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Rider dies in cliff fall
The man who died after he fell
off a cliff in the Hawke’s Bay while
mountain biking was the husband
of Iona College’s principal. John
Mitchell Warren was an education
consultant in Havelock North and
had been principal at Eynesbury
College in Adelaide before moving
to New Zealand. His wife, Shannon
Warren, was appointed principal of
Havelock North’s Iona College in
2014. The fall happened at Te Mata
Peak, near Havelock North, on
Tuesday evening, and Mr Warren fell
about 15m. — NZ N
Trio rob dairy
Three masked men armed with
weapons that included a pistol, a
golf club and another blunt object
have robbed a Waikato dairy before
making off in a stolen vehicle,
police say. The incident happened
at the Waingaro Road Dairy in
Ngaruawahia about 4.30pm on
Tuesday. The offenders stole a large
quantity of tobacco and cigarettes
before leaving in a blue-green 1997
Nissan Sentra hatchback. The stolen
car was dumped in Brownlee Avenue,
about 600m from the dairy. — NZN
Tourist found safe
An American tourist who got lost
on a popular Waikato walking track
has been found cold and wet by
searchers. Search teams scoured the
Wairere Falls Track near Matamata
late into the night after the man
in his 30s failed to meet up with a
friend. A police spokeswoman said
the pair had earlier split up to walk
separate routes but planned to meet
later at their car. When the man
failed to return, the alarm was raised
about 8.30pm. Searchers found the
man just before midnight. — NZM E
Troops for Middle East
Dozens of New Zealand troops
will head to the Middle East
to combat piracy and people
and drug trafficking. The New
Zealand Defence Force is sending
a 55-member contingent to help a
patrol 3.2 million square miles of
international waters in the Middle
East to support the United States-
led combined maritime forces over
the next year. The first personnel left
on Tuesday night, and the air force
P-3K2 Orion sur veillance aircraft
will leave later this week. — NZ N
There was no division one winner
in Lotto draw No 1619 last night.
Successful numbers were 4, 6, 25, 35,
39, 40; bonus 23. Strike numbers were
40, 25, 4, 39. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 5. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13724: 6,
9, 16, 18, 26, 31, 34, 36, 37, 44, 50, 52,
54, 61, 65, 66, 67, 70, 74, 80. Draw No
13725: 2, 8, 11, 15, 17, 18, 19, 25, 28,
33, 41, 46, 50, 52, 53, 62, 64, 68, 71, 78.
Draw No 13726: 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26,
27, 29, 34, 35, 37, 40, 41, 48, 50, 54, 71,
73, 75, 80. Draw No 13727: 11, 13, 14,
20, 21, 24, 27, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 44, 53,
61, 66, 67, 69, 73, 76.
Synlait raises payout forecast to $6.25
No one was hurt in an apartment fire in
A Fire Ser vice spokesman said it was
a small bedroom fire and was put out
The fire started at an apartment on
Eden Crescent in central Auckland.
A New Zealand man could face the
death penalty after being charged with
the murder of a fellow inmate in a San
Aucklander Clinton Thinn, 29, is the
step-brother of cabinet minister Nikki
Kaye who said it is a “difficult and sad”
time for the family.
Thinn is accused of killing the inmate
in the George Bailey Detention Facility,
where he has been held since a botched
bank robbery last year.
According to the San Diego sherrif ’s
office, Thinn is charged with first-degree
murder and seven other charges.
Ms Kaye, who is in line to become
education minister in May, said in a
statement today “this is a difficult and
sad time for all those affected by what
“As this is before the courts I will not
be commenting further.”
Thinn will appear in court on the
murder charge on March 6.
He was allegedly involved in an
incident in prison which resulted in the
death of a prisoner.
It came after he had pledged allegiance
to the white supremacist Aryan
Brotherhood group, a friend told the
New Zealand Herald.
Another friend told the paper Thinn
had some personal issues and should
never have left the country.
Thinn was in jail after he allegedly tried
to rob a bank in San Diego, armed with a
hammer and a flare gun in June last year.
However police descended on the bank
and he was arrested, according to an
NBC report. — NZN
Synlait Milk, the NZX-listed dairy
company, increased the forecast
payout for its farmer suppliers to
$6.25 per kilogram of milk solids for
the current season up from a prior
forecast of $6.
“International dairy commodity
prices have improved further since
our last announcement in November
and although prices have eased
slightly in early 2017, we believe
$6.25 is now a realistic estimate
for the current season,” chairman
Graeme Milne said in a statement.
