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Former Police Association boss
Greg O’Connor has been selected
as the Labour Party candidate for
Ohariu for the general election in
September. Party members met
yesterday to select their candidate
from two nominees. The seat is
held by United Future leader Peter
Dunne, a partner of National in the
current Government. — NZ N
Fire guts Luggate home
One person is being treated for
smoke inhalation following a fire
which ripped through a home near
Wanaka. Fire crews found the house
in Luggate well ablaze when they
arrived about 6am today. The fire
was quickly contained, a Fire Ser vice
spokesman said. One person was
treated for smoke inhalation. — NZN
Cyclist badly injured
A cyclist sustained a serious
head injury after colliding with
a camper van in Portobello Road,
Dunedin, on Saturday. The man,
understood to be a Canadian tourist
in his 30s, was in a serious but stable
condition in Dunedin Hospital
yesterday. It is understood the man’s
family is flying from Canada to be
with him. — Otago Daily Times
The 5.2 quake that struck the South
Island yesterday was a typical jolt to
be expected in a major aftershock
sequence since November’s 7.8 event,
GNS Science seismologists said.
The quake struck 15km north-west
of Culverden at a depth of 9km at
9.18am yesterday. — N ZN
Quad bike rider hurt
A man was flown by rescue
helicopter to Taranaki Hospital
with serious injuries after a quad
bike accident on Saturday. The man
was injured about 11.22am along
Motukawa Road, Tarata, east of New
Plymouth, St John said. — NZ ME
A ticket sold in Tauranga won its
holder $1 million in division one of
Lotto draw No 1620 on Saturday.
Successful numbers were 11, 15, 17,
23, 30, 35; bonus 29. Strike numbers
were 11, 15, 35, 23. There was no
Strike Four winner. Powerball
number 10. There was no division
Numbers in Keno draw No 13736: 8,
11, 16, 19, 20, 35, 39, 49, 51, 58, 63, 64,
65, 67, 68, 69, 72, 74, 75, 79. Draw No
13737: 3, 10, 11, 12, 17, 19, 21, 22, 31,
32, 38, 41, 49, 51, 53, 57, 61, 67, 76, 80.
Draw No 13738: 1, 4, 9, 10, 11, 27, 40,
41, 42, 44, 46, 49, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 65,
68, 72. Draw No 13739: 3, 6, 12, 17,
22, 27, 32, 36, 37, 39, 44, 47, 48, 52, 55,
56, 65, 66, 77, 80. Draw No 13740: 7,
9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 34, 37, 43,
45, 49, 54, 55, 58, 69, 70, 71. Draw No
13741: 8, 16, 19, 20, 21, 29, 39, 44, 48,
50, 57, 59, 62, 63, 67, 68, 72, 74, 77, 80.
Draw No 13742: 7, 16, 17, 26, 30, 31,
33, 34, 37, 39, 50, 51, 56, 61, 64, 67, 72,
75, 76, 80. Draw No 13743: 4, 8, 14,
22, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 42, 45, 46, 48, 56,
64, 66, 68, 70, 77, 80.
Authorities probe cruise ship collision
A large street brawl in Auckland has
put one person in hospital suffering from
stab wounds, police say.
Police and ambulance were called at
1.40am yesterday after reports of 30
to 40 people brawling on a Glen Innes
street, a police spokeswoman said.
The victim is in a stable condition in
hospital. — NZ N
The task of dealing with between 250
and 300 dead pilot whales on a beach got
under way today.
As long as the rescued whales stay at
sea the focus will turn to dealing with the
There have been reports the whales may
“explode” on the beach where they lie on
Far well Spit.
A Department of Conser vation
spokeswoman told NZ Newswire efforts
today will turn towards disposal of the
“ We are talking to iwi but the idea is
to tether the whales with a long narrow
fence to stop them drifting away and
becoming a hazard in the water.
“Then they will be left to bio-degrade
in the marine environment. They will be
de-gassed to allow the gas to escape,” she
said. — NZN
Authorities from Wellington are
on their way to Timaru to investigate
how a luxury cruise liner collided
with another vessel in the city’s port
The Seabourn Encore, nicknamed
the “sexiest ship at sea” arrived in the
Port of Timaru yesterday morning.
However, it soon got itself into
trouble when it collided with the
cement carrier Milburn Carrier II.
