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Body found in lake
A body recovered from Lake
Rotoiti is believed to be the person
missing on the lake since Sunday.
The body was recovered yesterday
about 3pm off Gisborne Point by
police divers brought in on Monday.
— NZ ME-Rotorua Daily Post
A 30-year-old man has been
remanded in custody after appearing
in the Auckland District Court over
the alleged abduction of a woman
in broad daylight. He faces charges
of indecent assault, violence with a
sexual intent, taking a person with
intent to have sexual intercourse and
unlawfully entering a building. He
did not enter a plea and will reappear
in court on March 9. — NZN
Hillary notebook for sale
A notebook belonging to Sir
Edmund Hillary will be sold after
it was found in a box of old books
donated by the late mountaineer’s
caretaker. The box was donated
to second-hand bookshop David
Thomas Bookshop in the 1980s. In it
was Hillary’s address book, containing
handwritten entries of his Auckland
and London homes, and those of
fellow Everest conqueror Sherpa
Tenzing and friend Peter Mulgrew.
It will be auctioned on March 1 by
Mossgreen-Webb’s. — N ZME
Bail in abuse case
A 27-year-old woman who
admitted assaulting and abusing a
Muslim woman has been bailed to an
Auckland home. Megan Sarah Louise
Walton was bailed in the Hamilton
District Court on Monday to
yesterday to confirm a bail address. She
had received threatening messages.
Judge Kim Saunders suppressed
Walton’s address and remanded her on
bail for sentencing. — NZ M E
Woman, 88, found safe
Police will be working with the
family of an 88-year-old woman
who went missing in Whangarei to
ensure she can be found easily if she
wanders off again. The woman, who
has dementia, was reported missing
about 12.45pm yesterday. She was
found by a member of the public
who took her home about 2.40pm.
— NZ ME -Northern Advocate
Two share Lotto
Two tickets, sold in Canterbury
and Manurewa, shared the division
one prize in Lotto draw No 1621,
each winning $500,000. Successful
numbers were 3, 5, 28, 29, 32, 36;
bonus 20. Strike numbers were 32,
3, 29, 28. There was no Strike Four
winner. Powerball number 1. There
was no division one winner.
Numbers in Keno draw No 13752:
47, 51, 52, 63, 64, 68, 73, 74. Draw No
13753: 1, 3, 5, 10, 18, 19, 22, 27, 32,
38, 45, 46, 53, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 72, 74.
Draw No 13754: 11, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29,
30, 36, 43, 45, 49, 51, 52, 53, 56, 63, 73,
76, 77, 78. Draw No 13755: 2, 8, 11,
18, 21, 29, 34, 35, 37, 43, 45, 51, 52, 55,
62, 63, 65, 68, 72, 73.
The teenager jailed for six years
after he stabbed a west Auckland
dairy owner to death has been
granted regular releases from jail to
attend school lessons.
He has also been granted further
release to visit his seriously ill sister.
The youth was 14 when he was
found guilty of the manslaughter of
Arun Kumar at the Railside Dairy in
Arun Kumar Kumar was fatally
stabbed in his dairy on Railside
Avenue in Henderson on June 10,
The youth was found not guilty of
the more serious charge of murdering
the father of two after a lengthy trial
in the High Court at Auckland.
He was sentenced to six years in
prison by Justice Graham Lang,
and granted permanent name
A second teenager, 13 at the time
of Mr Kumar’s death, was found not
guilty of manslaughter and was also
granted name suppression.
It has been learned the jailed teen
has been leaving the Corrections
facility where he is ser ving his
sentence to attend school.
For legal reasons, the specific
details where and when he is
studying cannot be published.
It is understood the lessons are
considered part of his rehabilitation.
A source close to the teen’s family
said he had also been permitted leave
the facility regularly to visit his sister.
Further details about the killer’s
sister, her illness or where the visits
are taking place cannot be revealed.
