr
Guterres. — AAP
One person has been arrested on
charges of criminal damage after a
spate of tyre-slashing incidents in the
Wellington suburb of Miramar.
The 52-year-old man is due to appear
in the Wellington District Court next
week. The arrest came after reports of
complaints by residents over Wellington
airport users parking in their streets for
free rather than paying to park at the
airport. — NZN
Tyre slashing arrest
One man was taken to hospital and
police are hunting for another after a
firearms incident in Waikato.
The armed offenders squad was called
to the Wharepapa South address about
11pm yesterday after an altercation
between three men and two others.
The squad recovered two firearms and
seized a vehicle. No shots were fired.
Three men were helping police with their
investigations, while they were keen to
speak to another. — NZ N
Council concern over water theft
The Far North District Council
is warning residents to be wary
of the water they buy to replenish
rainwater tanks as they believe their
supplies may be being siphoned and
The council said yesterday there
was “strong evidence” water had
been taken from the council’s
Okaihau and Rawene supplies.
Council officials believe the thefts
were probably made using a fire
“This is potentially a serious
public health issue,” the council’s
infrastructure and assets manager
Jacqui Robinson said.
“O ur fear is that those taking
water from council may also be
taking water from streams and
selling it as treated water.
“ Residents should ensure that the
bulk water carrier they are using
is registered with the Ministry of
“Drinking Water New Zealand
lists all registered water carriers
on its website and we will also
have that link on the (council)
Water carriers should be able to
supply delivery dockets stating the
quality of the water and where it
The carriers should also provide
a current water carrier compliance
— NZ ME-Northern Advocate
Four National MPs given new roles
Prime Minister Bill English has
appointed four new Parliamentary
private secretaries to work with the
ministers of ethnic communities,
police, economic development,
environment and conser vation.
Jian Yang will join Melissa Lee,
who has been reappointed, to work
with Ethnic Communities Minister
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi will work
with Police Minister Paula Bennett,
Jonathan Young with Economic
Development Minister Simon
Bridges, and Scott Simpson with
Environment Minister Nick Smith
and Conservation Minister Maggie
Parliamentary private secretaries
assist ministers but, unlike under-
secretaries, are not part of the
executive. They do not get extra pay.
“These are important roles that
help ensure strong links between
the minister and caucus, and help
ensure communities are better
ser ved by the Government,” Mr
English said when he announced
the appointments yesterday.
Former prime minister John Key
appointed several during his eight
years in office but when he resigned
there were only two — Ms Lee and
Jacqui Dean, who is now a minister.
Call to move Marlborough Sounds salmon farms
Six Marlborough Sounds salmon
farms need to be relocated so
they can meet new environmental
Primary Industries Minister
Nathan Guy has released a
consultation document and wants
“This is about making better use
of existing aquaculture space, there
is no proposed increase in the
total surface area used for salmon
farming,” he said.
Mr Guy says the proposed new
sites are further from residential
properties and have stronger
water currents, which reduce the
environmental impact on the
Five of the six proposed relocation
sites are in Pelorus Sound and one
is in Tory Channel.
The farms are operated by New
Zealand King Salmon, and public
hearings on the proposed moves
will be held in April. — NZ N
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