Investigation Commission has
started an inquiry, with two
investigators from the commission
due to touch down in Timaru today.
The Seabourn Encore left for
Regional harbourmaster Jim Dilley
said investigators had been speaking
to the crew and assessing the damage.
Investigations were also being
carried out at Timaru’s port.
He said the ship would be leaving
for Wellington as scheduled this
A witness told Fairfax he and his
wife had been passing the area when
they saw the incident.
“We were . . . looking at the stern
when a southerly came up,” he said.
“I said to my wife: ‘That mooring
line’s not set right for this kind of
The witness said the wind
strengthened and up to four of the
ship’s mooring lines broke, resulting
in the Seabourn Encore hitting the
Milburn Carrier II nearby.
passengers returning to the ship,
lined up along the port to watch as
the ship drifted and collided with
the cement carrier.
A witness, who did not want to be
named, said it sounded like gunshots
when the moorings “snapped”.
Prime Port chief executive Phil
Melhopt said the incident occurred
at about 3.15pm when the southerly
wind gusted up to 45 knots, causing
the stern moorings to fail on the
The ship then swung around and
collided with the Milburn Carrier
II, causing damage to the hull of the
There was damage to the stern of
the cruise ship as it came up against
the No 2 wharf, he said.
stay on the
604-person cruise liner costs
$40,000. — NZ ME
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The mother of missing
humbled by numerous
offers to search for her son
using drone technology.
Several drone operators
have contacted Charlotte
Lipp and offered to help
look for the teen who
disappeared seven years
Leo was 19 when he
went missing from his flat
at 4am Sunday, January
24, 2010 after a night out
clubbing with friends.
Neither he nor his distinctive orange
station wagon have been seen since.
Charlotte Lipp said she was grateful for
the offers and hoped the new technology
might giver her some answers.
“I want to say thank you for all of the
offers. We did a lot of helicopter searches
at the time but there is a lot that was
missed,” Ms Lipp said.
“There were a lot of roads we searched
but we would come to a cliff, that is
where a drone would have been helpful.”
Among the offers of help was one from
a professional drone operator who has
worked for decades with the police and
search and rescue.
Paul Grayson, who owns Wellington
drone company iAbove, has offered to
look in gullies and steep drops where
earlier searches could not reach.
Mr Grayson has used his advanced
drone equipment with search and rescue
teams and had also helped the local
SPCA locate animals which had fallen
down cliffs and banks.
“ I worked for 13 years in the police
and have worked in search and rescue
so would like to use that
experience to help Leo’s
family in their search,” he
“Every family wants to
bring their loved one home,
no matter how much time
has passed. ”
Other people had
contacted Ms Lipp through
social media offering help
commitments for the next
month and would then
start organising a planned
She wanted time to assess
the best search areas so time and effort
was not wasted.
Theories on what happened to Leo
include his car accidentally going off a
steep bank, suicide and in more recent
years, that he was the victim of foul play.
In the years after Leo’s disappearance
police received information which led
them to believe someone unknown to
Leo was responsible for his death.
In 2014 police raided properties in
Blenheim looking for Leo’s watch. They
also searched for car parts from his
Police believed the items could lead
to charges of murder, manslaughter or
grievous bodily harm.
Police recently said there were no new
leads in Leo’s disappearance but the case
was still active and a $50,000 reward was
still in place.
Ms Lipp said her gut feeling was that
Leo had accidentally driven off the road
She said her biggest hope was that her
son is still alive but just had not made
contact for some reason. — NZ ME
A Dunedin man was getting
ready to go to sleep on a couch
when the back end of a utility
vehicle “came flying through the
The woman whose vehicle
crashed into the parked vehicle
escaped with minor injuries.
Jaryd Grimwood said he had
gone to bed in his house in
Elgin Road just before 1am on
His friend James Harrex was
sitting on the end of the couch
in the lounge, preparing to sleep
Mr Harrex heard a screech of
tyres, and stood up just before the
back of a parked utility vehicle
“c ame flying through the wall”,
demolishing the couch.
The impact knocked him to the
Mr Grimwood said a woman
had driven a hatchback into his
flatmate’s parked vehicle. Mr
Harrex had minor cuts.
A St John spokesman said
the woman had minor injuries
and was taken by ambulance to
Both vehicles were badly
damaged and were towed away,
Mr Grimwood said.