“He is being brought out to visit
his sister . . . she is dying,” the source
said. “S he is pretty bad and they are
Information was requested from
the Department of Corrections
about how often the teen was being
released and what super vision and
monitoring was in place.
It would not be drawn on the
details. “ We can’t comment for
privacy and security reasons,” a
The Parole Board also refused to
comment when asked if the teenager
had been before it seeking early
release from prison.
“The board is withholding any and
all hearing outcomes for this offender
under section 9(2)(a) of the Official
Information Act “to protect the
privacy of any person” as we believe,
particularly given the age of the
offender, and considerations around
the offender and rehabilitation and
also registered victims, outweigh any
public right to know.”
Mr Kumar died after the teenager
stabbed him in the neck.
At the time, his 13-year-old co-
accused was standing outside with a
At their trial, defence lawyers
for the boys detailed the boys’
backgrounds and the psychologically
debilitating effects they had on them.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Young killer out for school, sister
Some dog kennels and catteries
are taking in pets evacuated
because of the Christchurch Port
Hills fire and not charging, the
executive Barry Helem urged
people who had been evacuated
to call his organisation if they
needed help finding temporary
accommodation for their pets or
“ We’ve got good relationships
with other cat and dog rescue
groups. We’ve managed to house
some cats and a couple of dogs.
We’ve got others on standby.
“ If people are having trouble
getting through, bear with us.”
The SPCA did not charge and
some commercial catteries and
kennels were also offering not to
charge for fire-evacuated pets.
People had also phoned in
offering spare paddocks for
“ It ’s been fantastic to see such
good support come from the
community. ” — NZME
SPCA shelters pets,
stock escaping fire
Nearly a dozen homes and
two sheds have been razed as
strengthening winds pose fresh
concerns for firefighters tackling
the massive Port Hills bushfire
now burning fiercely on three
Hundreds of Christchurch
residents have been evacuated
from their homes with police
warning many may still have
to go at a moment ’s notice if
the firestorm suddenly changes
Civil defence revised the
number of properties destroyed
in the fire saying 11 houses and
two sheds had been lost in the
ferocious fire. Four homes were
in Worsleys Road, four were
in Hoon Hay Valley Road, one
house and one shed on Burkes
Bush Road, and two houses and
one shed on Early Valley Road.
Authorities are now expressing
concern about today ’s weather
forecast, with fears as a strong
north-east wind will further fan
the fire and drive the fronts into
Metser vice is forecasting strong
winds of up to 45kph to blow
across the city this afternoon.
Emergency ser vices have been
out since first light focusing on
the fire’s three fronts at Worsleys
Road, Early Valley Road and
The deadly blaze, which started
in Marleys Hills on Monday
night, now spans 1800ha.
At this stage firefighters are
preparing to continue operations
over the weekend.
The immediate emphasis was
on directing the huge fire away
from people and property.
The Fire Ser vice said today ’s
firefighting effort includes 15
helicopters and planes — the
maximum number that can
safely be in the air at any one
time — and ground firefighting
crews from the New Zealand
authorities and volunteers.
Helicopters have been brought
in from throughout the South
Island as well as additional
firefighters from Nelson and
More than three dozen fire
trucks were stationed at the fire
To date 400 homes had been
evacuated by police and defence
personnel with hundreds of other
residents choosing to leave as a
More than 1000 people have
fled their homes. About 450
homes were officially evacuated
this morning, while more people
may have left of their own accord.
“ We understand it’s hard for
people to leave their homes but
the fire can change direction and
move incredibly quickly,” senior
sergeant Ash Tabb said.
Video footage has shown flames
just metres from some houses.
The blaze, which started as
two separate fires on Monday
and which sparked a local civil
defence state of emergency, was
fanned by wind change, merged
into one and covered more than
1850ha last night, civil defence
It has already claimed the life of
helicopter pilot Steve Askin, who
crashed while battling the blaze
No further evacuations are
under way but police warned the
situation was extremely volatile
and should the fire change
direction people may have to
leave at short notice.
superintendent John Price said
patrols were also working around
the clock in evacuated areas and
those at-risk of fire threat.