Dairy prices eased in January
but eked out a gain at this week’s
Global Dairy Trade auction, bucking
expectations for a decline, as both
whole and skim milk powder rose.
The GDT price index rose 1.3% to
$US3537 ($4876), up from $3517 at
the previous auction three weeks ago.
Synlait managing director John
Penno said a return to a financially
sustainable milk price after two
challenging seasons is good news
for Synlait ’s 200 suppliers in
The forecast payout is slightly
higher than the $6 Fonterra Co-
operative Group is forecasting it will
pay its 10,500 farmer shareholders.
Synalit ’s shares last traded at $3.15
and have gained 14% over the past
12 months. — NZ ME
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A kitten found abandoned in
Hamilton bush was born with
no eyes, its new owners have
Although the frisky, grey
fluffball cannot see, it does not
stop it wanting to play.
Petra Hendrikse said her
mother found the kitten in bush
behind a local high school.
“I got a text from my mum
yesterday with a photo of him
and I was just like, ‘Oh my God,
we need to keep him. ’ I went over
there and he was just the cutest
little button and from there on we
took him into the staff room and
decided what to do.
“We tookhim to the vet to
make sure he didn’t have the cat
flu or anything and he’s fine. ”
decided that he was born without
eyeballs, Ms Hendrikse said.
“They said he was good to go
because if he had cat flu we would
think about putting him down.
He’s so brave, that ’s what really
got me, especially because he was
a stray. It really surprised me how
affectionate he was.”
Stevie Wonder was found
by itself, so they believed its
mother and siblings took off to
play or hunt, not realising its
However, as to whether the
family would keep him remains
to be seen as they already had two
If the trio did not bond, they
would have to look at adopting
him out, she said.
Auckland Animal Eye Centre
veterinary ophthalmologist Peter
Collinson said while he had not
assessed the kitten himself, if it
was born without eyes, it was not
an unknown phenomenon.
“ It is unusual, it is certainly not
a common congenital fault and
they can have it for a number of
“ Without doing specialised
imaging they ’re not going to
see if there’s anything in there
or not, they ’re probably just not
opening eyes or they’re very small,
atrophic eyes and you can either
get that from an infection or just
congenital bad luck in utero that
they haven’t formed properly.”
Despite the deformity, Mr
Collinson said the kittens go on
to lead a normal life.
“The majority of the kittens
cope exceedingly well, unless
there’s another fault, but they
should have a good quality of
— N Z ME-New Zealand Herald
Abandoned kitten born with no eyes
PICTURES: New Zealand Herald
Petra Hendrikse and the new family pet — five-week-old kitten Stevie Wonder which was born without
report into the effectiveness
Authority is unbalanced
and misses the point,
Minister Gerry Brownlee
The report said Cera
got off to a good start,
but lost its way, and made
suggestions about how to do things
better in the future.
Mr Brownlee, the Minister supporting
Greater Christchurch Regeneration,
says the report had to be viewed “in
the context of New Zealand’s most
significant natural disaster”.
“ I believe the report as a whole is
unbalanced at times and doesn’t compare
Cera with other recovery agencies or
post-disaster experiences worldwide,” he
“Cera was in an evolving post-disaster
situation — that included thousands of
aftershocks. People were very stressed
for a great number of reasons and the
report skims over the enormity of this
impact on every facet of the community’s
Mr Brownlee said Cera was subject
to annual audits, including quality
assurance reports, as well as a robust
select committee process, and was
assisted in financial management by
He said he remained proud of the work
Cera staff accomplished alongside other
local and central government agencies,
and staff should be as well.
Cera was set up to lead and co-ordinate
the recovery from the 2011 Canterbury
earthquakes and was disestablished last
year, with its roles transferring to others.
Auditor-General Lyn Provost said
Cera did well early on.
It was effective in managing the
demolition of condemned buildings and
in leading a co-ordinated government
response to the earthquakes.
But it found it challenging
to maintain momentum.
Its role became less
clear as it took on more
responsibility for delivering
“In my view, both Cera
and the Christchurch City
Council were not as open
or transparent with one
another as is required for
an effective recovery. This caused delays
in some programmes,” she says.
Cera did not engage the community
well, and struggled to demonstrate
its effectiveness and value for money
because it had inadequate performance
measures and information.
It also took a long time for Cera to set
up effective systems and controls.
Cera’s management controls and
improvement right up to the time of its
The report, focused on Cera, is the
last in a series on the Canterbury
earthquake recovery by the Auditor-
Cera was set up in 2011 to lead
and co-ordinate the recovery from
the Canterbury earthquakes and
was disestablished last year, its roles
transferring to others.