He had no contents insurance
to cover the couch and a smashed
The woman driver had been
inter viewed and “tests” were being
processed, a police spokeswoman
Charges might be laid as a result
of the incident, the spokeswoman
said. — Otago Daily Times
Close call as shunted vehicle ploughs through wall
PICTURES: Otago Daily Times
A hole left in a Dunedin house after a hatchback hit a parked utility vehicle, shunting it through the
wall on Saturday.
The Government is facing
increasing calls for an inquiry into
abuse in State care, with the Human
Rights Commission the latest to urge
a full investigation.
Social Development Minister
Anne Tolley has described the abuse
of more than a 1000 children in
State care between the 1950s and
1980s as “abhorrent ” but has again
rejected claims the Government
must investigate the full extend of
Prominent New Zealanders have
banded together to demand an
independent inquiry into the claims
of sexual and physical abuse of
children in State care.
The Human Rights Commission
has spearheaded an open letter
to the Government calling for a
comprehensive inquiry and a public
apology to those who were abused,
and their families, in what is described
as a dark chapter in our history.
Among the 29 signatories of what
now underpins the “Never Again”
petition to the Government are Race
Relations Commissioner Dame
Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights
Commissioner David Rutherford,
Equal Employment Opportunities
Commissioner and former National
MP Jackie Blue, former Mental
Health Foundation chief executive
Judi Clements and University of
Otago dean of law Prof Mark
The background to their call is. —
In 2001, the Government issued
an apology and compensation to a
group of former patients of the former
Lake Alice psychiatric hospital after
a report by a retired judge who had
inter viewed them and found their
Th e issue widened to former
patients of other asylums and the
Government set up a confidential
listening ser vice for them to speak of
the abuse they had suffered.
Former State wards made claims
for abuse in state care and a listening
ser vice was created for them.
Th e head of that ser vice, Judge
Carolyn Henwood, recommended
creating an independent body
to resolve historic and current
Th e Government last year rejected
In support of the commission’s call,
Disability Rights Commissioner
Paul Gibson said “thousands of
people were abused by their own
than 100,000 New
Zealanders were taken from their
families and put into state institutions
from the 1950s to the 1990s, where
many suffered serious physical, sexual
and emotional abuse and neglect over
“The extent of the abuse is unknown.
We believe this painful and shocking
chapter of New Zealand history is
one that needs to be opened. If we do
not openly talk about the mistakes we
made, then we cannot ensure they are
Indigenous Rights Commissioner
Karen Johansen said Maori children
were more likely to be taken from
their families than other children.
At some institutions, at least 80% of
the young people were from Maori
“ We know more than 40% of prison
inmates spent their childhood in
state care. This is a dark chapter in
New Zealand history that must be . . .
understood and never repeated.”
The open letter is signed by iwi
leaders, child advocates and disability
The Ministry of Social Development
says that, to last September, it had
directly received 1370 claims for
abuse before 1993, of which 910
had been closed. It had made 728
payments “to acknowledge failings”,
and the average amount was $19,036.
Claims filed in court numbered
589, of which 224 were resolved out
of court and none in court. Payments,
averaging $20,958, had been made to
Forty-two direct claims for 1993
to 2007 had been paid out at, on
average, $15,430. One court claim
had been resolved, out of court, and
the payment was $6000.
“ We must acknowledge publicly
the mistreatment of so many young
children in State care. There should be
an independent inquiry; their voices
need to be heard,” Labour children’s
spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said in
a statement today.
Green Party social development
spokeswoman Jan Logie said
it seemed everyone but the
Government realised an inquiry and
formal apology were essential to
helping victims find closure.
Ms Tolley has previously ruled out
a blanket apology, preferring to give
a personal apology to those who
come for ward. Last year she revealed
the Government had settled more
than 900 abuse claims, including a
personal apology and compensation
totalling more than $17 million.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Calls grow for State care abuse inquiry
Fishing boat salvage operation completed
After being stuck on rocks for
four days, the Oamaru fishing
vessel Jane Marie has been lifted
clear and the salvage and pollution
response is over.
Jane Marie ran into trouble on
the night of February 9 while
entering Oamaru Harbour with
two crew on board.
A Maritime New Zealand
spokesman said both crew ended
up in the water, were rescued and
went to hospital for treatment.