“ We are providing reassurance
to residents about evacuation, but
also to others that we are keeping
a watchful eye on their property,”
Welfare and health agencies
were on standby, readying to step
in at a moment ’s notice.
St John had dealt with a number
of minor issues.
Eleven evacuees were at the Te
Hapua Halswell Centre late in
Catering was being provided
with donations from the local
A welfare centre also remained
open at Nga Hau e Wha National
Marae on Pages Road.
This morning, Christchurch
civil defence said a temperature
drop and rise in humidity had
helped drop the fire activity.
About 120 firefighters and
support crew have been involved
in ground operations to battle the
fires that broke out on Monday
About 85 defence personnel are
helping with efforts.
This morning, police told
residents near the Sign of the
Takahe around Dyers Pass Road
to leave. Earlier, residents on
Longhurst Terrace, off Dyers
Pass Road, were told to evacuate
Kennedys Bush, Cashmere and
Hoon Hay Valley roads were
being evacuated, as were homes
from the Sign of the Takahe near
Victoria Park. — NZME
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Aluminium High Grade
PICTURE: Christchurch City Council
Fire rages in the Christchurch Adventure Park.
A rubbish truck was damaged after a
fire broke out in the rear of the vehicle
in D unedin yesterday.
Waste Management said the
incident would not affect its ser vice
to customers as another truck from
Christchurch would arrive in the city
Firefighters were called to the
rubbish blaze in the rear of the
truck in Graham Street about 10am
Station officer Simon Smith said the
truck’s driver noticed smoke coming
from the truck’s body while on his
“He tried to extinguish it with an
extinguisher but it was a bit much so
he called us,” Mr Smith said.
The firefighters, from D unedin
Central station, had to cut holes in the
truck to get water in to battle the blaze.
The truck was towed to Waste
Management ’s Wickliffe Street site,
where a crane was used to open the
vehicle so firefighters could douse the
It was unclear what specifically led
to the blaze as “there’s three and a half
tonnes of rubbish in there”, Mr Smith
The truck received “quite substantial
damage” as a result of the fire.
Waste Management national
customer manager Marsha Cadman
said the company would have a better
indication of what caused the fire once
its contents had been inspected by the
Fire Ser vice.
“ We have a truck arriving from
Christchurch to ser vice our customers
as scheduled until repairs can be made
to this truck,” she said.
The truck’s driver suffered no injuries
or smoke inhalation as a result of
the blaze, but it was a reminder for
people to be cautious about what they
disposed of in the rubbish, she said.
— Otago Daily Times
Rubbish truck catches fire
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Firefighters tackle a blaze in the back of a Waste Management rubbish truck
in Graham Street, Dunedin, yesterday.
Pike Mine ‘crime
scene’ MPs told
The Pike River Mine is “a crime
scene” and an attempt must be made to
re-enter it and seek evidence of what
caused the explosions that killed 29
men, a parliamentary committee was
The families of the victims also believe
the remains of their loved ones may be
in the 2.4km drift, the tunnel that leads
into the mine.
The families were represented at
a hearing of the commerce select
committee today by their spokesman
“ We want justice, no one has been held
responsible and evidence can be found in
the drift,” Mr Monk told the committee.
“This is a crime scene and should be
investigated as such. ”
The families have been fighting for re-
entry since 2010 but the mine’s owner,
State-owned Solid Energy, considers it
is too dangerous.
Also at the hearing was former chief
inspector of mines Tony Forster, who
supports the families’ belief that safe re-
entry is possible.
He is backing a report by mining
engineers Robert Stevenson and David
Creedy which outlines a case for safe
“I would go in myself, and I’m not
someone who takes reckless steps,” he
Prime Minister Bill English yesterday
ordered Solid Energy to stop work on
sealing the mine and told it to investigate
using remote-controlled equipment to
examine the drift.