In 2010 and 2011, the Canterbury
region suffered New Zealand’s worst
natural disaster since the Napier
earthquake in 1931. The Canterbury
earthquakes killed 185 people, injured
about 5800 people, damaged more than
100,000 homes, destroyed much of
Christchurch’s central business district,
and badly damaged infrastructure.
The recovery task was unprecedented
in New Zealand.
Over five years, Cera spent $4 billion
on a wide range of programmes and
The report was the last in a series by
the Auditor-General on the Canterbury
recovery. — NZN
A police officer investigating a
Taranaki crash involving an off-duty
officer had a conflict of interest and
his investigation was “substandard”,
the police watchdog has found.
On November 6, 2015, an off-duty
police officer was driving north on
State highway 3 near Mimi, Taranaki,
and overtook a truck, forcing an
oncoming driver to swer ve off the
The female driver suffered only
minor injuries, but her car was
The investigating officer decided
to issue the off-duty officer with
a written warning, rather than
prosecuting him, as long as he paid
the woman reparation.
The woman complained to the
Authority in March last year, saying
police were treating the officer
more favourably than they would an
ordinary member of the public.
“The investigating officer should
have investigated the crash more
thoroughly,” ICPA chairman Judge
Sir David Carruthers said in his
decision released today.
“The decision to issue a written
traffic warning to the off-duty
officer was not appropriate in the
The woman told the ICPA the
investigating officer said at the scene
the off-duty officer could lose his job
if his boss found out about the crash.
She thought what he was saying
was “a little strange” and felt
uncomfortable, but went along with
The officer had not communicated
clearly with both parties about the
intended outcome and they had
different views on whether he would
He said explained to her the matter
would not go through the courts, but
a written traffic warning would be
noted on the off-duty officer’s driving
She said she still expected that
he would be charged, because he
had mentioned court during their
conversation at the crash scene.
However, the investigating officer
decided that “because it was a non-
injury accident, a written traffic
warning would be appropriate”.
Sir David said the investigating
officer should have recognised there
may have been a perceived conflict of
interest and notified a super visor.
However, the authority did not find
the investigating officer’s written
traffic warning was because of bias or
The off-duty officer last year pleaded
guilty to careless driving.
Police said they accepted the
incident was not managed properly
and the investigating officer should
have taken further steps given that an
off-duty officer was involved.
“Police holds our staff to account
under the law like any member of
the public, and we have processes
in place to ensure this happens,”
acting Central District commander
Inspector Sarah Stewart said.
An internal review has identified
performance issues which have been
dealt with, Ms Stewart said. — N ZN
Police crash investigation labelled substandard
A blaze which tore through Rotorua’s
St John’s Presbyterian Church, leaving
residents mourning, is being treated as
suspicious by police.
Central Rotorua was wreathed in palls
of smoke after a fire engulfed the church
last night, its roof collapsing about 6pm
despite the efforts of a dozen fire engines
called to the scene.
Police today said investigators were
now treating the blaze as suspicious
and were appealing to the public for
“ We ask anyone who may be able to
provide information, no matter how
minor, to talk to police,” detective
sergeant Garry Hawkins said.
Police are asking people to stay away
while they investigate.
“ While the building is so unstable, it
is dangerous to be anywhere near the
The fast-spreading fire could been seen
over a wide area and burned particles
were falling in a suburb at least 5km
Only the church’s hall sur vived — with
some smoke damage — and it was likely
the entire building would have to be
demolished, Fire Ser vice assistant area
commander Hamish Smith said.
Veterinary surgeon Chris McKenzie,
whose practice is close to the church,
says it was heart-wrenching to watch St
“ We could see flames jumping above
the roof-line,” he said. “ It was a beautiful
church. A very sad loss.”
His wife, Carol McKenzie, ran a
parenting programme from the church,
which she says was very community-
It had a food bank, a drop-in cafe and a
major Christmas programme, and did a
great deal for people in general, she said.
“It’s going to be a huge loss for the
community because they (St John’s) are
very involved in so many things for the
Nearby resident Judith King said the
sight of the church on fire made her cry.
Also mourning its loss was Judi Hart,
whose grandmother, Ellen Whitely,
lived on the site of the church’s present
“The church was modern but beautiful.
It’s very sad it has gone like this.”
Mr Hawkins said it was a “tragedy for
The church was built on its present
site in the 1980s and was constructed of
brick but with a lot of woodwork inside.
A prime feature was its stained glass
windows donated by earlier parishioners
of the original St John’s, which stood on
a hill in the central business district.