Otago Regional Council on-
scene commander Scott MacLean
said it was believed Jane Marie was
carrying about 500 litres of fuel
and most of the diesel had leaked
out as water found its way into the
However, the tanks did not
rupture which had lessened the
effect of the fuel, he said.
“From a response point of view,
it’s better to deal with it like
that than the whole immediate
He said the fuel recovery buoys
distributed throughout Oamaru
Harbour had absorbed a large
quantity and stopped the diesel
He could not say how much, but
the buoys smelled strongly of fuel.
Mr MacLean said, from his
response team’s point of view, the
four-day operation went well and
he declared it over yesterday.
He said the boat was brought out
in two sections.
Over the past few days, bits of it
had fallen into the water but a lot
of debris was collected.
Colony research scientist
Philippa Agnew said the facility’s
rehabilitation unit had been ready
to cope with any injured or diesel-
affected birds, but so far had not
been needed. No one from the
Department of Conser vation could
not be reached for comment.
— Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Members of the salvage team and Otago Regional Council staff at
work on Holmes Wharf during the Jane Marie recovery.
A body was discovered in North
Hagley Park in Christchurch this
Police were called to the scene
near Riccarton Avenue on the
northern side of the road just after
Police cordoned off a large area
of the park, including a popular
walking track, as they work to
identify the body. — NZ ME
Body found in Hagley Park
Court follows Huntly abuse
A 27-year-old woman is due to appear
in court after allegedly abusing Muslim
women in Huntly during the weekend.
The woman is due to appear in the
Hamilton District Court today on
charges of assault, assault with a weapon,
and offensive language.
The Muslims from Auckland were at
a rest stop in Huntly on Saturday when
the woman swore at them and told them
“you don’t have the right to be here”.
She also struck out at the group and
threw a beer can in an exchange filmed
by one of the group, Mehpara Khan,
who posted the video on Facebook and
reported the incident to police.
The video has been viewed by more
than 400,000 people.
Yesterday the Islamic Women’s
Council of New Zealand joined a host
others condemning the attack.
The Islamic Council urged other
women to follow Ms Kahn’s example
and report instances of harassment
and abuse to the council or Human
Rights Commission and police where
appropriate. — NZ N
Shed fire victim named
Police have released the name of
the woman who died in a shed fire in
Christchurch. She was 51-year-old
Savita Devi Naidu.
Officers were alerted to the fire at
Tanker ville Road in Hoon Hay about
8am on Thursday and the death was
initially treated as unexplained.
On Saturday police said they had
completed a scene examination. There
were no suspicious circumstances and
police were not seeking anyone else in
connection with the death. — NZ N
A man has been flown to hospital for
treatment to an injury sustained at a
The Bay Trust rescue helicopter was
sent to the motocross event near Matata
A 42-year-old Tauranga man had
fallen from his bike.
He suffered serious injuries to the
right side of his body and was flown to
Tauranga Hospital. — N Z N
Paul Eagle has been confirmed as
Labour’s candidate for Rongotai for this
year’s general election.
He was the sole nominee to replace
Labour MP Annette King after Labour
leader Andrew Little decided to stay as a
Ms King, the current Labour deputy
leader, is staying on in politics on
Mr Eagle, 45, said he would continue
to perform his deputy mayor’s role in
Wellington throughout the campaign
and resign if he won the seat in
“A hugely popular figure, Annette has
worked tirelessly to ser ve the people
of Rongotai for the past 23 years, and
the Labour Party for more than four
decades,” he said.
The son of a retired Methodist minister
and mother who worked in the health
sector, Mr Eagle says he learned the
importance of community ser vice and
helping others. — NZ N
Police divers are set to join the search
for a missing person in Lake Rotoiti,
The person failed to resurface after
disappearing under the water around
3.30pm yesterday with authorities using
boats and searching the shoreline failing
to locate them, a police spokeswoman
The search resumed this morning with
police national dive squad members
expected to enter the lake. — NZ N
A 49-year-old Piopio man was
seriously injured when his bike left the
road and crashed into a paddock.
The Waikato Westpac rescue helicopter
was dispatched to the motorcycle crash
near the north Waikato settlement of
Waiterimu on Saturday.
The man had serious internal injuries.
He was treated by St John paramedics
before being flown to Waikato Hospital.
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