Questioned about that, Mr Forster
said he believed it was feasible and the
technology was being developed very
“ Technically, it can be done,” he said.
“ But if it discovers a body, there’s going
to be an almighty clamour about what
“ We’ve got to have a follow-up plan. ”
Mr Forster said there could be bodies
in the drift, because there were a series
of explosions and if the men had been
deeper in the mine they could have been
blasted back into the entry tunnel.
He also said there was electrical
switch gear in the drift that could help
determine whether a spark caused the
methane to explode.
The committee will consider the
submissions and report to parliament on
what it thinks should be done.
Cadbury to close
Dunedin’s Cadbury factory will close
from next year, with its 350 jobs set to
move to Australia, its owner says.
Mondelez International today told
staff it proposed to shut the chocolate
factory’s doors after 80 years in business.
Three hundred and fifty staff work
there and the first round of redundancies
would take place in late 2017, with 100
staff staying on until the closure in early
2018, the company said in a statement.
It planned to move production to
“This is an incredibly difficult
announcement, given the factory’s proud
history and the outstanding performance
of our employees,” Mondelez vice-
president for Australia, New Zealand
and Japan Amanda Banfield said.
Seventy per cent of D unedin product
was exported, particularly to Australia,
and the factory’s distance made it too
expensive to keep running, she said.
However, the company was was ready
to keep investing into the popular
tourism attraction Cadbury World,
with a final decision to be made on a
redevelopment in April.
The company said it was now
consulting on the changes and would
work to provide other roles to staff
Labour Party Dunedin MP Clare
Curran says the closure is a “devastating
blow ” for the community.
“These people have been proud to work
at this iconic Dunedin institution, and
proud to supply products for export with
a global recognition. My heart goes out
to them,” she said.
She said the closure underscored the
importance of regional development
planning. — NZ N
Body found in forest
A body has been found in
Woodhill Forest at Muriwai,
north-west of Auckland.
Police say a member of the
public found the body last night
and officers were at the scene.
Earlier this month police were
searching the Woodhill Forest
area for Carissa Avison, 21.
She was last seen leaving her
home on Dockside Lane in
central Auckland on the morning
of January 26 and was given a
ride to Muriwai, on Auckland’s
west coast. Police say they have
yet to formally identify the body.
Four charged over $40m fraud
Four people have been charged for
allegedly using forged documents to
obtain a loan for about $40 million to
build an Auckland hotel.
Property developer Leonard John Ross,
50, a company director Michael James
Wehipeihana, 45, consultant Vaughn
Stephen Foster, 54, and another person
with name suppression each face four
charges of obtaining by deception and
two of using forged documents.
The charges relate to the mens’ alleged
false statements and use of forged
documents to obtain credit from ANZ
Bank so company Emily Projects Ltd
could develop the Waldorf Celestion
Apartment Hotel in Auckland.
The Serious Fraud Office alleges the
company was granted access to an
approximately $40m line of credit.
“The SFO alleges that the defendants
conspired to mislead ANZ to secure a
loan facility,” SFO director Julie Read
“The banks are entitled to expect
that businesses will provide accurate
information in support of their loan
applications and a failure to do so may
have cost implications for all.” — NZN
Clark in running for top aid post
Former New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clark is in the running for
another high-profile aid job based in
Geneva, according to reports.
The New York Times has reported that
Clark is on a three-person shortlist for
director of the Global Fund to Fight
Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Miss Clark is looking for her next
challenge after unsuccessfully running
for the United Nations Secretary-
General position last year. She will step
down as head of the UN’s Development
Programme (UNDP) in April.
A report on the candidates spoke
highly of Miss Clark, saying she was
“a reformer, driving much greater
organisational efficiency and a major
decentralisation” at the UNDP.
The Global Fund was worth about
US$5 billion ($6.9b) a year, the Times
The director job becomes vacant on
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
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