The new St John’s was built when the
hill was bulldozed to accommodate the
building occupied by Winz and CYFS.
No other buildings were damaged in
the blaze. — N ZN
Govt to review
The Government has launched a
study into fuel prices versus returns to
determine if motorists are paying fair
prices at the pump.
Energy and Resources Minister Judith
Collins announced the study today and
says it is expected to be completed by the
Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment by June.
“MBIE data shows that fuel margins
have more than doubled over the last five
years,” she said.
“The market study will report on fuel
company returns and will include in-
depth analysis of oil companies’ finances.”
The study will focus on returns against
cost and determine if companies are
making “super-normal” profits.
Ms Collins said it could be done
quickly but would require industry co-
operation with MBIE, something she is
confident can be achieved.
The terms of reference are yet to be
finalised. — NZ N
A man has admitted to shooting and
killing his son at a rural property in
Hawke’s Bay, but his lawyer says he
should not ser ve a life sentence.
Dean Cole, 62, pleaded guilty in the
High Court at Wellington today to
murdering 42-year-old Blair Cole, in
Mohaka last October.
He will be sentenced in Gisborne in
But his lawyer, Susan Hughes, QC,
told Justice Robert Dobson she would
be asking for a sentence less than life
Life imprisonment with a non-parole
period of 10 years is the minimum penalty
for murder, unless such a sentence can be
shown to be manifestly unjust.
Ms Hughes said submissions would be
made on a number of matters.
Blair Cole was found with a gunshot
wound after emergency ser vices were
called to the rural home on October 12.
— NZ ME-Hawke’s Bay Today
Green Party co-leader Metiria
Turei is disputing Housing New
Zealand’s defence of its meth
McKenzie told MPs yesterday the
agency had never been informed
it was incorrectly using meth lab
clean-up guidelines to evict tenants
for smoking the drug, and blamed
the media for getting it wrong,
RNZ reported today.
Meth lab remediation guidelines
were developed by the Ministry of
Health in 2010.
In October, senior Health
Jessamine said health staff had
met with Housing NZ officials
on several occasions and routinely
pointed out the guidelines applied
only to meth labs.
At the social ser vices select
committee at Parliament yesterday,
Green Party co-leader Ms Turei
asked Mr McKenzie why the
agency continued its campaign of
evictions, given that advice.
“ You were told by the Ministry of
Health that you were not using that
meth lab guideline appropriately in
the eviction of families and yet you
continued to use it, that is correct
Mr McKenzie replied that it was
not correct. Ms Turei persisted.
“That ’s what the Ministry of
Health have said, that they told you
not to proceed in the way you were.”
Mr McKenzie said that was what
“But if you are actually working
with the Ministry of Health,
certainly they do not say that they
told us that we were using that
“They acknowledged that was the
only guideline they could give us,
so that was what we used, so that
is that part.
“That is what was reported, but
that is inaccurate. ”
Outside the committee, Ms Turei
disputed Mr McKenzie’s answers.
“ When I asked the question, ‘Did
Ministry of Health tell you the
guidelines were not suitable?’ they
said no. We have evidence that
showed that the Ministry of Health
repeatedly told Housing NZ those
guidelines were not suitable for the
eviction of those tenants. ”
Following the select committee,
Mr McKenzie declined to answer
questions from media. — NZ N
Housing NZ meth evictions queried
Quake safety concern sees IRD leave building
Staff at an Inland Revenue
Department building in Wellington
have been evacuated as a precaution,
after an engineer’s report raised
concerns arising from November’s
7.8 magnitude earthquake.
About 450 to 495 staff left the
11-storey building in Hawkestone
Street yesterday afternoon after
IRD received the report.
IRD spokesman Pete
Schaardenburg says the building is
among the 80 that Wellington City
Council said in December needed
more engineering checks.
“As a consequence of the
engineering work that was done,
there have been some concerns
identified around a couple of the
pre-fabricated concrete floors,” he
“So it’s not the structure of
the building as such, but the
engineers have suggested we do
some remedial work to those floors
and that requires our staff to be
evacuated while that ’s done.”
IRD has about 6000 employees
and Mr van Schaardenburg said the
evacuation would have no major
impact on customer ser vice.
The Hawkestone Street building
did have an area for clients to meet
staff and that would be out of action
in the meantime.
No decision had yet made on staff
It was possible that most of those
affected could be accommodated
in the IRD’s other premises in
Wellington while some could
potentially work from home.
headquarters at the Asteron Centre
in Wellington was closed for about
two weeks in the wake of the
earthquake. — NZ N
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